Respond to COVID-19

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting all of us in a way no other crisis has. If you’re coping and able to help someone worse off, now is the time to act. Giving directly is a fast, efficient, proven, and empowering way to do so.

149,993 Families Funded1
$98,441,513 Dollars Donated

Africa response

Give cash directly to hard-hit families in extreme poverty. We’re delivering cash in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Liberia, and Malawi.

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Project 100 (U.S. response)

Give cash directly to 100K Americans in need. In 100 days, we aim to raise 100M dollars for U.S. families impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

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Funded or recommended

The Life You Can Save
Global Innovation Fund
Map of GiveDirectly operations

We’ve delivered $150M+
in the last decade

GiveDirectly is the leading global NGO specialized in delivering digital cash transfers. We’ve worked in challenging contexts across 8 countries, from Houston after Harvey to the most remote parts of Uganda, and launched 13 experimental evaluations (RCTs) with independent researchers documenting the impacts on recipients and on the local economy.

We have a proven track record
of performance in the field

88% efficiency

Since inception, we’ve delivered $0.88 per donated dollar directly to recipients in our standard campaigns.

90% on-time

We delivered 90% of initial transfers on time in 2019.

99%+ follow-up

We gathered feedback directly from almost every recipient in 2019.


1 Transfer sizes (including ops and processing costs) for our U.S. program average $1053 each and for our Africa COVID Relief efforts range from $100 to $200, depending on the country. Our “families funded” estimate assumes a conservative $200 per transfer for our Africa programs.