Today we’re launching a new website for GiveDirectly—the first major update since www.givedirectly.org went live in 2011. Our main goal in reimagining the site was to create radical transparency into what we do and how well we do it. We’ve invested a lot to integrate cutting-edge technology into our field model so that we have […]
Candid thoughts from staff, donors, and recipients on our work and the broader movement towards cash transfers.
What Happened When We Gave to Whole Villages
“How do you decide whom to give to?” is usually the first question I get when I describe GiveDirectly’s model. It’s also a question we think about a lot internally. Effective targeting is a core feature of the product we offer donors, and a moral imperative. In 2013, we began to experiment with a new […]
Good Ventures matching challenge: $5 million raised and matched!
It’s official – poor families in Kenya and Uganda are getting the full $5M match from Good Ventures. In just eight weeks, thousands of people have given $5,019,543 directly to the poor. What this community has done is just remarkable: 4,000+: individual donors 32: countries represented $1: smallest donation $100,000: largest donation 3.4: bitcoins donated […]
New ways to give directly
As we race to meet Good Ventures’ $5M matching challenge by January 31, we’ve introduced five new ways to give directly to the poor – all with the goal of making it easy and efficient: 1. Bitcoin. We now accept donations in bitcoin! You can donate bitcoin through our donate page. Bitcoins are automatically […]
Building Our Technology Team
Technology is at the heart of what we do. We’ve built a secure, scalable and efficient platform that we’ll use to deliver cash transfers to thousands of poor households this year, and now we’re planning the next generation technology that will let us scale this platform up to serve millions of the world’s poor across […]
Looking Beyond the Buzz
GiveDirectly has received some media attention lately. We’re thankful for it, as it allows us to share our work and ideas with more people who might want to help. NPR’s in-depth profile on our work in Kenya reached a broad audience and sparked further discussion in other outlets and the blogosphere. While it’s exciting to […]