Global Impact Award from Google

We are pleased to announce that GiveDirectly has received a $2.4M Global Impact Award from Google. Two things excite us about this project. First, over 90% of the award ($2.21M) is earmarked for direct cash transfers to the poor. Delivering these funds will enable thousands of families to pursue their own goals with no strings […]

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GiveWell: GiveDirectly “top-rated”

We are happy to share the news that GiveWell, a leading non-profit evaluation group, has updated its evaluations for 2012 and now names GiveDirectly one of three “top-rated” organizations. As you may know, GiveWell’s recommendations are extremely selective: their process includes field visits and comprehensive reviews of relevant research, and they ultimately recommend only 1% […]

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Chris Hughes joins the board

We are thrilled to welcome Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook and editor-in-chief of The New Republic, to our board. Chris’s commitment to rigor and honesty in giving align him perfectly with our vision, and he brings a track record of leadership and innovation in both new and old media to our team. Chris has shared […]

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GiveWell review complete

GiveWell has completed its full review of GiveDirectly and rated us a “standout organization.” GiveWell’s recommendations are extremely selective: they look in depth at both operations and impact, and ultimately recommend only 1% of the organizations they review.

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Dialogue on BBC’s Newshour

Paul recorded a discussion on cash transfers for the BBC with Duncan Green of Oxfam and Mike Jennings of the School of Oriental and African Studies. The (heavily edited) recording is available, and Duncan’s follow-up blog post includes some interesting ideas.

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Media coverage

GiveDirectly has been receiving media attention from Time Magazine and NPR, among others. Some highlights: Time Magazine’s Moneyland blog called our approach “radical, if obvious.” They ask: “Instead of using charitable donations to set up elaborate programs (and to cover hefty administrative costs for those programs), all in the name of helping the poor, why […]

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