Why We Invested: GiveDirectly’s Basic Income Experiment

Omidyar Network’s Tracy Williams and Mike Kubzansky describe why Omidyar is investing in GiveDirectly’s basic income experiment. Omidyar Network’s foundational belief that empowering people frees them to better themselves, their families, and their communities has great evidence in the growing literature around the benefits of cash transfers. In these programs, low income individuals who receive […]

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What would you do with an extra $1,000?

Mika Marcondes de Freitas explains what biking across Europe has to do with GiveDirectly, and why he’s committed to donating 10% of his earnings directly to extremely poor families. What would you do with an extra $1,000?   I would personally take a couple of months off and ride my bicycle solo from Copenhagen to […]

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The year in cash – $27 million distributed

The end of the year is always a time for reflection, and this year asks more than most. With a confluence of global crises, and rising skepticism of institutions, the actions we take as individuals – and the signals they send – are perhaps more important than ever. At GiveDirectly, we’ve been deeply encouraged to […]

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On GiveWell’s recommendation

GiveWell has just recognized GiveDirectly as one of their top rated charities for the fifth year running. We’re proud to have been recognized as the “strongest” on every dimension of organizational performance, and are excited to see GiveWell adopting cash transfers as a benchmark for their evaluations. But perhaps most importantly, GiveWell has recognized our […]

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How participants opt in to GDLive

The idea of respect was central to how we built GDLive. For donors, respect means providing more transparency into where their dollars are actually going. Donors know that GiveDirectly is an efficient way to help the poor, but they often ask for more information about the families they are helping. With GDLive, donors can see when […]

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The decision making of a teenager

Zev Minsky-Primus explains why he donated some of his Bar Mitzvah money, no strings attached, to poor families via GiveDirectly. I recently had my Bar Mitzvah, and as you might expect, that came along with a lot of gifts. And let’s be real, a few thousand dollars is more than a 13-year-old knows how to […]

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Why we give directly to GiveDirectly

Benckiser Stiftung Zukunft, a forward-thinking German philanthropy, was looking for ways of giving that were efficient, effective, based in evidence, and had “the potential to improve the future of aid overall.” After visiting us in New York and Uganda, they decided to give directly, in addition to funding a randomized controlled trial to gather further […]

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