Recipients are Fresh EBT users chosen at random as funds become available. Unfortunately, we are unable to accept applications. Learn More

Over 100K families supported

Vulnerable families have lost their jobs, can’t pay rent, and need help now.
Together we can make a difference by quickly delivering cash.

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Can I apply?

Unfortunately, no. This program is open to a limited number of Fresh EBT users (all of whom receive SNAP benefits), chosen at random. We are not able to respond to individual requests for cash transfers.

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Vulnerable families across the U.S. need cash, more than anything. And they need it now.

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What people need now, more than ever, is cash.

After surpassing our goal to deliver cash relief to 100,000 low-income U.S. households, we’re expanding our efforts to reach more families in need.

Project 100+ is, by far, the most ambitious Covid-19 private direct payments initiative to date in the United States.

While COVID-19 has been tough on everyone, it has been particularly disastrous for SNAP recipients, many of whom were already barely making ends meet. About 80% of Propel Fresh EBT app users who work have lost significant income due to COVID-19. More than half of users report they only have a few days of food/money on hand.

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COVID-19 operations

+Can I apply to receive money?

Unfortunately, we expect that we will not be able to provide cash transfer to everyone in need. Fresh EBT users will be chosen at random to receive cash transfers as they become available.

+How do you decide who receives money?

As part of Project 100 Plus, a small fraction of Fresh EBT users will be chosen at random to receive cash transfers as they become available. The only way to register for this program is by filling out the form in Fresh EBT when it appears. Unfortunately, we are not able to respond to individual requests for cash transfers.

GiveDirectly is focused on getting cash to vulnerable families economically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are also responding to the economic impacts of COVID-19 through our international response.

+Can I choose to whom to give?

No; you cannot choose an individual recipient. Practically speaking, if we did the latter we would risk being regulated as a money transfer service and losing our charitable status. Philosophically, we aim to target the poorest possible recipients impacted by COVID-19, and not those with compelling profiles or narratives.

+Where in the U.S. do you deliver the funds?

Donations to our general U.S. response fund are distributed across the United States to areas with the greatest need. We will continue to update our targeting criteria as different geographies and groups are impacted by the pandemic.

+How do you prevent fraud?

We use a mix of prevention, detection, and auditing techniques to manage fraud. These include, for example, defined staff roles, spot checks of data captured in the field, remote GPS coordinate checks, and independent follow-up calls with recipients, among others. We use government-issued IDs, utility bills, and other documents to confirm the recipients’ place of residence.

+Do you implement the program yourself or partner with other organizations?

We manage the full transfer process, end-to-end. We partner with other organizations to improve our technology and data but our team directly manages each stage of the transfer process.

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+How can I donate?

You can donate via our secure donation page. Once you complete the first step you will be able to choose a donation method. We accept:

  • All major credit and debit cards
  • PayPal
  • Checks
  • Wires
  • Stocks
  • BTC, XRP, ETH cryptocurrencies

+How can I donate by check?

Please make check payable to:
GiveDirectly, inc.,
In the memo field write:
Project 100
Mail to:
PO Box 3221, New York, NY 10008

+Is my donation tax deductible?

Donations are in USD and are tax-deductible in the United States to the extent allowed by law. Our federal EIN is 27-1661997.

If you are giving from outside the United States you can complete your donation through a partner organization. When giving through one of these organizations you will receive a tax receipt from them.

For stock donations we are not qualified to provide exact values for stock donations, your receipt will include the amount of shares.

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+Who is Propel?

Propel builds modern, respectful, and effective technology that helps low-income Americans improve their financial lives. They are the creators of Fresh EBT, a free app used by over 2 million Americans across the country to manage their food stamp (SNAP) benefits. A study by Harvard economists showed that using Fresh EBT helped stretch food stamps by an average of two days per month. Fresh EBT aims to support low-income Americans throughout their financial lives, helping them save money and find ways to earn extra income. Propel is a mission-driven for-profit company, with support from investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins, Flourish, Kevin Durant, and Serena Williams. Propel has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and WIRED Magazine and was named a winner of the NYTimes’ Good Tech Award in 2019.

+Who is Stand for Children?

Stand for Children is a non-profit education advocacy organization focused on ensuring all students receive a high quality, relevant education, especially those whose boundless potential is overlooked and under-tapped because of their skin color, zip code, first language, or disability. Stand makes an impact by:
Partnering with parents to support their children’s education journey and to become strong advocates.
Advocating, mainly at the state and local level, for proven policies and funding focused on helping students reach make-or-break milestones.
Ensuring the changes we champion for reach classrooms and directly support students. To learn more, visit stand.org.

Emergency cash response at GiveDirectly

+Who is GiveDirectly?

GiveDirectly is a nonprofit with 10 years of experience delivering over $150 million across six countries. In 2017, our team ran two disaster relief pilot programs in response to Hurricanes Harvey and Maria. To learn more about this work, see our published whitepaper here: here.

+What’s the evidence base on cash?

Over 165 studies on cash have shown impact across a range of outcomes. Learn more on our research page.

+How much of emergency relief funding is distributed as cash today?

There is room to grow the use of cash in humanitarian aid, which includes emergency and disaster relief. In 2016, the Global Public Policy Institute estimated that if cash were used wherever the evidence suggests it should be, it would account for 40% of humanitarian aid, four-times its current share (Steets et al, GPPI, 2016).

+Will you be responding to future emergencies and disasters?

That’s our goal. We’re currently building both operational and fundraising capabilities around a range of humanitarian scenarios, including natural disasters, conflict, and refugee responses. Our decision on whether to deploy for a given disaster depends on the severity of the disaster, the number of low-income households impacted, and our ability to fundraise for relief efforts.