Spotlight on nominee GiveDirectly

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Nominee GiveDirectly

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee GiveDirectly, nominated by donor zardoz. They specialize in digital cash transfers, letting donors like you send money directly to the world’s poorest households. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (see social sharing icons at top of post) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee GiveDirectly

Send money directly to people living in poverty

We can end poverty in our lifetime. Direct giving is an efficient, proven, and empowering way to help.

We’ve delivered $500M+ in the last decade

GiveDirectly is the leading global NGO specialized in delivering digital cash transfers. We’ve worked in challenging contexts across 9 countries, from Houston after Harvey to the most remote parts of Uganda, and launched 15 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

89% efficiency: Since inception, we’ve delivered $0.89 per donated dollar directly to recipients.

92% on-time: We delivered 92% of initial transfers on time in 2021.

99% follow-up: We gathered feedback directly from almost every recipient in 2021.

So please visit the page of nominee GiveDirectly to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this message from Rwandan farmers Uwamariya & Iyamuremye reacting to news of cash coming to their village.

Spotlight on nominee Massachusetts Bail Fund

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Nominee Massachusetts Bail Fund

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Massachusetts Bail Fund, nominated by donor jzp-charitocracy. They pay bail so low-income people can stay free while they resolve their cases, keeping families and communities stable. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (see social sharing icons at top of post) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Massachusetts Bail Fund

"There can be no equal justice where the kind of trial a man gets depends on the amount of money he has.”
-U.S. Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black, 1964

The Massachusetts Bail Fund posts bails for people who can't afford to pay their own bails in Massachusetts.

Mission:

The Massachusetts Bail Fund pays bail in Massachusetts so that low-income people can stay free while they work towards resolving their case, allowing individuals, families, and communities to stay productive, together, and stable. The Massachusetts Bail Fund is committed to the harm reduction of freeing individuals serving pre-trial sentences, and to abolishing pre-trial detention and supervision in the long-term.

Massachusetts jails are filled with people awaiting trial simply because they cannot afford bail. Bail leads to longer incarcerations times, lost jobs, lost housing, and devastated families. The Massachusetts Bail Fund provides bail for people who cannot afford to pay.

History:

When someone is arrested in Massachusetts, a bail commissioner at the police station or a judge at the courthouse decides whether or not the individual will be required to provide money that will ensure that they return to court. This money is their bail. If they cannot afford it, they will be held in jail until their case is over.

According to Massachusetts Law, bail is meant to ensure that people return to court. The bail amount set by a judge does not always reflect the seriousness of a charge. Low bail can be set on any of number of charges, including felonies. A group of defense attorneys and social workers noticed that it was instead keeping their clients behind bars. Many of their clients were spending months or years in jail awaiting the conclusion of their cases simply because they couldn't afford their bail, sometimes as little as $25.00. As a result clients were forced out of their homes, jobs, and communities, making effective representation and treatment increasingly difficult. The Massachusetts Bail Fund was created to address this inequity. Using all donated funds, the Bail Fund provides bail assistance for low-income individuals.

'The cost' of bail:

Being held during the pretrial period has disastrous impacts on a person’s life. Incarceration of even a few days can have a serious impact on defendants' families, housing, employment, and health. People are fired from jobs, evicted from public housing, dropped from public assistance, and kicked out of shelters. Students miss classes and parents lose custody of their children. Despite this cost, research shows that reliance on cash bail is no better than effective pretrial conditions or phone or mail reminders in ensuring that a defendant returns to court to address his or her case.

People who are held during the pretrial period are more likely to be convicted and receive harsher sentences than those who are released on bail. The longer a person stays in jail, the more likely he or she is to plead guilty to a crime simply because doing so would ensure release. The desire to go home is a powerful motivator and is used as a bargaining chip by the prosecution in order to push for a plea.

A defendant's ability to address legal charges while in the community rather than in jail results in better legal outcomes. The Massachusetts Bail Fund pays bail so that low-income people can stay free while they work towards resolving their case, allowing individuals, families, and communities to stay productive, together, and stable.

So please visit the page of nominee Massachusetts Bail Fund to vote for, like, or discuss this cause!

Spotlight on nominee Tree of Hope Haiti

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Nominee Tree of Hope Haiti

Next in our series of posts about new Charitocracy nominees, we have nominee Tree of Hope Haiti, nominated by donor Maggie. They spread the gospel of Christ to Haitians through community development rooted in God’s love. You can find their web site here.

A few words on Charitocracy

Firstly, for newcomers: here's how it works. Donors pool their monthly contributions, as little as $1. The cause with the most votes each month wins the pot. No matter how much or how little you contribute, each donor at Charitocracy gets one vote. This is where charity meets democracy. So please share this post (see social sharing icons at top of post) and ask your friends to join us and vote! That's how we spread the word and, as a result, grow the monthly pot. The bigger the pot, the bigger our positive impact on the world!

About nominee Tree of Hope Haiti

4 Main Branches of Ministry

Child Sponsorship

~ Providing Education
Education in Haiti in not guaranteed and can often be inaccessible or incomplete. TOHH has a vision to see every child in our community enrolled in school.

Building Homes

~ House Building Projects
TOHH is working towards the goal of every family in our community having a permanent, dry, and secure place to call home. Join us in raising funds to help those in need of shelter.

Community Water Tower

~ Providing Clean Water
Most homes in our community do not have running water. Families must then carry back a minimum of 25 gallons of water - per day, to complete the most basic of tasks for the survival of a family such as cooking, cleaning, drinking, bathing and laundry. Thanks to our TOHH donors we have been able to give clean water to our community since November 2014 and currently support up to 800 families with clean water.

TOHH Pavilion

~ Community Outreach
Pavilion Ministry was a natural outgrowth of the relationships we've built in the community. Adult bible study, school supply distribution, birthday parties, Christmas giving, Easter program, financial peace (micro loan training), medical clinics, summer camp and sports tournaments are just some examples of how we spread the love of Jesus, through community outreach in our Pavilion area.

So please visit the page of nominee Tree of Hope Haiti to vote for, like, or discuss this cause! And check out this short 2021 thank you video from TOHH's sponsored children and recent graduates.