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    This is the official discussion thread for the cause GiveDirectly. Its EIN is 27-1661997 and it's a public charity based in New York, NY. Research more info about the cause on GuideStar and Charity Navigator.

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    We specialize in digital cash transfers, letting donors like you send money directly to the world’s poorest households.

    GiveDirectly is solving the problem of poverty by simply giving money to people who need it.  A mountain of evidence has been building in support of this approach.  Sure, money isn’t everything, but it can certainly solve a lot of problems for people.  Rather than funding programs with hoops to jump through, or those that provide a certain type of aid, giving people cold, hard cash allows them to decide how it will best benefit their lives.  And the evidence shows that overwhelmingly, people make good decisions with the money!

    Recommended reading in support of this approach:

    The copy below is reproduced from GiveDirectly’s website:

    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.

    Performance metrics are for our standard rolling Africa cash transfer programs.

    Also read Charitocracy's blog post about GiveDirectly!

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