GiveDirectly, Inc

Send money directly to the extreme poor.

aka GiveDirectly   |   New York, NY   |  www.givedirectly.org

Mission

GiveDirectly's mission is to reshape international giving, making unconditional, direct cash transfers to the poor the benchmark against which other interventions are evaluated. We believe the best way of achieving this mission is by maximizing cash delivered to the poor, with the ultimate aim of ending extreme poverty.

Ruling year info

2010

President & Co-Founder

Michael Faye

Chairman & Co-Founder

Paul Niehaus

Main address

Church Street Station P.O. Box 3221

New York, NY 10008 USA

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Formerly known as

GiveDirect

EIN

27-1661997

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The international community will spend nearly $30B in humanitarian aid this year, and roughly another $100 billion on household level assistance to tackle extreme poverty. Much of this, consumed by expensive overhead and complicated program costs, will never reach the intended beneficiaries; the rest will too often be spent on unproven interventions or unwanted goods and services. With over 165 studies, unconditional, direct cash transfers are among the most well-researched and proven approaches to reducing poverty and improving lives, but currently only a small percent of international aid takes the form of direct cash giving.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Standard Cash Transfers Program

GiveDirectly uses mobile payment technology to send poor families cash, no strings attached. Families receive approximately $1000 USD each, and can spend their money towards whatever purpose they choose. There have been over 165 studies on cash transfers, showing impact across a range of health, educational, and financial outcomes.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GiveDirectly’s aims to reshape the social sector by establishing cash as a benchmark with the ultimate aim of ending poverty.

Our strategy to end poverty is to deliver as much money as possible into the hands of the world’s neediest. We locate extremely poor villages using poverty data from national surveys, enroll recipients, and send transfers using electronic payments services. Through randomized control trials, we are able to research the effect of cash transfers on the lives of people who are extremely poor, thereby driving awareness of the efficiency of cash to influence sector change.

GiveDirectly is the first non-profit organization in the world devoted entirely to delivering cash transfers to help eradicate global poverty. GiveDirectly has consistently been recognised as a high-performing organisation, receiving a top recommendation from nonprofit evaluator GiveWell for six years running, as well as the inaugural Google Global Impact Award. We have an extensive network of partners, including bilateral donors (DFID and USAID), multilateral agencies (UNHCR and WFP) and major private philanthropic investors (Google, Omidyar, Good Ventures, IKEA Foundation, Conrad Hilton).

Over the past seven years, GiveDirectly has delivered more than $150 million in unconditional cash transfers to approximately 120,000 households living in extreme poverty in rural Africa. Each year, we aim to give more money directly to people living in extreme poverty and drive awareness in the sector as to the efficiency of cash transfers as a form of giving.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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GiveDirectly, Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/21/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Paul Niehaus

GiveDirectly


Board co-chair

Michael Faye

GiveDirectly

Paul Niehaus

GiveDirectly

Michael Faye

GiveDirectly

Jacqueline Fuller

Google.org

Aly Jeddy

McKinsey & Company

Samuel Mwamburi Mwale

Farasi Strategy Advisors, Ltd.

Kamau Wairuri

Lotus Consulting

Rohit Wanchoo

Alpine Grove Partners

Raphael Gitau

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No