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Reading/Giving: GiveDirectly’s 2019 Annual Non-Report and End-of-Year Matching Donations

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From: Piali Mukhopadhyay info@givedirectly.org
Date: Sat, Dec 28, 2019 at 1:57 PM
Subject: GiveDirectly’s annual non-report (+ final match)

Dear giving community —

Our team has never loved the idea of glossy annual reports: expensive magazines with more pictures than words, vanity statistics in lieu of evidence, lists of wins with no misses.

We think it’s important to give you a sense of how it’s really going at GiveDirectly. So this year, our team put together a simple deck looking back at 2019 — we’ve been calling it our “annual non-report.” We hope you’ll take a look and continue holding us accountable.

In the spirit of being transparent about our progress: we’re now four days from the end of 2019 and 93% of the way to $50M. If we miss this threshold, we risk underperforming against our fundraising performance in 2018, meaning fewer dollars raised for people living in extreme poverty year over year.

Given how close we are to either hitting or missing this target, one anonymous donor surprised us by offering to match $350,000 in donations made through Dec. 31st (up to $20k).

To have your online donation matched, simply click on the link below. If you’d like to donate by check or wire, reply to this email for instructions.

Thank you for the trust you put in our team to deliver your donation, and the trust you put in recipients to spend it.


Piali Mukhopadhyay
COO, GiveDirectly

–Correspondence, received 28 Dec. 2019 at 1:57 PM

If you’re not familiar with GiveDirectly, or their approach — direct, unconditional cash aid to people living in extreme poverty — check out their operating model, an independent rating of their effectiveness from GiveWell, and recent peer-reviewed RCT findings on the effectiveness of direct cash aid in rural Kenya. They have recently launched new programs in Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Malawi.

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