With GiveDirectly, it is crystal clear where your money goes. 

With just a click, unconditional cash transfers are sent directly to the most underprivileged families in Uganda and Kenya. 

Recipients use the money to create a better life for themselves—they may start businesses, provide education for their children, or purchase necessary food and healthcare. 

And it's efficient: With every $1,000 dollars donated, on average there is a $270 increase in earnings, $430 increase in assets, and $330 increase in nutrition spending. 85-90% of your donation reaches recipients.

GiveDirectly supervises the entire transfer of donations from start to finish so that donors will not have to question where their money goes. 

Donate with GiveDirectly and you will know you’re helping people establish new lives for themselves.

Make Your Next Birthday High Impact

Think about it: sacrifice an aesthetically-iffy sweater, an itchy nightgown, a “bored” game, your 7th pair of slipper socks, someone else’s idea of a “funny” read—all those gifts that juuuust missed the mark at your last birthday—and instead, save some lives.

Seem like a good trade? We think so!

So many of us have unwanted (not to mention environmentally wasteful) presents piling up in our homes from parties of years past. By participating in High-Impact Birthdays, you can bypass the clutter and receive the greater satisfaction of doing good.

Simply ask friends, family and colleagues to forgo pesky gifts to you and instead donate to a high-impact charity of your choice, thoroughly vetted by independent charity evaluators like The Life You Can Save, GiveWell, and Giving What We Can.

It’s a very low-time investment, high-impact way for an individual—or group—to raise hundreds or thousands of dollars for proven charities . Perfect for students or those who, while they may not have a lot of cash themselves, know or work with those who do.

So, join us—donate your next birthday, and you won’t be sorry. Do it alone or ask friends to help and make it a group effort. Promote the campaign all around. Then watch the donations come rolling in as you rack up the satisfaction of knowing that your special day has a made a difference in the lives of others.

- The Students for High-Impact Charity and Rethink Charity Teams


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