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Riled Up is a journal of science, the environment, exploration, new technology, and related commentary.  Contributors include scientists, explorers, engineers, and others who provide perspectives and context not typically offered in general news circulation.  For interested readers, additional resources are included.

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Hugh Bollinger

Giving Directly

GiveDirectly logo (credit: GiveDirectly)

Individuals who have donated to a group or organization do so because they want to help realize stated objectives. Every donor hopes their donation is effective and applied to the intended use.

A UK-based non-profit, GiveDirectly, aims to put donated funds directly into the hands of needy recipients by using their personal cell phones. They established a set of core values the organization follows. Over the past decade, more than $500million has been directly transferred to recipients. GiveDirectly's diverse group of institutional and corporate partners includes the US Agency for International Development (USAID); Google, and the NBA. Their stated goal is simply:

GiveDirectly lets donors send money directly to the world's poorest households. We believe people living in poverty deserve the dignity to choose for themselves how best to improve their lives and cash enables that choice.

Should a donor wish to do so, they can even follow their contribution to the GiveDirectly recipient themselves using a monitoring tool to see how the funds were utilized.

This Journal has long supported non-profit and grassroots organizations involved in environmental conservation and restoration such as The Conservation Alliance and their community-based project to protect wild places. We receive regular reports on how TCA used donations to accomplish specific project goals. GiveDirectly is moving further in their efforts to directly reach individuals to see how their lives can be positively affected by donations. In this regard, they are following the pioneering work of the Grameen Bank which developed the concept of micro-loans to poor communities as a means to initiate small business ventures. You should consider GiveDirectly and their unique approach to make a positive impact on people's lives as well.

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