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GiveDirectly COVID-19 Response


Covid19 Response





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{"ops":[{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"We’re delivering cash to families impacted by COVID-19 in the U.S."},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nWe’re responding to this crisis by doing what we’ve done for a decade: delivering cash. Each household will receive $1k, and we expect the main constraint on how many we can reach will be how much we can raise.\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"We also plan to respond internationally, and are finalizing those details. Will share shortly."},{"insert":"\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"We’re beginning by targeting vulnerable households enrolled in SNAP, living in the areas hardest hit by COVID-19."},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\nIn partnership with "},{"attributes":{"color":"#095845","link":"https://www.joinpropel.com/"},"insert":"Propel"},{"insert":", we’re able to identify vulnerable households on SNAP, most of whom are single mothers. We’ll begin by enrolling 200 households to receive the first payments and then expand, focusing on other populations in need who could be missed or underserved by other programs. We’ll update payment size and structure as we learn more about the need.\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"We’re doing this because we believe …"},{"attributes":{"header":2},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"1. Cash is the right instrument."},{"attributes":{"header":5},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"You won’t be surprised to hear that from us, but to recap a decade of evidence and experience: it is fast, efficient, effective, and can have multiplier effects on the economy.\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"2. The government response will likely not be enough."},{"attributes":{"header":5},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"We’re glad that the government is considering direct cash payments, but even if it does as we hope, we expect there will be delays and not enough money fast enough to the most vulnerable.\n\n"},{"attributes":{"bold":true},"insert":"3. We can execute well."},{"attributes":{"header":5},"insert":"\n"},{"insert":"We’ve been giving cash since 2008, and have delivered over $150M to poor people in situations as diverse as Liberia, DRC during Ebola, urban Nairobi, and Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. When we’ve responded selectively to US crises in the past, we’ve seen positive results both in terms of immediate impact and longer-term interest in giving internationally.\n"}]}

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