Give Directly to Vulnerable Families

COVID-19 Resources and Updates | 04/09/2020

Katie Gustainis
Marketing & Communications Director, Stand for Children Washington

GiveDirectly is a 501c3 nonprofit that specializes in delivering cash to those in need. In response to the impact of COVID-19, they are accepting donations to a general U.S. fund and also to a specific Seattle fund that will distribute $1,000 per household 

Below is more information on their program, who is benefiting, and how you can give. 

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They're beginning by targeting vulnerable households enrolled in SNAP, living in the areas hardest hit by COVID-19.

"In partnership with Propel, we’re able to identify vulnerable households on SNAP. To date, we’ve paid 1,204 households across 17 U.S. states. Donations to our general U.S. response fund are distributed across the United States to areas with the greatest need; you can also donate to city-specific funds if you’d like to give to a particular geographic region. We currently have funds set up for the Bay Area, Las Vegas, New York City, and Seattle. 

As we scale the program, we’re focusing on targeting 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."

How do they decide who receives money?

"Our top priority right now is moving quickly to get cash to vulnerable families. To start, we plan to target families in the U.S. receiving SNAP benefits in areas impacted by COVID-19. Through our partnership with Propel we plan to begin a first set of payments within days of launch. In parallel, we’re building pipes to reach additional vulnerable populations in the U.S. and beyond, including those who might otherwise be overlooked or are at a critical juncture (e.g. DACA, recent job loss, elderly). Further, we are finalizing our international response plan and will share details shortly."

For more information on GiveDirectly and this program, click here.

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