Nonprofit Chronicles

Journalism about nonprofit organizations and their impact

True to its name, Unorthodox Philanthropy got started with an out-of-the-ordinary proposition. In 2010, on a crowdsourcing website called Innocentive, the funder announced that it was seeking “novel, unorthodox opportunities for philanthropic investment with the potential to generate extraordinary returns to society.” It promised a prize of at least $10,000 to the best idea. Nearly …

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Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and his wife Cari Tuna today said they will donate $25 million to GiveDirectly, a nonprofit that makes direct cash transfers to extremely poor people in Kenya and Uganda. It’s the largest gift to date to GiveDirectly, the largest ever shaped by the ideas of Effective Altruism and the largest so …

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You know the proverb: Give a man to fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. But what if we’re not very good at giving fishing lessons? What if, instead, we simply give money to poor people, and let them decide how to …

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