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August, 2017
U.N Study: Digitization of Kenyan Farmer Payments Helps Tackle Poverty. Everline Wakhungu and Matthew Khahmba, Kenyan One Acre Fund smallholder farmer clients

Charlie's Short Takes

Our Team is pleased that our impact is growing significantly -- revenue to our recommended nonprofits is up again significantly this year. This is happening because more of you are giving, and giving more generously! Thank you on behalf of the people living in extreme poverty that our recommended NGOs are assisting.

Our goal is to dramatically increase the number of subscribers and donors to TLYCS through the right partnerships, smart marketing (requiring significant funding) and creating engaging content that will be shared with large audiences. This is outlined in our 2017 Strategic Plan. We are making progress in finding individuals and partners to fuel our growth, and we are very optimistic that dramatically more people will be seeing and resonating with our message.

Last week I had the opportunity to speak to the Gates Foundation's Philanthropic Partnership Team about “effective giving” and “effective altruism. The goal of their Team is "to inspire and enable more informed and intentional generosity by all." I hope and believe that groups like this will extend the reach of our message and our goal of improving EFFECTIVENESS, as well as generosity.

I also recently met with the founders of Effective Giving in the Netherlands and believe this connection will, over time, help increase the reach of both of our organizations as we work more closely together.  

Developing these types of connections is vital to TLYCS’s growth, as well as the growth of “effective giving” in general . More to come....

Good giving and good living,

Charity Voices

A new case study by the United Nations-based Better Than Cash Alliance shows how agriculture nonprofit organization One Acre Fund, in partnership with Citi Inclusive Finance, successfully digitized loan repayments for farmers in Kenya. This move significantly boosted transparency and efficiency, driving economic opportunity and financial inclusion for thousands of smallholder farmers and their families, like Everline Wakhungu and Matthew Khahmba.
Mark Maina works for The Fred Hollows Foundation in Africa. His role gives him a first-hand view of the blindness gender disparity in Kenya. As a father of a young girl, he's particularly in tune to the issues that he sees women in Kenya facing across the board. Here, he shares with us his thoughts about gender, health, and education.
AMF reports on the range of large-scale anti-malarial net distributions it's been running this summer as well as those it is planning for the coming year. Also included in this article is a list of some of AMF's innovative website features that provide a highly informative, transparent and engaging look at all aspects of the work they do and the people whose lives they--and their supporters--are protecting.
The stories we most often hear about Syrian refugees are of those who embarked on perilous and illegal journeys to reach safe haven in Europe. This is not that kind of story. This is a story about what happens when the international community lends a hand so those who are already vulnerable can find a home without further risking their lives. Follow along with Oxfam as one refugee family travels from Syria to Lebanon to Italy to escape violence in their homeland. 

Highlights From Our Blog

by Charlie Bresler
Charlie Bresler discusses why he has chosen to devote this phase of his career to serving as TLYCS's Executive Director and why he and his wife, Diana, donate to the organization. Also, a starfish parable.
by Nadav Steinmetz
Nadav Steinmetz, co-President of Columbia University's One for the World chapter, argues that today's college students must be leaders in the movement to address global extreme poverty.
by Charlie Bresler
The Life You Can Save's Executive Director explains reasoning behind, and concerns about, terminology such as "Best" as well as "Charity".

Team Picks

My Team Pick for the month is a young, Brazilian software developer, Rafael Rodeiro, who is working on an app for engaging folks in effective giving called Ribon (or Ribbon, in English).

We are very excited that they have chosen to support four of TLYCS's recommended nonprofits.

Rafael and the app show amazing promise and it is heartening to see the Ribon team engaged in this development for the benefit of people suffering from the devastating effects of extreme poverty, rather than their own personal wealth.

--Charlie Bresler, Executive Director
I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Sellout. Paul Beatty's Booker Prize winning novel offers non-stop irreverence, humor, and insights into America's rich and fraught tapestry and legacy of race and racism.

--Amy Schwimmer, Director of Operations
It doesn't take much to help someone one or save a life. Here is a heartwarming video of real life situations where people jumped in to help when they saw a need and their moment of kindness drastically impacted someone else's life.

--Stacey Black, Director of Marketing
The research discussed in this Guardian article provides yet more evidence that spending money on others makes us happier than spending it on ourselves. A timely reminder that those things we buy are less important than we think and perhaps we should be looking to spend some of that money on other people through effective giving.

--Nick Hopkinson, Director of Development
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