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Deaths from HIV, TB, malaria could double due to COVID-19, study warns

A report from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria estimates that $28.5 billion in funding will be needed over the next twelve months to address the impacts of COVID-19 and protect the progress made to date in reducing deaths from HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria….

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Why you’ll see more matching campaigns at GiveWell

Lots of charities run matching campaigns with claims like “Give today and double your impact!” We’re generally skeptical of these claims, which are true only if the matching donor would not have otherwise given to the charity.
We guess that many donors who are motivated to make a large gift to charity (as donors who put up funding for matches typically are) would do so whether or not their support is matched by others. What may often be happening with matching campaigns, then, is that a matching donor would have given to the charity anyway but has agreed to structure their donation as a “match” for marketing purposes. We’ve written about these concerns in the past.
But we don’t think matches are inherently problematic. In fact, if executed such that the matching donor would not have given otherwise, we believe they can be highly motivating for donors.
We’re aiming to increase the amount of funding we direct each year, and we’re planning to start regularly running matching campaigns in 2020 ourselves, in the hopes of reaching new donors and learning which channels are the most successful for marketing. We plan to take extra steps to structure our matching campaigns to offer a “true” match to the extent possible.
How we’ll structure matching campaigns
In order to make a more truthful claim about matching, we plan to verify that the donors who provide matching funds for GiveWell campaigns would not have otherwise donated. We are taking the following steps to do so:

Approaching donors who have shown interest in increasing GiveWell’s reach.
Asking if they would be interested in making an additional gift this year to underwrite our matching campaigns.
Assessing their giving history and our expectation of their likely giving in 2020 so that we can see if matching funds appear additive.
Confirming with potential matching donors that we are only interested in donations they would not have otherwise made.
Communicating to potential matching donors that we will only accept their gift in the amount we are able to match from other supporters. This might mean asking the donor to wait to give until the matching campaign is complete so that we only receive the correct amount, or returning unused funds to the matching donor.

It will be impossible to say with certainty that a matching donor would not have given

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Study calls for ensuring access to CARES Act benefits for poor

A report from the Center on Poverty & Social Policy at Columbia University finds that administrative barriers to accessing stimulus checks and an end to expanded unemployment benefits after July could reduce the efficacy of the CARES Act in terms of mitigating rising poverty rates….

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Giving Plunges 6% in First Quarter, Signaling $25 Billion in Lost Revenue for Nonprofits

Individual giving declined 6 percent in the first quarter of this year compared with last year, a trend that would lead to $25 billion in lost revenue for nonprofits if it continues throughout 2020, according to a new survey.

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UK creative industries face $92.7 billion loss in 2020 due to COVID-19

A report commissioned by the London-based Creative Industries Federation suggests that the United Kingdom’s creative industries may see a 30 percent year-over-year decline in revenues and a 20 percent drop in employment due to the global health emergency….

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The Coronavirus Has Revealed the True Nature of Hunger in America (Opinion)

The philanthropic patchwork that feeds millions of families is now stretched to its limits and our “world class” market-based food system is imploding. We need immediate and bold action to reverse this food-security death spiral, says the former head of Oxfam America.

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