As automation changes the nature of work and globalization changes the labor market, we are exploring new solutions to help people financially while also honoring their independence and dignity.  Research shows that simple cash transfers are a more efficient and respectful way of supporting people than many current anti-poverty programs.  We are particularly interested in the idea of a guaranteed minimum income for all Americans, and are eager to bring new voices to the conversation about this idea.



Our Two Strategies

Experiment With New Cash Programs
There is so much to learn about how cash transfers impact individuals and the larger economy. We are also exploring options for how governments might pay for and implement these programs.

Amplify Authentic Voices
The conversation about income security isn't just about policy; it's about real people and their relationship to money and work. Those who are most impacted by job loss and poverty must have a seat at the table.


Current Grantees

Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration

Guaranteed Income Initiative, 2018-2020

The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, or SEED, is the country’s first-ever city-led Guaranteed Income initiative. SEED aims to test a simple, yet innovative, solution to poverty and inequality. Beginning in 2019, the Demonstration will provide approximately 100 Stocktonians with a guaranteed income of $500 per month for 18 months. The income will be unconditional, meaning there are no work requirements and no restrictions on how the money can be spent.

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Economic Security Project

  • General Support, 2017-2018

  • Voter Perception Research, a project of David Binder Research, 2017

  • Listen First Tour, a project of Mia Birdsong, 2017

The Economic Security Project is a two year fund to support exploration and experimentation with unconditional cash stipends. They are supporting projects like academic research, state and local basic income campaigns, and cultural projects around economic security.


Give Directly

Basic Income Study, 2016

GiveDirectly is working with leading economists to organize an ambitious experiment that will rigorously test the impact of different models of basic income over 12 years in Kenya. More than 26,000 people will receive some type of cash transfer, with more than 6,000 receiving a long-term basic income.