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How to donate

Please consider a donation to OPHI.

DONATE online in British pounds via credit or debit card online through The University of Oxford’s Online Giving Page.

  •     Please be certain that it clearly states that the gift is for the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) to ensure that your gift is properly directed.

For Residents of the United States, tax deductible donations may be made online via credit card through The University of Oxford North American Office.

  • Please type in “Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI)” in the box marked “Other”.

US Residents may also make a donation by mail by printing and mailing the University of Oxford’s North American Office’s Gift Form for US Residents. Please be sure to indicate that the gift is for the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).

  • There is also information on the North American Office’s website on alternative forms of giving, including securities on their Planned Giving pages.

Why give to OPHI?

It is possible to “do something” about poverty. Since its inception in 2007, the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative has worked to advance individual freedom and overcome poverty by combining rigorous academic research with practical outreach. Acting as a nexus for leading poverty researchers, practitioners, business leaders, and policy makers from all over the globe, OPHI advances sustainable development research while engaging in policy in ways that directly serve the poorest people. OPHI understands that good data are vital for good policy and has taken practical steps to remove existing bottlenecks to effective poverty measurement.

The results of this exacting pragmatism can be found in OPHI’s successful partnerships and projects. Four countries, Mexico, Colombia, Bhutan and the Philippines, have adopted the OPHI developed Alkire Foster measure to guide poverty programs within their national plans. Over 30 countries have now joined the Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network with its Secretariat at OPHI and most of these countries are well on their way to implementing the Alkire Foster method to impact poverty.

President Santos of Colombia has called this work “inspiring.” Prime Minister Anthony of St Lucia has praised OPHI for its help in providing a way forward on poverty reduction. The Minister of Social Prosperity of Colombia directly attributes poverty reduction in that country to the OPHI Multidimensional Poverty Index. The Economic and Research Council of the UK recognized OPHI in 2014 for the impact of its research on poverty.

OPHI’s work is funded entirely by grants and private donations from governments, international agencies, foundations, and individuals. We are grateful for this support. See our supporters page for a list of OPHI’s current sponsors.

We believe in showing respect for the resources given to OPHI by conducting OPHI’s operations as cost efficiently and transparently as possible. We also very much value the ideas and experience of all of our donors. To join OPHI and its fight against poverty, please consider making a gift.

We welcome your questions. If you have any additional questions regarding support for OPHI, please contact John Hammock.