Reimagining impact-related giving, Our Journey So Far.

Mon 17 May 2021

Too many honest hardworking American families struggle to make ends meets and, through no fault of their own, find themselves in serious financial trouble. According to The Population of Poverty USA, In 2018, 38.1 million people lived in Poverty USA. That means the poverty rate for 2018 was 11.8%. This means that in most cases, their incomes don’t allow them to meet basic needs, their hours are long and unpredictable, and they have no real ability to save for an emergency, let alone their futures. It was very clear in 2020, that existing solutions to meet peoples’ day-to-day financial needs were insufficient, often predatory, stressful to whole communities, and resulted in devastating financial and emotional costs. Families and communities are in urgent need of a safety net for times of financial stress.

This led the Team at True Given to ask the question:

“How do we reimagine impact-related giving?”

The Opportunity

We are at the right moment: The intersection of COVID -19 and more attention to the historic response of long-standing racial injustice has provided us with a unique opportunity to not only try out of box solutions, the willingness for people to change and adapt faster. As a result, the trend of strategic philanthropy around the country has been accelerated immensely. And so we can leverage this moment of acceleration to ensure the needs of LMI people — especially Black, Latinos, and Women — are integrated into powerful emerging technologies as they develop.

Our Idea

Creating a platform to support the communities by providing tools to raise, manage, and facilitate direct payments to individuals, families, and communities.

Where we are now

After thousands of hours of conducting qualitative and quantitative research (with LMI folks, foundations, social services organizations, nonprofits, and philanthropists), the team was able to synthesize the information and analyze insights to identify a suite of tools needed to effectively support communities.

From September 2020 — February 2021, the team ran an initial pilot test with a partner non-profit to understand the feasibility of providing cash grant funds. In collaboration with our partner, we designed, tested, and evaluated the True Given Platform that facilitated the fund request and distribution process with excellent results!

We are currently looking for amazing organizations to join our second pilot program.

A sneak peek

Fundraising Tools ​​

Get an at-a-glance view of the donor’s history giving to your organization. Collect one-time & recurring donations for your charity. We offer auto donation receipts, backend reporting, and PCI compliant solutions.

Assessment and Screening Tools

Want more customization for your intake form? Our admin tools let you create as robust of an application form as you like. Easily collect the required information.

Interactive Dashboard

Online Giving, Beneficiary applications, resource sharing & More. Review all your organization activity all in one place. Review incoming donations, the engagement rate of supporters, and applications from applicants. Check-in on your current campaign’s success, build and knock out that “to-do” list, and access recent reports and accounts with one click.

Direct Payment Solutions ​

​​Easily and quickly review applications and approve requests for direct cash payments to your applicants with the click of a button.

Branded Community Pages

Organization pages are designed to facilitate engagement, enable social sharing, a trend noticed among donors. On organization pages, donors can meet our True Given beneficiaries, read their stories, and engage with organizations they support.


Our long-term goal is to ensure fintech entrepreneurs, corporate giving officers, foundations, non-profits, social impact innovators, and other actors who shape the charitable giving landscape harness these new technologies to benefit financially vulnerable people.

If you are a non-profit organization, philanthropist, or foundation interested in partnering with us, please email us at

True Given is a platform where people who can and are willing to donate, contribute funds towards providing cash relief funds for those who are in need.

If you want to learn more about partnering with True Given, we invite you to explore our website and get in touch.