Awards & Testimonials

Our Awards

Impact Matters – 5 star rating

Often, nonprofits communicate only through stories, without accompanying evidence. ImpactMatters is filling this information gap with a rating system that takes explicit account of how much good the nonprofit achieves per dollar of cost. To assign impact ratings, we use publicly available information to estimate the actual impact the nonprofit’s program has on people’s life. We then compare those impact estimates to benchmarks to determine if the nonprofit is cost-effective. A nonprofit receives 5 stars if it is considered highly cost effective.

The Audacious Project, 2018

Living Goods and Last Mile Health were recognized with inaugural honorees of the Audacious Project, a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale. Together, Living Goods and Last Mile Health will provide lifesaving healthcare to 34 million people across six countries in East and West Africa by 2021 by deploying 50,000 digitally-empowered community health workers (CHWs).

GiveWell Standout Charity, 2014-2018

GiveWell applies a rigorous approach to assessing and recommending nonprofits, including exhaustive review of results and research, in-depth field visits, and detailed financial due diligence. GiveWell only endorses groups that have indepedent evidence proving significant impact, provide best-in-class financial efficiency, and can significantly put new funding to work. Fewer than 10 organizations make the cut each year. In 2014, GiveWell selected Living Goods as one of its “standout charities”.

Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, 2016

The Skoll Awards distinguish transformative leaders whose organizations are disrupting the status quo, driving large-scale “equilibrium” change, and are poised to create even greater impact on the world.

The Life You Can Save Recommended Charity, 2015-2016

The Life You Can Save promotes effective giving and recommends a list of charities that are particularly effective at reducing global poverty and its devastating effects. 

Glaxo Smith Kline–Save the Children Healthcare Innovation Award, 2015

In 2013, GSK and Save the Children launched the first Healthcare Innovation Award to identify and reward innovations that have proven successful in reducing child deaths in developing countries. Living Goods was honored to be recognized with this award in 2015.

Social Innovation in Health Initiative, 2015

A collaboration between the University of Cape Town, the University of Oxford, and the World Health Organization, this award goes to organizations in public health that are improving health care delivery through new breakthrough solutions. The Initiative aims to support the scale-up and dissemination of these innovative models.

Yale School of Management Donaldson Fellow, 2015

Every two years Yale awards this prestigious fellowship to four graduates “whose personal and professional accomplishments embody the school’s mission to educate leaders for business and society.” In 2015, Chuck Slaughter—a 1990 Yale SOM graduate—received the award for his work with Living Goods.

Duke University Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship Enterprising Social Innovation Award, 2014

Each year Duke’s Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of social entrepreneurship. CASE was inspired by “Living Goods’ tireless efforts to promote sustainable, locally-driven economic growth and access to pro-poor products.”

BNP Paribas Prize Special Jury Prize for Individual Philanthropy, 2013

One of the most respected banks in the world and known for its support of philanthropy, BNP Paribas honors select entrepreneurs based on the social impact of their work, their personal and financial investment, and the transparency of their projects.

Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2013

Schwab Foundation works closely with the World Economic Forum to promote leading models of sustainable social innovation. Each year the Foundation selects a small group of winners for its Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award, given to leaders who pursue poverty alleviation with entrepreneurial zeal, business methods, and the innovation and courage to overcome obstacles.

Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur, 2007

The Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation finds, funds, and supports social enterprise leaders “who exhibit characteristics of extraordinary leadership: vision, intelligence, influence, ambition, and a tireless commitment to their mission.” They select groups with the potential for significant scale and exceptional sustainability.

Testimonials

The Adventure Project

“We’re consistently impressed with Living Goods’ commitment to rigorous testing, data-driven results, and immense accountability. But it’s the stories we hear from Community Health Promoters about the incalculable ways their lives have changed while working with Living Goods that is absolutely extraordinary.”

Becky Straw, Co-Founder & CEO

BARR Foundation

“Chuck is both a visionary and an excellent operator. He is able to attract and retain top talent and constantly adjusts Living Goods’ model to maximize the organization’s chances to reach impact at scale. What we have seen so far is only the beginning.”

Heiner Baumann, Former Director of Global Programs

Battery Powered

“Living Goods is empowering women through their sustainable community healthcare that brings healthcare directly to the families most in need. We are proud to support this model that advances women’s health and economic access.”

Colleen Gregerson, Executive Director

Bohemian Foundation

“Living Goods is building a scalable, sustainable model with a focus on results.”

Cheryl Zimlich, Executive Director

Cartier Philanthropy

We’re proud to support Living Goods’ strategic growth in Kenya. Their low-cost, quality community health care model is delivering maximum impact for women and children, which is precisely what we look at and care for.”

Pascale de la Frégonnière, Executive Director

Cisco Foundation

“Three years ago, Cisco made a modest, early-stage investment to help Living Goods develop a mobile technology platform. Since then, mobile technology has become core to their model – used by every health promoter every day to expand sales, lower costs, increase scale and impact, and drive sustainability.”

Charu Adesnik, Deputy Director

Chandler Foundation

“Living Goods is an exceptional champion that constantly keeps quality and innovation at the forefront of their work. They are a systems thinker, bridging technology, government, and a private sector mindset to provide quality healthcare to millions of people in Africa and beyond.”  

Tim Hanstad, CEO

Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

“Living Goods is innovating to improve the lives of women and children through delivering quality, door to door health services at scale. Through their model of supervision and incentives, they are showcasing how we can drive health impact in areas such as family planning and neonatal health.”

Kate Hampton, CEO

COMO Foundation

“Living Goods’ model of empowering female community health workers as agents of change in their communities resonates with our vision of enabling women and girls as change makers. COMO Foundation is proud to be a partner of Living Goods.”

Ming Tan, Head of Stewardship, COMO Group

David Weekley Family Foundation

“Living Goods is truly one of the most entrepreneurial NGOs I know. They have realized tremendous impact in the reduction of child mortality while helping thousands of community health workers to raise their income and better provide for their families.”

David Weekley, Chairman

Deerfield Foundation

“As an outcome payer for Uganda’s first-ever community-based results-based financing mechanism, the Deerfield Foundation is proud to partner with Living Goods. Through our partnership, we are demonstrating a new model for funding community health that drives both impact and accountability.”     

Shannon Plumstead, former Secretary on the Deerfield Foundation Executive Committee

Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation

“Draper Richards Kaplan has backed scores of great social leaders, and Chuck Slaughter of Living Goods is one of the best. He’s taken his business acumen and created a sustainable business model that is employing thousands of community health workers who are delivering life-saving products and education to the doorsteps of the poor.”

Bill Draper, Co-Chair

The ELMA Philanthropies

“ELMA believes that over the long term, this model can transform community health programs in Africa to be more scalable, cost-effective, and ultimately have a greater impact on the lives of children and families at the base of the pyramid.”

Robyn Calder, Executive Director

Epic Foundation

“Living Goods in Uganda joined the Epic Portfolio of high-impact organizations in 2016 and we are proud to support them. Training local, community health workers enables the provision of needed care and services and has a measurable impact on health for mothers and children.”

Alexandre Mars, Founder & CEO

GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance

“One of the toughest jobs in global health is reaching remote communities that live hours or even days away from their nearest skilled healthcare provider,” said Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. “With more than 19 million children worldwide still without access to vaccines, this is a challenge we have to tackle. This partnership could make a real difference, giving community health workers the technology and know-how they need to help the hardest-to-reach access lifesaving vaccines.”

GiveWell

“Living Goods is a standout organization, and an organization that we feel offers donors an outstanding opportunity to accomplish good with their donations.”

Jasmine Social Investments

“We’ve been supporters since 2008. Living Goods hires great talent, measures everything, and changes direction when the data tells them to. We love the model, the impact, the scale potential, and the team.”

Sam Morgan, Founder & Chairman

Johnson & Johnson

“Living Goods is a pioneer in the use of data and technology to support a competent, confident, and motivated community health workforce, with strong linkages to the formal health system. We believe that supporting and championing community health workers is key to meeting our collective aspiration of health for all.”

Joanne Peter, Director, Social Innovation

Montpelier Foundation

“We are proud to be supporting such a dynamic organization that uses mobile tools and data analysis to ensure that the thousands of women entrepreneurs in its network are consistently providing life-saving and cost-effective healthcare in their communities. Thanks to the whole team for their continuous and inspiring efforts!”

Nicholas Cournoyer, Founder & Director

Mulago Foundation

“Living Goods has gone well beyond offering health products and education. They have created a new vision of what community health workers can achieve when you hire the right people, manage them in the right way, and ensure that they have what they need when they need it.”

Kevin Starr, Managing Director

Omidyar Network

“Living Goods’ market-based model and entrepreneurs serve families who lack access to essential, life-altering products. The team is demonstrating their impact, refining their business model, and expanding their capacity; all of which led to Omidyar Network’s continued support.”

Eliza Erikson, Investment Partner

Peery Foundation

“Living Goods is just the type of organization we love to fund: entrepreneurial, willing to take calculated risks and pivot on a dime if needed, transparent and accountable, cost-effective, and most importantly, impactful. Chuck’s experience building a company shines through in his ability to create impact that can scale.”

Dave Peery, Managing Director

Ray & Tye Noorda Foundation

“Living Goods is a model of what we look for in an organization. They are smart about innovation, exemplary in their governance, leaders in their field, and truly profound in their impact. We are proud to support their work.”

Segal Family Foundation

“Living Goods’ commitment to data and honest self-assessment is laudable and, unfortunately, all too rare. This commitment has meant the Living Goods team can ask and answer difficult questions about the model and smartly iterate based on rigorous measurement, not gut instinct.”

Andy Bryant, Executive Director

Skoll Foundation

“At Skoll we partner with social entrepreneurs who are driving what we call equilibrium change—the disruption of social, economic, and political forces that enable inequality, injustice, and other thorny social and environmental problems to persist. Living Goods exemplifies our hopes for systems-change through social entrepreneurship, which is why we bestowed them with a Skoll Award in 2016 and have teamed up with others to provide subsequent support through the Audacious Project.”

James Nardella, Principal, Portfolio & Investments

Swiss Re Foundation

“Living Goods impresses by delivering a scalable, entrepreneurial, evidence-based and innovative network of community health workers, providing underserved populations access to healthcare. We are proud to be among their supporters and eager to learn with them.”

Stefan Huber, Director

UBS Optimus Foundation

“Innovative, impactful, outcome-oriented solutions: that’s what we look for in our partners, and that’s exactly what Living Goods delivers time and time again.”

Phyllis Costanza, Head UBS Philanthropy and CEO UBS Optimus Foundation

USAID

“We are proud to support Living Goods’ game-changing model that empowers health entrepreneurs while delivering affordable, quality, community-based healthcare to the communities that need it the most”

Ann Mei Chang, USAID’s Chief Innovation Officer and Executive Director of the U.S. Global Development Lab

Virgin Unite

“We are hugely excited to be partnering with Living Goods as part of the Audacious Project who, along with Last Mile Health, are rolling out an incredible 50,000 digitally empowered Community Health Workers, providing lifesaving care to over 34 million people.”

Derek Gannon, Managing Director


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