HandUp is a direct donation system for homeless people and others in need in your neighborhood. With HandUp, you can donate to a specific person via their web profile or SMS, learn about their story and needs, and hear updates on their progress. Fulfillment partners and retailers on the ground ensure members use donations on basics like food, clothing, and housing. Empowerment and financial literacy are baked in.
Every year 3.5 million Americans experience homelessness and 50 million live below the poverty line. Here in San Francisco 7k people are homeless and 100k+ people are living in poverty. There is a growing demand for direct and transparent solutions.
HandUp is first and foremost a technology company with a focus on building scalable solutions to urban poverty. Our product and trusted brand enable people in-need, and the organizations that serve them, to more effectively raise money from their communities while strengthening human connections.
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