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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development, International Migration & Refugee Issues, International Relief

Mission: One Day's Wages (ODW) is a grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. ODW believes in the power of everyday people making a difference through simple acts of generosity. Your one day's wage (just 0.4% of your annual salary) can have a lasting impact in empowering others.

Target demographics: People living on less than $1.90/day

Direct beneficiaries per year: 38,000 people, 543 Girls empowered to complete secondary education, 3,088 Children have improved health, 7,917 People have access to clean water, 131 Women and girls rescued from trafficking, 3,442 People trained on a marketable skill

Geographic areas served: 47+ Countries that fall into the low-medium development according to the UN

Programs: Clean water and sanitation, education, health services, food security, anti-human trafficking, and employment opportunities.

Community Stories

42 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a new intern, I have had nothing but great experiences here at One Day's Wages. In learning about ODW's mission and values, I have come to admire the organization's grassroots approach to development. I am inspired by the values of empowerment, dignity, transparency, and mutuality that ODW incorporates into all of their work. I feel grateful to have the opportunity to work with this incredible group of people!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been following this non-profit and its founder since the beginning. Nothing is more compelling than humble beginnings and staying true to living and loving on a calling that only so many really understand. Eugene Cho and the staff of ODW have a heart for humanity. What they ask is not for your everything—though they will give theirs. A single day’s wage can do so much! And the smallest of sacrifice to those called, may mean giving up simple comforts in efforts to save a life or a soul. I have never swayed from their cause and have been so transformed by the impact this nonprofit has made. Their numbers of lead and lag metrics are transparent and telling of what they have done, and what’s to come. The global and multi-generational network of ODW that connect to their cause speaks to The success of their mission and vision. If we are not called to fight for others against extreme poverty and social injustice who will? We need more of what ODW has to offer this world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always admired the heart and work before joining the One Day's Wages team. Working for them directly has only confirmed that they truly live out their mission. I am challenged and inspired by their transparency and grassroots approach to end extreme poverty.

Ranjit V.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a part of One Days Wages for now over 10 years. My wife and I are part of a number of non-profits, and what we love about ODW is the transparency and accountability they have towards each dollar they receive. The model is one that is so fantastic, where every single dollar that is donated (minus credit card fees - yes, that's how transparent they are) goes to the projects they support. How does this work though when they have paid staff you might ask - well that was the first question that came to my mind, and it is really quite simple AND elegant - they hold a gala once a year and whatever they raise raise during the gala is what they have for their salaries and other administrative expenses for the next year. There are so many other things to call out, like how incredible Eugene, and Minhee, the founders are, and how incredible the staff is, but the last thing I'd like to call your attention to is the values that ODW embodies, and the one that resonates with me the most is "empowerment" through which they work with local leaders on the ground who actually know what is required to address their problems in a sustainable manner. I would highly encourage you to just check out their site and think about just doing your part to get engaged, because when we all get involved in our little ways, we can together have a truly lasting impact.
Ranjit

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What I loved working as a grant analyst intern was the breadth of issues the organization tackled, from human trafficking to water security. In this project-based environment, I really enjoyed the opportunity to take ownership when communicating with potential partners and seeing my work creating a positive impact. The leadership and team members kept each other accountable, all the while collaborating in concert to achieve ODW's mission.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I'm the Grants Manager at a nonprofit partnering with ODW. We worked with ODW's fantastic, responsive team to raise a large matching grant for a vocational school program in Nepal - and right before the vocational program was supposed to start, COVID hit. One Day's Wages has been incredible during our process of responding to the crisis. They've extended deadlines, communicated thoughtfully, and offering encouragement and a sense of solidarity that has been so appreciated in these stressful times. It's clear that their team not only cares about the people we're all ultimately serving, but they're willing to work with their partner nonprofits to keep the work sustainable, appropriate to the times, and really grounded in mutual goodwill and cooperation.

If you're considering donating to One Day's Wages or one of their partner programs, be assured that their partner nonprofits - and their shared beneficiaries! - are in good hands. ODW is responsive, flexible, and ultimately very interested in seeing each program succeed. From start to finish, they're attentive and focused on the highest-quality programs possible, and they do their part to ensure that they're contributing to the success of everyone involved - even in a worldwide health crisis. Thank you, One Day's Wages!!

Donor

Rating: 5

One Day's Wages is wonderful! I really love their grassroots approach. Funding people within communities decolonizes non-profit work abroad and I really love it. I got to put together a plant basket for their silent auction at their gala. I had lots of fun offering something I love, that's so simple to do, for a cause that means so much to me. It was a wonderful experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am very pleased to be able to partner with ODW. There are many deserving charities and many people who need help. Sometimes it feels like the loudest get the first help. But the people that ODW serves don't have the ability to be loud. They are just trying to survive. Basic survival. We who live in a first-world country are so blessed, and there's much we take for granted. I am grateful to be able to make a small difference with such a responsible, caring, and loving organization.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have known about One Days Wages for several years, so in 2020 with so many people suffering losses due to Coronavirus, when I wanted to make sure that the money I donated was used for maximum impact, I gave to ODW.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found out about One Day's Wages through DevEx and was immediately inspired after reading Pastor Cho's book "Overrated", which is about the events that lead to the founding of the organization. I have now been working as an Impact Editor Intern for the organization for 3 months. The organization cultivates a very friendly organizational culture and you can tell that it is an organization dedicated to transparency, accountability, impact, and building long-term partnerships. This organization isn't just about looking good by putting a bunch of projects on its website. They believe in fostering a relationship with the organizations they donate to (and often donate to them again and again) to make sure the impact lasts into the future. Being on the communications team, I have noticed that they are also really committed to making sure they present stories with responsibility - making sure that the stories they share accurately depict the dignity, strength and realities of beneficiaries. This is something that really stands out to me about the organization, not to mention the incredibly passionate and kind team of people who work there.

Claire G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of One Day's Wages through my best friend who was interning there. She loved her work and it made me want to know more. As her internship/ volunteer experience was coming to a close that they were searching for new volunteers. Interviewing with ODW and getting the job was such an incredible experience. It has been really cool working for a grassroots organization where I know the work I am doing is going towards such a good cause. I have had a lot of fun curating auction items and working with donors as well and seeing my work pay off was really rewarding. It has also been a unique experience because I have gotten such wonderful mentorship from full time employees, such as Jessinia, who always challenge and support me. Donors can have full confidence that their money is going towards making real change.

Kaiya R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I've learned a great deal from One Day's Wages (ODW) and the nonprofit world. They are holistic in how they support people in need, giving them resources in the form of education, basic infrastructure, money, hope, and more. I appreciate how honest ODW is with their donors and their gala's are always a blast. ODW's staff is first - passionate about social justice and second - employees. They truly care about the work that they're doing and are very appreciative of the help they receive. I love ODW!

Marky S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of One Day's Wages when I was a college student, and was excited that they partner with local leaders to empower change regarding multiple justice issues from the ground, up. My junior year in college I hosted a ODW "Birthday for a Cause," and it was incredible way for me to invite my friends and family to donate to a cause I cared about (I believe I specifically chose an education-related fund.) Later on, the church I'm a part of began partnering with ODW for their annual "Christmas Party for a Cause," auctioning off items donated by local businesses, and church members to raise fund's for ODW's Refugee Relief partnerships. In both my personal, and broader experience with ODW, I was amazed with the organization's transparency (re: funds, their partner orgs, and actual impact), and with how personable and helpful the staff were. So much, that I recently decided to volunteer regularly with ODW! Since being able to see how things work on the back-end of this non-profit, I'm increasingly impressed by the integrity and respect that the ODW staff team embodies. I look forward to continuing to learn from, and grow with this incredible organization.

Josie C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Day’s Wages is an honest, transparent with strong goals and values. After having the opportunity to work with them for the past summer, I have seen countless examples of their sustainable service in action!

Jessinia R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Day's Wages is an outstanding nonprofit. As a volunteer, I have personally been a part of the vetting process to choose projects to fund. Donors can be confident that their money is going directly and successfully to the causes they care about. Every decision made by ODW is collaborative and transparent. This small nonprofit changes the world in big ways!

Ellen E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering as a Grant Analyst for the past 2 months and it's been very enjoyable and informative. Through One Day's Wages existing and new partnerships with various organizations, it's helped me see how so many organizations are creatively and significantly making a difference in the world. It's a privilege to take part in the grant vetting process to continue to make an impact in so many places that are in much need. And the side perk of volunteering at One Days' Wages is the staff who are very professional and friendly!

truehaving

Donor

Rating: 5

When my mom and I started a handmade business together two years ago, we knew we wanted to give a portion of our profits to causes we care about, and we were looking to find a long-term partner rather than supporting different organizations each quarter. We chose to support One Day's Wages and we've been impressed and encouraged by their transparency and their model to partner with other organizations who are doing on-the-ground work in critical areas around the world. We've also found the ODW staff to be very helpful and communicative. We're grateful to be able to support this work!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working for One Day's Wages as an intern has been such a rewarding experience. When you read about any organization on their website, everything looks nice and great, but I think it was really different to see how small nonprofit works behind the scenes. The amount of work ODW's small staff puts into everything that they do is encouraging and knowing that the core values of the organization is constantly being thought about really shows that they're determined to commit to what they say. Personally, I think it's one thing to work where you enjoy it just because, but it's another to work somewhere you enjoy it because you really believe in the work. When it comes to the actual staff, everything is friendly, helpful and always willing to teach. In the short time I've been working here, I've already learn so much about how nonprofits run, as well as the actual urgency of alleviating extreme global poverty.

Donor

Rating: 5

One Day's Wages is truly a grass-roots non-profit who seeks to improve the quality of life for those they assist. ODW seeks to empower those communities through programs which provide human services such as fighting hunger and preventable disease, providing healthcare, job skills, clean water, and support services for domestic violence and human trafficking victims.

ODW is one of those non-profits that is also transparent about their funding and I feel is smart about their approach to fundraising. Their "one day's wages" approach is simple and easy. They do not continually ask you for more and more donations as so many other organizations do. Your donation goes 100% (minus credit card transactions fees) to the program you choose. ODW holds a separate fundraiser, their annual gala, to fund operating costs.

Then there are the people. The people I've met at ODW are some of the kindest, caring, and down-to-earth individuals I've ever met. I support ODW with a monthly donation as well as attending their annual gala, and the gym where I work holds workouts to raise funds for their programs as well. ODW's is truly a great non-profit that is passionate about their programs and is smart about they way they implement them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with ODW for three years & I'm so grateful to be investing in a movement that is making a sustainable difference. Reviewing partnerships, gathering data from reports, & learning more about the opportunities for creative development projects is such a rewarding experience with ODW. They believe in the power of stories, transparency, & seeking justice through empowering those in need. ODW is a great non-profit to support & be involved in!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I became involved with ODW four years ago. It was at that time my son became a volunteer and now is on staff. What I love about ODW is their mission, their commitment, their work ethic, but most of all their vision to make the world a better place! Having visited Third World countries I know all too well the need. ODW is helping people who need help so so much! Their gala ball is a testimony by the amount of money they raise. This is a nonprofit that is certainly recognized throughout our nation as one of credibility and action. I plan to be a lifelong donor as I believe in them to make this world a better place. I admire their commitment to this need in our world! Thank you ODW for all that you do! The children of our world is worth one days wage!

Donor

Rating: 5

One Day's Wages is a great, unique nonprofit. When you give to ODW you get to choose whether the money goes directly to service organizations or to the administration of ODW. Both are important.

Donor

Rating: 5

It brings me great comfort knowing my dollars are being filtered and given to only the most accountable organizations. They take the time that I don't have to make sure the donations have the most sustainable impact.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The time I spent volunteering with One Day's Wages was a rewarding and valuable experience. The organization is dedicated to their work and committed to transparency. If you are a donor, you can be assured that your money is going to the right place.

Donor

Rating: 5

Love working with ODW. Such a positive group. It is truly amazing how a few individuals from our community can get together to learn, educate and assist people who are in need all over the world. With all that is going on in our world, it's refreshing knowing that ODW is out there trying to make this one place we call "home" a better place

Donor

Rating: 5

My daughter was introduced to One Days Wages as a 5th grader and has been actively supporting the organization for 6 years! She has become more informed and understanding of world issues and compassionate towards others through her involvement with One Days Wages. As an organization they have been involved in her efforts and successes and grateful for the contributions she makes. They helped her set up a fundraising page where she could track her own efforts and encourage others to join her in the "clean water" movement.

Donor

Rating: 5

I got the opportunity to learn about One Day's Wages at their annual gala. The stories of how they've helped others in impoverished nations was inspiring. They're not just funneling funds to communities in need, but they're also giving them the tools to help lift themselves out of poverty. Their latest financials are posted on their website showing they've maintained a high program expense ratio and a low fundraising expense ratio letting you know your dollars go where it matters most. I've also had the opportunity to get to know one of their employees personally. Seeing her passion for helping others reinforces my positive view of this company. I can only imagine if they're all as caring people as she is this company can only continue to exceed all expectations and make real changes in people's lives around the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated my birthday with ODW for the past 7 years now - it is a highlight of my year! I appreciate their mission and commitment to grassroots partnerships

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer and donor at One Day's Wages since its founding and continue to be amazed by its growing impact around the world. Alleviating extreme global poverty is a huge challenge, but ODW tackles the problem in such a smart and transparent way. By breaking down poverty to its root causes (i.e. children's education, human trafficking, water/sanitation, etc) and then partnering directly with organizations on-the-ground, around the world; One Day's Wages give me the opportunity to learn, explore and choose the causes I am passionate about and want to support.

Eunice S.

Donor

Rating: 5

From the start of living out a vision in 2009 by the founders, to the official start of this org in 2010, and now in 2016, One Day's Wages has been a consistent, persistent, transparent, and inclusive organization in the movement in the fight against global poverty. I am thankful for ODW, the passionate and gifted leadership, and the opportunities ODW provides for individuals like myself to empower and partner alongside the many great grassroots organizations around the world already doing good and powerful work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After working for this organization, I must say that this is an amazing movement. The staff, interns, and volunteers are all friendly and welcoming people. The organization as a whole exhibits great transparency, financial integrity, and a commitment to global development. The founder, Eugene Cho, is a wonderful visionary and great leader. My experience working for this organization is nothing short of fantastic and I highly recommend it to all prospective volunteers, donors, etc.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first heard of One Day's Wages and thought it was a great idea to raise money and fund small projects that work towards poverty alleviation. Now, as an intern with ODW, I have seen first hand the impact that ODW has in the world. The staff is committed to each cause and works hard to make sustainable improvements in people's lives through empowering projects.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an intern with One Day's Wages and I feel honored to intern with them because of their mission and engagement with my local community. My internship enables me to pursue greater understanding of my field of study (Global Development) and be a part of a passionate team working to alleviate global poverty. I love that they help donors feel connected and informed about the projects they fund. They focus on average people and enabling average people to make a difference in the huge issue of global poverty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Such a great nonprofit that emphasizes holistic, grassroots, community-driven development. All donations go to development projects. The analysts that work for ODW work hard to identify projects where donations will have the most "bang for the buck."

Board Member

Rating: 5

I truly regard One Days Wages as an exceptional nonprofit. Their values, transparency and efficiency are some of the key factors which have kept me connected to this organization. Through them, I continue to learn about poverty alleviation impacting communities all over the world, in the poorest communities, and ways in which we can continue to work together toward this end. We are so thankful for the work of One Days Wages- so very vital and critical.

Krystel P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love ODW! They exhibit such integrity and transparency in their work, finances, and I love their model around partnership and elevating community-based organizations and their own work. The ODW founders lead out of humility and yet strong conviction to engage global issues well! There are so many different opportunities to come alongside ODW and help them partner with different organizations around the globe-- from water projects to women's empowerment, global orphan care, refugee engagement, etc. And I love that 100% of your contribution goes to the project as they fundraise separately for operation costs. I have worked professionally in the international development sector for over a decade and have over 17 years of experience working in poverty alleviation and can proudly say that ODW is one of the best organizations out there pursuing this work. I'm proud to support ODW!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working as a college intern at ODW has helped me in a lot of different ways. Interning here, I was able to experience first hand the kind of work we do. We are very careful and thoughtful when vetting organizations to fund. ODW also marks the importance that anyone can help in the fight against poverty--whether you are a young kid or a college student, anyone can help alleviate poverty. It's amazing to see the partnership we have created and the impact that we have made through fundraising and raising awareness. Since our launch in 2009, we have impacted over 400,000 people. This was all done through empowering everyday people to join in the fight against poverty, creating meaningful partnerships that are vetted, making sure they are transparent, sustainable, and empowering. This organization truly embraces the importance of empowerment and I highly recommend to anyone who wants to get involved to alleviate extreme poverty.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As someone with some exposure and interest in the non-profit sector, I was first drawn to ODW because of their simple mission statement. After working as a college intern for the summer, my belief in the integrity and dedication of this organization was reaffirmed. Not only is ODW made up of a staff that is genuinely passionate and educated about the issues around the world, but it also works on a principle of international aid that actually works. Rather than just throwing money at impoverished countries or falling into the trap of the "savior complex", ODW works diligently to partner with local, community-based organizations in the places with the most need to support their projects. The process behind their grant system is well-structured and thorough, placing an emphasis on follow-through and follow-up. Overall, this creates a partnership model that actually works! On a lighter note, I had a blast working here and the team is just full of really good people. If you're looking to volunteer or get involved, I highly recommend. Otherwise, it's a great NGO to donate too (especially since all the money goes straight to the Causes and not admin. costs! Unless you want to donate to Operations - which you should also do!)

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've been involved with One Day's Wages (ODW) for the past 6+ years and have so loved the way they go about their work to alleviate extreme global poverty. ODW is so thoughtful about the types of orgs and projects they partner with to ensure it actually addresses the problem at hand, prioritizes the sustainability of the work and the local people, and does so without exploiting/romanticizing the issue or people affected. There's so much intention to NOT have a savior complex, which is something I so appreciate.

The other aspect of ODW I love is that they empower everyone to get involved, not just those with a lot of money or influence. I love seeing a large base of young people get involved tangibly by donating or raising awareness because ODW empowers them to use what they have where they are to make an actual difference in people's lives.

There is a lot of pain in the world and there are a lot of great orgs doing work to address these ills, but ODW is one of the few I've chosen to spend most of my time/resources on because of their intentionality, empowerment of everyday people, thoughtfulness, and importance on being raw about the issues while not exploiting the people affected.

Donor

Rating: 5

One Day's Wages holds a high standard that I wish all non-profits held. I look to them as guides in the non-profit community. They use their resources and time amazingly well for how small they are. They vet organizations with increasing diligence and make sure that they are giving money to organizations and projects that need it, are diligent with their resources, and provide information on what was invested. I'm proud to know them and see how committed they are to the best development possible. They truly want to change lives, but not so they can look great and amazing, but because it is worth doing.

For my personal journey, I traveled the world looking for great non-profits (no joke, I started an organization looking for remarkable grassroot organizations). Eventually, after searching every corner of the internet for these organizations, I realized the ones that I liked and wanted to work with had already all worked with One Day's Wages. There was something they were doing that was right.

Beyond all of this, their leadership continues to amaze me with their humility in their service. Keep at it ODW team. I wish there was thousands of organizations like this.

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Donor

Rating: 5

ODW is a great organization that finds worthy non-profit groups to support with grants. They are meticulous in their vetting process, and transparent in their use of funds. Highly trustworthy, and supporting amazing work to combat global poverty!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

One Day's Wages (ODW) is a new grassroots movement of people, stories, and actions to alleviate extreme global poverty. ODW promotes awareness, invites giving, and supports sustainable relief through partnerships, especially with smaller organizations in developing regions.
According to UNICEF, approximately 3 billion people live on less than US $2/day and 1.4 billion people live on less than US $1.25/day - the definition of those living in extreme poverty.
The good news is that, there are already individuals and organizations around the world doing amazing work to alleviate extreme poverty. We're not trying to re-invent the wheel but rather to collaborate and partner with others. In short, ODW is joining them in the fight.
ODW donates 100% of funds (minus credit card costs) to organizations’ specific Sustainable Development projects all over the developing World, with the goal of changing individual lives in the greater context of community. They utilize volunteer staff and interns to engage their donor community, review organizations, and provide administrative assistance, while only employing 2 full-time staff members.
Since November 2008, One Day’s Wages has raised over $1,200,000, and funded 35 partnerships, a lot of it with a relatively young donor base.
The work that One Day’s Wages performs given the size of the organization is remarkable.