iDE Global

Press Release: iDE Joins Giving Machines Initiative in Times Square — 27 November 2023

iDE features in Giving Machines Across Major U.S. Cities, Enhancing Global Development Efforts

December 5, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kara Prior, myWHY Agency, Inc. for iDE (email:

Denver, CO (December 27, 2023) – iDE is taking part in Light the World Giving Machines project, set to launch in Times Square on November 27. This effort redefines charitable giving, allowing the public to donate specific items to support iDE's global initiatives through an engaging vending machine format.

"We are elated to join in this unique charitable endeavor,” said Lizz Welch, CEO of iDE. “The Giving Machines provide an exciting opportunity for the public to directly support our work. This collaboration with The Church, a leader in global humanitarian efforts, is a significant boost to our mission of sustainable development."

The Giving Machines, conceptualized by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, are a novel philanthropic tool. They allow individuals to donate items to selected charities, including iDE, thereby making a meaningful impact on various humanitarian efforts.

The initiative will be launched with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Times Square, with subsequent installations in various cities, including New York City, Sacramento, Modesto, Omaha, Chicago, Des Moines, St. Louis, Indianapolis, and Kansas City.

Since 2017, the Light the World Giving Machines have raised over $22 million for charities worldwide. iDE is excited to participate in this project, which aligns with its goal to create income and livelihood opportunities for the impoverished.

Items Featured by iDE in the Giving Machines:

**Items vary by city**

  • High-Quality Seeds ($3): Empower farmers with essential grains and vegetables for a season.

  • Watering Can ($7): Enhance agricultural productivity and crop nourishment.

  • Two Shovels ($14): Equip farmers with tools to improve farm productivity.

  • Farmer’s Workwear ($37): Provide protective gear including rain jackets, boots, and overalls.

  • Farmer’s Wagon ($45): Assist small-scale farmers with a hand cart for farm tasks.

  • One Sheep (Price TBD): Offer a high-quality sheep to support a family's livelihood.

  • Latrine ($60): Aid in sanitation and disease prevention with proper waste disposal solutions.

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About iDE:

iDE (International Development Enterprises) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending poverty. Our work within agriculture, sanitation, climate change resilience, and gender equality, stands out because we don’t simply provide handouts. Instead, iDE believes in powering small-scale entrepreneurs and building robust market ecosystems that lay the groundwork for low income and marginalized people to prosper on their own terms. iDE has almost 1,400 global staff – including those in Cambodia – and offices in 10 countries across Africa, Asia and Central America.