Population Services International

Population Services International (PSI) is a 501(c)(3) registered nonprofit global health organization with programs targeting malaria, child survival, HIV, and reproductive health. Working in partnership within the public and private sectors, and harnessing the power of the markets, PSI provides life-saving products, clinical services and behavior change communications that empower the world's most vulnerable populations to lead healthier lives.[4]

Population Services International
Logo of Population Services International
FormationJanuary 1, 1970
Legal status501(c)(3) charitable organization
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., United States
Coordinates38°54′16″N 77°02′38″W / 38.9045517°N 77.043873°WCoordinates: 38°54′16″N 77°02′38″W / 38.9045517°N 77.043873°W
J. Brian Atwood, Ph.D.[2]
Karl Hofmann[3]
SubsidiariesPrudence LLC[1]
Revenue (2013)
Expenses (2013)$579,319,073[1]
Employees (2013)
Volunteers (2013)


PSI has programs in over 50 countries.[5] Its world headquarters are in Washington, D.C. and its European offices are in Amsterdam. The organization employs more than 250 U.S. staff, more than 150 overseas expatriate staff and 8,000 local PSI affiliate staff. Major donors include the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands; the Global Fund, United Nations agencies, private foundations, corporations and individuals. It is a member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a Washington D.C.-based coalition of over 400 major companies and NGOs that advocates for a larger International Affairs Budget, which funds American diplomatic and development efforts abroad.[6]

Board of directors

PSI India street play
Street theater, as seen during a GiveWell visit to PSI in the Dharavi slum of Mumbai, India, August–November 2010. PSI increases awareness about safe sex and a program focused on clean water.[7]

The board of directors includes

Celebrity ambassadors

PSI works with celebrity ambassadors to raise awareness about the organizations work. Ambassadors have joined PSI staff on international trips to gain a better understanding of PSI's work, testified before Congress to promote increased funding of global health programs, and taken part in many conferences and forums to enhance PSI's visibility. As of 2017 PSI has three celebrity ambassadors including; Ashley Judd, Mandy Moore, and Debra Messing.[8]

External reviews

The Life You Can Save

PSI is one of a select group of charities endorsed by noted philosopher and Princeton Professor Peter Singer as Highly Effective in the fight against extreme poverty.

GiveWell review

Charity evaluator GiveWell first reviewed PSI in 2007,[9] then again in 2009[10] and then again in 2011.[11] Initially, GiveWell recommended PSI as one of its top charities.[12] However, in its most recent review, GiveWell states that "The evidence we have seen does not clearly show that PSI has the impact it intends" while at the same time praising PSI for "(a) focusing on programs with proven impact and (b) monitoring whether these programs are implemented effectively."

Fast Company review

In 2007 and 2008 PSI was highlighted by Fast Company[13] as a Top Social Capitalist, noting the organization's private sector partnerships with Procter & Gamble and others.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Form 990: Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax". Population Services International. Guidestar. December 31, 2013.
  2. ^ "Board of Directors". Population Services International. Accessed on April 11, 2016.
  3. ^ "Senior Staff". Population Services International. Accessed on April 11, 2016.
  4. ^ PSI at a Glance Archived 2010-11-26 at the Wayback Machine., Retrieved on November 16, 2010.
  5. ^ PSI's Country Programs, Retrieved November 16, 2010
  6. ^ http://www.usglc.org/about/our-coalition
  7. ^ Photo courtesy of GiveWell.
  8. ^ "Ambassadors". PSI. 2014-09-16. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  9. ^ GiveWell's 2007 review of PSI
  10. ^ GiveWell's 2009 review of PSI
  11. ^ GiveWell's current review of PSI
  12. ^ GiveWell blog post recommending Population Services International
  13. ^ [1]

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