We are a start-up non-profit. Our mission is to save as many lives as possible, as quickly as possible, from opiate-related overdose.
Update on current impact: In the nine months from Oct ‘18 through June ‘19, funding from OCRF saved 983 lives (3.6 per day), at an average cost of $135.86 per life saved. We believe this is probably the highest rate of effectiveness across all funders of response to the Opioid Epidemic nationwide.
We work by raising money, and then prioritizing grant-making for opioid response on the principle of net present value. That is—instead of basing grants on a priori preferences for particular geographies, populations, or theories of change—we prioritize funding on the bases of probability, size, and timing of estimated impact.
Incredibly, right now the most effective efforts to reduce overdose deaths are run by local community activists who work on a volunteer basis and operate on shoestring budgets. Most of these activists started their programs because they lost a loved one to overdose, or they are in recovery themselves. Prior to OCRF, these unsung heroes were saving lives in their communities through money raised from yard sales. Here's who we're supporting, so far.