Dear friends,

It is with deep sadness that I announce the end of the Maximin Project.

This is not a decision we have made lightly. We still believe that a resource like ought to exist, making it easier for ordinary people to make effective donations as easily as possible. Unfortunately, it is unclear whether a site like we envisioned can be built with the resources available today. It is clear that we are no longer in a position to try.

The Project had three main components: design, code, and research.

Our design team was excellent and I could not be happier with the look and feel of our site and our communication resources. For that, I will always be grateful to Jeremy Slagle, Jaynie McCloskey, and all the others who helped us make the data beautiful and informative.

Producing high quality, easily maintainable code is always a difficult and unpredictable task. But we did pretty well on this front as well and our Beta did what it needed to do when we needed it to do it. Many thanks are due to Brandon Lorenz for his noble efforts in cleaning up and expanding the code base I initially developed.

The real challenge was, and is, research. When I conceived of the Project, I planned on using existing information from other organizations to select excellent projects from all over the developing world. But as time went on, it became clearer and clearer that the task we wanted to accomplish would require much more research and oversight than we had the resources to provide. Still, Brian Estabrook and his amazing team of interns managed to overcome those obstacles in selecting the five incredible projects we featured in the Beta.

Of course, a project as ambitious as ours cannot succeed without a decent amount of money. We ran an unbelievably tight ship, and enjoyed the support of many volunteers, but despite our initial success with the Indiegogo campaign, we never found the financial support we needed to keep the project afloat.

And finally, on a more personal note, I cannot afford to spearhead this effort any further. The costs to me personally and financially have been substantial, and although I do not regret my decision to pursue this vision as energetically as I did, I cannot keep chasing this dream forever.

I am most grateful for all of the brilliant, kind, and generous people that I met along the way. They are far too numerous to mention. I am greatly encouraged by all of the folks out there doing good things with sharp minds and soft hearts.

My greatest regret, by far, is that we were not able to move very much money to the projects we selected. They continue to do great work and deserve your support. Please consider donating to them directly now that we are unable to process donations on their behalf.

  • CAMMES: Vocational Programs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Evidence Action: Deworming Children in India
  • Heal Africa: Health Center in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Pratham: Village Education in India
  • SOIL: Santiation Projects in Haiti

Over the next few months, we'll be liquidating our few assets, donating the proceeds to our featured projects, open sourcing the code for the site, and dissolving Maximin Project Inc.

As for the team, I'll keep teaching, Brian will keep researching, and all the others will keep excelling in everything they do.

It's been a wild ride. Thanks for being a part of it.

My name is Steven Brown, PhD
and I'm proud to have been Executive Director
of the noble endeavor known as the Maximin Project
Keep maximizing those minimums!