Transform Poverty Global

Carrying on Paul Polak’s Work to End World Poverty

In Memory

Paul Polak dedicated his life to serving the 1 billion people in the world who live on less than $2 a day and helping them escape from extreme poverty. Through his innovative pro-poor technologies, the organizations he founded and the ideas he spread, he made massive strides toward achieving that goal, helping over 50 million families earn their way to middle class. Paul was a brilliant doctor, entrepreneur, designer, mentor and beloved friend to people around the world, including the over 3,000 poor people he met and spent time with. He started a design revolution with “Design for the Other 90%,” a movement that has changed the way designers everywhere think about the power of their work. He wrote two books, inspired courses in multiple universities on his concept of “Ruthless Affordability,” and, for anyone who had the honor of knowing him, incited laughter with his puns and his infectious, relentless energy for ignoring “the way things have always been done” in order to make good trouble.

Paul passed away on October 10th, 2019. We are committed to carrying on his work, and his unique approach, through Transform Poverty Global, the nonprofit organization he founded. We intend to have a transformational impact on poverty in developing countries, focusing on creating local wealth for people living in poverty through the production and distribution of safe drinking water; energy from alternative, environmentally responsible sources that address climate change; and food crop production.

In honor and loving memory of Dr. Paul Polak, his family is requesting donations to be made to honor his legacy and further his mission. 

  • For electronic donations, you may safely, securely give following this link: Click here to donate in Paul’s memory.
  • Checks can be made payable to Transform Poverty Global, and mailed to P.O. Box 18532, Golden, CO 80401.
  • For those participating in their company workplace giving program Benevity, you may select Transform Poverty Global to make your donation for a possible company match.

We will honor Paul’s legacy, finding ways for all of us to grow and expand this mission.  We welcome your ideas on how you would like to participate to take this legacy forward, contact us at

Looking Forward