About GlobalGiving

The world is full of problems. GlobalGiving is full of solutions. Solutions run by innovative, grassroots projects and organizations that are working to educate children, feed the hungry, build houses, train women (and men) with job skills, and hundreds of other amazing things.

GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities. Since 2002, GlobalGiving has raised $116,767,003 from 394,624 donors who have supported 10,324 projects.

Select the projects you want to support, make a tax-deductible contribution, and you'll get email updates from the project so you can see how your gift is making a difference.

Curious? This video explains how it works.

Our Vision

Unleashed potential of people to make positive change happen.

Our Mission

To catalyze a global market for ideas, information, and money that democratizes aid and philanthropy.

Why give through GlobalGiving?

GlobalGiving is changing the way people give, offering donors a transparent, high-impact giving experience. You choose where you want your money to go, and we get it there, quickly and efficiently.

GlobalGiving enables you to fund the underdog. We give access to new sources of funds to creative ideas and projects that might never be funded through traditional structures and development and philanthropy approaches.

But just because you can fund the underdog, doesn't mean you're taking undue risk. We have a tested due diligence process, and make sure donors get feedback about how their contributions have been put to work and the results achieved - with satisfaction guaranteed through the GlobalGiving Guarantee.

The projects on GlobalGiving go through a rigorous due diligence review, satisfy IRS guidelines for international grant-making and tax deductibility, and follow Treasury Department guidelines for anti-terrorism.

About GlobalGiving

All donations go through the GlobalGiving Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 organization, which receives a nominal 15% fulfillment fee. This helps cover the cost of operating GlobalGiving - finding and vetting projects, providing training and support to project leaders, attracting donors, and maintaining an innovative, informative web presence. It also includes the fees assessed by vendors for credit card processing, mobile giving, wire transfers, and other fees charged by financial institutions.

Most donors choose to make an incremental contribution at checkout to cover this fee and ensure that 100% of their donation goes to the project(s) that they have selected to support. This results in an average of 90% of all funds donated getting to the grassroots project(s) selected.

We also provide businesses and other organizations with custom giving services and help them with their specific giving needs. Some of our corporate partners include Dell, Gap, Pepsi, Nike, and Neutrogena. Learn more.

How can I get my project on GlobalGiving?

We work with registered organizations to raise money and organize donors for specific projects in communities all over the world. Unlike a traditional foundation, GlobalGiving does not provide grants. Instead, we offer organizations an easy-to-use fundraising and donor management system, fundraising tools and training, and access to our corporate partners and media outreach. Learn more about the benefits of joining GlobalGiving.

To start fundraising on GlobalGiving:

  1. Nominate your organization to join GlobalGiving.
  2. Once you have submitted your nomination form, we will ask you to complete our application process, in which we request additional information and documentation about your organization.
  3. Organizations that successfully complete the application process will be invited to participate in one of GlobalGiving's Open Challenges, during which organizations have 4 weeks to raise $5,000 from 40 donors.
  4. Open Challenge participants that successfully raise at least $5,000 from 40 unique donors will be invited to become long-term members of the GlobalGiving community

Join us! We'd love to have you.

Our history

In 1997, World Bank executives Mari Kuraishi and Dennis Whittle were asked to develop innovative ways to combat poverty. They created the World Bank's Development Marketplace, a first-of-its-kind event where people from around the world competed for World Bank funds. The event's success unveiled the enormous potential of a global marketplace for philanthropy, and participants asked for a real marketplace that was open year round and operated virtually. Mari and Dennis saw the brilliance of this idea, left the World Bank and launched GlobalGiving.

Want to learn more about our history? Watch Dennis Whittle's TEDxYSE talk on the history of GlobalGiving:


Our structure

The GlobalGiving Foundation is a US 501(c)3 registered non-profit. As a 501(c)3 charity, donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of US law. Our federal tax ID # is 30-0108263. GlobalGiving has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a BBB Accredited Charity.

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