GlobalGiving Crowdfunds More than $3 Million for Ebola - Private foundations join 3,800+ individual GlobalGiving donors from 68 countries to support locally driven Ebola relief efforts
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On December 16, 2014, GlobalGiving announced that it has raised more than $3 million for Ebola relief from donors in 68 countries through the GlobalGiving crowdfunding community.
GlobalGiving is currently crowdfunding 29 community organizations that are preventing and fighting the spread of the epidemic in West Africa. By connecting donors to nonprofits that are deeply rooted in the affected areas, GlobalGiving helps donors make a lasting impact through organizations that were working in the communities long before this Ebola outbreak; the same organizations that will be there to drive long-term recovery.
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GlobalGiving announced today its selection as one of 14 organizations included in the first round of grants from Fund for Shared Insight, a recently
launched collaborative effort by seven funders to pool financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy.
(Washington, DC) November 18, 2014 - The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust today announced a $2.2 million grant to GlobalGiving to support both local and international humanitarian organizations’ Ebola relief efforts in West Africa. By investing in locally-led organizations deeply-rooted in the affected communities and already working on the ground, the grant will fund ongoing activities to immediately address emerging priorities in the largest-ever outbreak of this deadly virus, while also ensuring ongoing support for recovery and reconstruction after the emergency response has ended.
(Washington, DC) August 20, 2014 - GlobalGiving, a US-based nonprofit, has launched an Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund to enable individual donors, foundations, and companies to donate to locally-driven Ebola relief efforts in West Africa. As international aid workers continue to leave the affected countries for their own safety, these local organizations will play a critical role in containing the outbreak. The Fund supports projects from nearly a dozen nonprofits that have been thoroughly vetted by GlobalGiving.
“Because it curates philanthropic projects around the world rather than providing a pass-through for any registered NGO, GlobalGiving has spent a decade building a network of supporters who believe in its work. (Disclosure: I'm one of them). When something bad happens - a tsunami in Japan, an earthquake in Haiti - the urge to help coincides with a fairly deep well of trust and experience. I know the extra mile GlobalGiving travels to both vet and follow-up with its nonprofit partners - largely because GlobalGiving stays in touch through email, video, social media to let me know how things are going. And while the large-scale relief efforts certainly deserve support in times of crisis, my dollars instinctively follow the path of smaller scale enterprises and organizations where I know Kuraishi and her team build real relationships, study the data, and invest philanthropic resources where they're needed. This is social capital hard at work.”
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“GlobalGiving has transformed the way people invest in the developing world. Through developing a network of donors who fund grassroots projects the world over, GlobalGiving has raised over $65 million dollars and funded over 5K projects.”
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GlobalGiving, a charity website that matches donors with community-development projects overseas, has used lean principles to test whether the training it provides to groups that raise money through its site are making a difference. The lean methodology advocates this approach-called "A/B testing"-to identify what's working and what's not.
Charities Try New Ways to Test Ideas Quickly and Polish Them Later Ben Gose, March 2014
“What impresses me about GlobalGiving's approach is that as an intermediary between
donors and nonprofits, they go far beyond reviews of basic compliance and financial
information… In an ideal world, we will truly be able to assess and compare the impact
of various nonprofits - an area in which I have produced, tested, and published approaches in
subsectors since the 1980's. But until we find the perfect assessment models, GlobalGiving
evaluates nonprofits the best way we know how at this point--visits by in-country teams of
evaluators, and references by a large network of funders and experts in the field.”
GlobalGiving: $25 for Your Thoughts Alice Korngold, Dec 1, 2010
“Browse a comprehensive site like Global Giving, where organizations around the world
have posted their wish lists. On Global Giving, my family has donated, for example, to an
aid group in Bombay, India, that keeps at-risk girls from being trafficked into brothels. For
Father’s Day last year, I suggested that instead of giving Dad another necktie, people
sponsor a “HeroRat” through GlobalGiving. HeroRats are trained rats that sniff out landmines
or TB cases, and what father wouldn’t want to be associated with a super-macho
super-achieving super-altruistic oversized rat? The column raised more than $150,000, and
last I heard the rats had detected 594 landmines in Mozambique.”
How to Change The World Nicholas Kristof, June 17, 2010
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answers, from sponsoring a child to supporting a grass-roots organization through globalgiving.com
The Luckiest Girl Nicholas Kristof, July 3, 2008
“...GlobalGiving bridge[s] the information gap between nonprofits and potential donors. It's a combination of a marketing consultant who increases the nonprofit's visibility and the Good Housekeeping seal of approval that gives donors confidence that their donations are put to good use. And it's another example of the ways in which the internet and social media bring people and organizations together.”
How Crowdfunding Benefits Nonprofits and Donors Geri Stengel, August 6, 2012
“Organizations like […] GlobalGiving have been crucial in spurring more small and
mid-sized charities onto the Web and bringing in more donors to their Web sites.”
Network Counts On Collaboration For Growing Good Rachel Mosher-Williams, August 4, 2008
“It took Bono and other rockers to push poverty to the top of the global agenda. Now it falls to Whittle,
Kuraishi, Easterly and other "rock stars" of economic development to help us make sure all that aid
money does some good.”
Aid Recipients Might Have the Best Ideas About Allocation Steven Pearlstein, July 13, 2005
“Mari Kuraishi has proved that, thanks to the Internet, everyone can
be a philanthropist [...] In 2000, the Japanese native left a
successful career at the World Bank to found GlobalGiving [...] a
decade later, hundreds of thousands of donors have pooled their funds
- the average donation is around $25 - to give more than $50 million
to more than 4,500 projects. [...] 'With masses of active people' she
has said, 'we'll get more innovation, more creativity, more of a shot
at solving the problem of global poverty.'”
The Foreign Policy Top 100 Global Thinkers December 2011
“The GlobalGiving alliance positions the Agency in an interesting new space.
[…] It is a great opportunity for us to help create this new marketplace and
through it to enhance the impact of our foreign assistance investments."
Website Makes it Easy to Donate Aid Holly Wise, January 14, 2004
“Broadly defined as direct interaction between individual donors and projects
(with non-profits usually verifying cases and facilitating donations), microphilanthropy
— typified by groups such as GlobalGiving — is growing fast….
People want to have a say in where their money goes and know they are making a
difference. Thanks to technology, they can. Microphilanthropy is changing the face of
Microphilanthropy is changing the face of charity Laura Vanderkam, November 18, 2010
GlobalGiving's Co-Founder, Mari Kuraishi
From her vantage point as a both a historian and a global economic leader, Mari Kuraishi has seen that human progress is not as inexorable as we tend to think. Society indeed advances, but people get left behind. The path of progress diverges or disappears altogether. Kuraishi teaches us to follow the crooked path and never forget one single decision does not lead to a life well lived.
Mari Kuraishi: The Crucial Moment is Now Business Innovation Factory Summit (BIF-7), September 2011
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