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GlobalGiving Celebrates $100 Million Milestone

The world's first global crowdfunding platform for nonprofits, GlobalGiving.org, proves its model can work at scale

(Washington, DC) January 14, 2014 - GlobalGiving announced today that it reached $100 million in total donations through the charitable giving websites GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk. The $100 millionth dollar was donated in the final days of 2013 and signifies an important achievement in the organization's twelve-year history, as well as an important milestone for crowdfunding, and for grassroots nonprofits providing local solutions to local problems around the world. Read more.

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Forbes
“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.”

A Year Later in Japan: GlobalGiving and the Long Road
Tom Watson, March 27, 2012

“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.”

10 Startups Changing the World And What We Can Learn From Them
Ilya Pozin, May 9, 2012

Chronicle of Philanthropy
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

FastCompany
“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

The New York Times
“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

“When people ask how they can help in the fight against poverty, there are a thousand good answers, from sponsoring a child to supporting a grass-roots organization through globalgiving.com .”

The Luckiest Girl
Nicholas Kristof, July 3, 2008

The Huffington Post
“...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

The Washington Post
“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

FP
“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

USAID
“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

USAToday
“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 charity.”

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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