(November 16, 2005) — GlobalGiving, an Internet-based philanthropy service that connects individual and institutional donors directly to social, economic development, and environmental projects around the world, provides donors with a broad selection of trackable projects to choose from when they are moved to help those with critical needs.
In Kashmir, where a devastating earthquake last month killed at least 79,000 people, injured 80,000 others, and rendered more than three million survivors homeless, GlobalGiving mobilized its partners in the region, enabling them to post relief and recovery projects for funding on www.globalgiving.org. Projects currently available for funding range from those providing short-term emergency relief—food, shelter, and medical care—to others focused on longer-term recovery—rebuilding homes, schools, and providing financial assistance for economic development efforts.
In addition, The North Face, one of GlobalGiving's corporate partners, is facilitating an in-store collection event November 18-23 where consumers can donate used or new tents, warm clothing, sleeping bags and other critically-needed outdoor gear to earthquake victims. GlobalGiving has connected The North Face with relief organizations on the ground who, together with several The North Face athletes, will help distribute the goods to survivors in some of the most remote and currently inaccessible villages in the Kashmir region of India and Pakistan. GlobalGiving and The North Face have an existing international philanthropy program that supports projects in communities where The North Face athletes explore.
Although GlobalGiving's primary emphasis is on supporting international giving opportunities, the organization also is channeling funds to specific projects in Hurricane Katrina-ravaged areas of the U.S. that focus on long-term rebuilding and recovery. For example, one project allows donors to provide seed capital for individuals in the Mississippi delta region to start small businesses. Individuals or groups can choose to support specific projects or a general fund that will be allocated to a portfolio of projects. Either way, all donors on GlobalGiving can check back to see how money was spent and how projects are progressing.
"In a year in which natural disasters occurred all too frequently, GlobalGiving has been an extremely responsive partner," said Suzanne Brooks, Director of the Center for International Disaster Information, which serves as a resource and handles inquiries related to international disasters. "Through their ability to identify and vet high-quality projects in the affected areas quickly and efficiently, and attract donors at all levels to the projects, GlobalGiving is an innovative resource that allows the public to respond to emergencies by contributing directly to work being done on the front lines."
The GlobalGiving model of direct-to-project giving, with an emphasis on long-term recovery following a disaster, has proved successful since last December when the massive Tsunami struck South Asia. Through GlobalGiving, donors helped provide vocational skill training and loans enabling 250 women in the state of Tamil Nadu, India to start their own businesses. They also supported the purchase of 100 fishing boats and nets, which will benefit 5,000 Indian families by providing them with the means of restoring their livelihoods. These projects demonstrate how GlobalGiving's focus extends beyond immediate relief to create long-term sustainability.
"Since the tsunami hit, we've had school classrooms raise money to rehabilitate a fishing community in Thailand, employees from companies like Applied Materials and HP fund water purification systems for thousands of villagers, and community foundations funding the rebuilding of schools and playgrounds." says Dennis Whittle, Chairman and Founder of GlobalGiving. "As the public becomes increasingly discerning in selecting the causes they choose to support and specifying how their contributions will be used, GlobalGiving provides a flexible, highly-transparent giving experience that facilitates a direct connection."
In 2005, GlobalGiving donors have contributed more than $1.1 million to 46 disaster-related projects.
GlobalGiving is the emerging marketplace for international aid. It directly connects social entrepreneurs in the developing world with individuals, corporations, and institutions that have an interest in funding social, environmental, and economic development projects. Founded in 2000 by two ex-World Bank executives, GlobalGiving is growing the overall development market by engaging donors and social entrepreneurs who have historically been marginalized by the international aid system. GlobalGiving has partnerships with Visa International and Hewlett-Packard and has received financial support from the Skoll, Omidyar, Sall, William and Flora Hewlett, Mott, Kellogg and Calvert Foundations, as well as USAID. For more information, please see www.globalgiving.org.
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