(January 25, 2006) — Since January 2005, donors through GlobalGiving, an Internet-based philanthropy service putting donors in control of where their money is spent, gave to 46 projects that:
- brought clean water to more than 135,000 people;
- provided shelter for over 20,000 people;
- supplied food to almost 23,000 people;
- educated more than 3,400 children;
- equipped 6,200 people with boats to regain their livelihoods; and
- delivered vital news and information to 50,000 people.
"GlobalGiving has found a niche with individuals, family foundations, and corporations that don't want to do "typical" giving to large organizations when disaster strikes," said Dennis Whittle, cofounder, Chairman and CEO of GlobalGiving. "Through GlobalGiving, donors can direct their funds to specific projects they can support and track."
A broad range of donors selected projects through GlobalGiving. For example,
- A school classroom in Lakeville, Connecticut pooled their funds, contributing over $5,000 to equip and staff 12 childcare centers in Tamil Nadu, India, providing children with vocational training, counseling, and nutritional supplements.
- A mobile home park in Lakeshore, Florida pooled contributions to give $482, providing a fishing boat and nets for fishermen in India. Each boat provides enough income to support 4-5 families.
- Approximately 375 HP employees contributed over $135,000, matched by the corporation, yielding more than $270,000. This amount was allocated to several projects, including $45,000 allowing 40,000 displaced Indonesian tsunami survivors to receive sustained access to news and information programs addressing short-term survival and long-term recovery needs.
- Telluride Foundation, which normally directs donations to nonprofits in the local Telluride community, made an exception, sending $90,000 to three projects in Sri Lanka—building a well and playground in Mullaitivu and Batticaloa, rebuilding several preschools along the East coast, and providing a brick-making machine in Perlya enabling villagers to rebuild homes and schools themselves.
- The North Face donated $35,000 to help a small fishing village in India rebuild its fishing boats, the mainstay of the local people. Fishermen were able to immediately feed their families, and are now fully back at work, providing food for 312 families.
"We received $374,000 in funding for our projects in India and Sri Lanka from donors through GlobalGiving," said Katie Schmitz de Fernández, Director of Business and Market Development for WaterHealth International. "GlobalGiving donors are an immediate, direct source of funding, and because of GlobalGiving's speed and efficiency, we have been able to provide clean water for more than 40,000 people to date, a number that will grow beyond 100,000 soon, when the installations are all completed."
Read about the impact of other tsunami-related rebuilding projects at www.globalgiving.org/tsunami_update.
GlobalGiving is the first Internet-based platform for project-specific global philanthropy. Our vision is to build a highly-efficient philanthropy marketplace where individuals, corporations, and other institutions can find and direct their funds to social, environmental, and economic development projects around the world. By aggregating many donors, GlobalGiving enables NGOs of all sizes to tap into a new source of funding going directly to the project level, giving every dollar more impact. Since GlobalGiving launched in 2002, it has facilitated the flow of over $2.7 million to over 470 projects. GlobalGiving partners with eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo, and The North Face, among others. Major funding partners include Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, USAID, and the Sall Family Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by the WK Kellogg Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and HP.
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