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For more information on how to participate in the Applied Materials Employee Giving Program, or on your specific pledge, please call 1-866-474-5121 or email the GivingStation help desk at .
Additional information can be found on the Applied Materials intranet at http://giving.

For any questions about GlobalGiving that are not answered below, please email .

General
1.1 What is GlobalGiving?
Making a Donation
2.1 Is my donation tax deductible?
2.2 What types of fees are involved?
2.3 What is the GlobalGiving Foundation?
2.4 How does the money get to the project?
Projects
3.1 How do I keep track of the progress of the projects?
3.2 How do I pick a project that is right for me?
3.3 How does GlobalGiving select its projects for the website?
3.4 How do I get in touch with the project leader?
3.5 What happens if a project receives more funding than it requests?
3.6 What happens if a project receives only a small proportion of the funding it requested?
The GlobalGiving Model
4.1 How can GlobalGiving have the most financial impact?
4.2 Why give internationally?
4.3 How are GlobalGiving's services different from those of other giving facilitators?
4.4 How are you the "eBay of international aid?"
4.5 What is "market-based" development?
4.6 Are you competing with aid institutions?

1. General

1.1 What is GlobalGiving?
GlobalGiving connects individual and institutional donors directly to social, economic development, and environmental projects around the world.

GlobalGiving was founded in 2001 by two former World Bank executives, who are using the Internet to create a highly efficient marketplace that enables more funding to reach projects throughout the globe and, at the same time, provides a more transparent, engaging way for donors to give.

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2. Making a Donation

2.1 Is my donation tax deductible?
Yes. All projects on globalgiving.org/amat have been pre-qualified for 501(c)3 equivalency status. Further, all donations go through the GlobalGiving Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, making them tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers to the full extent permitted by law.

2.2 What types of fees are involved?
GlobalGiving takes a 15% fee to cover the costs of aggregating and vetting credible funding opportunities and presenting them on the website. There is also a nominal fee that covers the cost of transferring funds overseas. Between 80-85% of your money goes directly to the project you choose to support. Our fee is one of the lowest fees available in international philanthropy, and because funds go directly to the project level, your contribution goes much further than most other international giving options.

2.3 What is the GlobalGiving Foundation?
The GlobalGiving Foundation is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation that processes donations that come through the GlobalGiving website.

2.4 How does the money get to the project?
Each quarter, GlobalGiving pools the contributions from each donor and transfers the money either to the Project Sponsor or the implementing organization. If the money is transferred to the sponsor, they then wire the funds directly to the project leader. If GlobalGiving directs the funds to the implementing organization overseas, bank wire transfer charges may apply.

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3. Projects

3.1 How do I keep track of the progress of the projects?
Every donor has a choice of becoming known to the project leader or remaining anonymous. For donors that choose to become known to the project leader, the donor's contact information is provided to the project leader. This may include the donor's mailing address and email address. In addition, each project listing includes the contact information of the project leader, which allows donors to establish a relationship with those running the project and to follow up on its progress.

After projects have achieved their funding goals, many project leaders provide regular updates on the project's progress.

3.2 How do I pick a project that is right for me?
Many people choose projects in places where they have traveled or where there is an issue they care about. GlobalGiving allows you to browse through a wide range projects from around the world in a variety of themes such as health, education, economic development, and environment.

3.3 How does GlobalGiving select projects for the website?
GlobalGiving works with a network of "Project Sponsors" to post projects on globalgiving.org/amat. These project sponsors — all established, reputable organizations such as Ashoka, IDEX, and the United Nations Foundation — work with local "Project Leaders" to vet projects to ensure they are legitimate, well-run, and satisfy IRS guidelines for international grant-making as well as the new voluntary guidelines for anti-terrorism set forth in the USA PATRIOT Act.

Once projects are submitted, GlobalGiving does a secondary review, prior to posting. As part of the posting process, the Project Sponsor or Project Leader must provide detailed background information on the Project Leader, the project's objectives, and expected outcomes once the project receives funding.

3.4 How do I get in touch with the project leader?
Contact information for each project is listed at the bottom of the project page. All projects feature an email address, a phone number, and a mailing address. Since some of our projects are managed by people without technology access, the project contact can sometimes be the Project Sponsor organization.

3.5 What happens if a project receives more funding than it requests?
There may be some instances in which projects receive more funding than the project leaders had requested. If so, GlobalGiving will contact donors who have contributed to projects that have exceeded the funding amount and work with them to reallocate funding to a project within a similar geographic and thematic area.

3.6 What happens if a project receives only a small proportion of the funding it requested?
Occasionally, there will be projects that receive only a small percentage of their requested funding. If a project is pledged less than 65% of the requested amount, GlobalGiving will work with donors to identify an appropriate substitute project to which funds can be reallocated.

As is the case with projects that exceed their funding goals, this occurs only rarely. In many cases, someone — e.g. the group sponsoring the project — has agreed to provide for any remaining funding needs by the time the project is implemented. For the past several years, less than 10% of the total number of projects receiving donations through globalgiving.org had funds reallocated.

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4. The GlobalGiving Model

4.1 How can GlobalGiving have the most financial impact?
A dollar goes a surprisingly long way in many developing countries — your contribution has a tremendous impact on the local community. For more information on how far your dollar goes, please see The Economist's Big Mac index.

4.2 Why give internationally?
Americans are the most generous people on the earth. They give away over $200 billion a year (about 2% of GDP), while Europeans give away just under 1% of GDP. Yet much of this generous spirit remains invisible to the rest of the world since the bulk of giving goes to domestic causes. Why? We believe that most overseas giving opportunities are difficult to discover, verify, and monitor but given both good opportunities and proper assurances, giving overseas would be equally attractive to Americans. A $2,000 gift in India can train two teachers and set up a basic computer center at a school that will both train over 25 students a year, and serve additional students through weekend and evening use.

4.3 How are GlobalGiving's services different from those of other giving facilitators?
GlobalGiving differs from other giving facilitators in the following ways:
  • GlobalGiving connects donors directly at the project level, in contrast to organizations that run projects but maintain control over how contributions are allocated or spent.
  • Enabling donors to give directly to projects offers them more choice — donors can browse through a broad range of geographies and themes such as health, education, environment, among others — and they know exactly how their money will be used. In addition, our highly-efficient online giving platform allows donors to connect and communicate directly with project leaders.
  • By working through trusted partners, we are able to identify, vet, and promote projects that might not otherwise receive support because of distance, technological difficulties, or language barriers.

4.4 How are you the "eBay of international aid?"
GlobalGiving aspires to be the world's richest marketplace for international giving. Like eBay, we are striving to become an open marketplace where, instead of buyers and sellers connecting to do business, donors can connect directly with project leaders to help fund their projects. We, like eBay, are providing the technology platform for this connection to happen. We are working on tools to make giving as easy as possible. What you see now is the first step towards realizing that vision.

4.5 What is "market-based" development?
Market-based development is how development projects are created, sourced, and funded in an open marketplace. This model drives innovation through competition and transparency and, we believe, will generate increased social returns in the long run.

4.6 Are you competing with aid institutions?
GlobalGiving is a complement to the work of aid institutions. While much of the aid industry focuses on multi-million dollar loans to foreign governments, GlobalGiving focuses on smaller, grassroots initiatives. GlobalGiving is filling a niche that aid institutions were not created to serve.

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