Year In Review
Our Top 10 Stories From

2017 tested us.

It tested our promise to protect refugees from harm, irrespective of borders and places of birth.
It tested our resiliency in the face of devastating natural disasters, which rocked communities around the world, back to back.
It tested our commitment to hold on to common ground, as political and ideological chasms seemed wider than ever.

But you—the GlobalGiving community—responded with awe-inspiring resolve.

Story 1


raised since 2002.

You and donors from 180+ countries gave $65.9M in GBP and USD in 2017. Jake’s Diapers alone raised $193,420 for families around the world who used to have to choose between food and diapers.

See 2017’s Top Fundraiser See 2017’s Top Fundraiser


Story 2


generously given by 119,425 people who believe in the power of community-led disaster relief.

Meet the local heroes in Houston who are putting your donations to work.

Hurricane Harvey Heroes

Story 3

7,400 miles

traveled by 10-year-old Kevin Nindereye to undergo life-saving heart surgery.

A heart condition threatened little Kevin’s life, and his chances of recovery were dim—until a leader in Burundi and donors from around the world intervened.

Read The Story

Story 4


nonprofits bravely entering GlobalGiving’s Fail Forward Contest.

The team at Women Inspiration Development Center knew that failure is key to their growth as an organization. So, when men in their community started speaking out against their work, they saw an opportunity to rethink their approach. Their story of learning from failure won this year’s contest!

Read the Winning Story

Mel Snyder

Story 5


people affected by drought and famine across Africa and the Middle East this year.

One powerful woman, Fatuma Abdulkadir Adan, shares how local organizations like Horn of Africa Development Initiative not only helped reduce suffering in their communities for the short term, but are building resilience against drought for the long term.

Read Fatuma’s Story

Story 6


in prize money awarded to organizations on GlobalGiving’s first-ever Top 10 Nonprofits Committed to Impact list.

These 10 organizations proved their commitment to effectiveness through Listening, Acting, Learning, and Repeating!

See the List See Who Made the List

Story 7


patients seen per day by HOPE Foundation For Women & Children of Bangladesh since the Rohingya refugee crisis intensified in August 2017.

The HOPE Foundation is one of several GlobalGiving partners responding to the mass exodus of more than 640,000 Rohingya refugees from Myanmar to Bangladesh, in a crisis that has been described as “textbook ethnic cleansing” by a top United Nations human rights official. With your help, Dr. Iftikher Mahmood, the founder of HOPE, is doing everything he can to help mothers on the run heal.

Read Dr. Mahmood’s Story

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extra driven by GlobalGiving to our nonprofit community in 2017.

The GlobalGiving team works hard to drive extra funding to nonprofits in the form of matching funds, promotions, and corporate donations. Most of our partners actually earned hundreds more in these extra funds than they were charged in fees!

Learn More

Angela Wu

Story 9


given by 250 companies to support 2,155 projects in 134 countries.

Pinterest drove extra donations to 36 projects during its employee holiday gift card campaign and asked users to support Caribbean hurricane relief through a promoted pin on Find out how small and medium-sized companies are making a big impact with CSR Made Simple.

Learn about CSR Made Simple

Story 10


active projects on GlobalGiving in 2017 from 2,657 vetted organizations operating in 159 countries.

We added 2,109 new projects and six new countries in 2017, and we’re excited to introduce the “Help raise awareness about animal rights in Sweden” project, our first in the country!

See The Project See Our First Swedish Project

Thank you
...for believing that anyone, anywhere, has the power to change the world.
Be a part of the stories we create together in 2018:

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