GlobalGiving offers a meaningful alternative to conspicuous consumption
WASHINGTON, DC (December, 11 2006) — Crowds, lines, retailers bombarding us with messages about all the things we simply can't live without. Ah, the holidays! How about refreshing, thoughtful (even thought-provoking) world-changing gifts that you can buy as easily as ordering a book online? GlobalGiving, the leading online marketplace of high-impact, grassroots projects around the world, offers gift options that will satisfy just about anyone on your list - even the people who have everything.
Launched last month, GlobalGiving Gift Certificates allow gift givers to appeal to the hearts, minds, and passions of their friends and loved ones. The giver simply selects a dollar amount to give, and the recipient can use the Gift Certificate to donate to any of the 400+ community-based social good projects in 70 countries around the globe. Whether someone cares about girls education in Afghanistan, clean water in Ethiopia, or sustainable farming in Latin America - GlobalGiving Gift Certificates make perfect, personal, gifts
GlobalGiving Gift Cards allow the giver to choose any project on GlobalGiving and donate to that project in honor of someone else. For example, for someone who is passionate about health in Africa, you can make a donation to a project that will pay for mosquito netting, sparing a family in Mali from malaria. For the price of a DVD or the latest iPod, anyone can give a thoughtful, gift that will literally change lives around the world.
Both GlobalGiving Gift Certificates and Gift Cards are ideal for businesses or others who want to give meaningful gifts to employees, customers, and clients. For example, this year advertising giant Leo Burnett is including GlobalGiving Gift Certificates in the gift baskets it sends to top clients and others are giving them to employees as end-of-year gifts. Purchases of Gift Certificates and Gift Cards, like any other charitable contribution, are deductible in the U.S. for tax purposes.
Launched in 2002 by two former World Bank executives, GlobalGiving is a new, more efficient way to give, helping potential donors navigate the complicated world of charitable giving. GlobalGiving's Web site, www.globalgiving.org, enables people to discover hundreds of worthy causes, give to ones they choose, and see how their money has been put to work and the results that have been achieved all from the convenience of their computer.
GlobalGiving has established itself as the trusted choice of thousands of donors, many corporate and organizational partners, and key funders. Since 2003, over $4 million has been directed to more than 700 projects, improving the lives of an estimated half a million people in more than 60 countries.
GlobalGiving is an online marketplace for global philanthropy that enables individuals, corporations, and other organizations to find and direct their funds to high impact, grassroots projects around the world. By aggregating many donors, GlobalGiving is creating a new source of funding for people with innovative solutions to challenging world issues. GlobalGiving receives a nominal 15% fee — one of the lowest in philanthropy — to cover the cost of building a global marketplace, finding and researching credible projects, attracting donors, and building our website.
Corporate partners include eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo, Gap Inc., 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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