Because it curates philanthropic projects around the world rather than providing a pass-through for any registered NGO, GlobalGiving has spent a decade building a network of supporters who believe in its work... And while the large-scale relief efforts certainly deserve support in times of crisis, my dollars instinctively follow the path of smaller scale enterprises and organizations where I know Kuraishi and her team build real relationships, study the data, and invest philanthropic resources where they're needed. This is social capital hard at work.
GlobalGiving, a charity website that matches donors with community-development projects overseas, has used lean principles to test whether the training it provides to groups that raise money through its site are making a difference. The lean methodology advocates this approach-called "A/B testing"-to identify what's working and what's not.
What impresses me about GlobalGiving's approach is that as an intermediary between donors and nonprofits, they go far beyond reviews of basic compliance and financial information… until we find the perfect assessment models, GlobalGiving evaluates nonprofits the best way we know how at this point--visits by in-country teams of evaluators, and references by a large network of funders and experts in the field.
Browse a comprehensive site like GlobalGiving, where organizations around the world have posted their wish lists. On GlobalGiving, my family has donated, for example, to an aid group in Bombay, India, that keeps at-risk girls from being trafficked into brothels. For Father’s Day last year, I suggested that instead of giving Dad another necktie, people sponsor a “HeroRat” through GlobalGiving. HeroRats are trained rats that sniff out landmines or TB cases, and what father wouldn’t want to be associated with a super-macho super-achieving super-altruistic oversized rat?
...GlobalGiving bridge[s] the information gap between nonprofits and potential donors. It's a combination of a marketing consultant who increases the nonprofit's visibility and the Good Housekeeping seal of approval that gives donors confidence that their donations are put to good use. And it's another example of the ways in which the internet and social media bring people and organizations together.
Mari Kuraishi has proved that, thanks to the Internet, everyone can be a philanthropist [...] In 2000, the Japanese native left a successful career at the World Bank to found GlobalGiving [...] a decade later, hundreds of thousands of donors have pooled their funds - the average donation is around $25 - to give more than $50 million to more than 4,500 projects. [...] "With masses of active people" she has said, "we'll get more innovation, more creativity, more of a shot at solving the problem of global poverty."
(Washington, D.C.) - GlobalGiving, GlobalGiving, a rapid-response crowdfunding community that connects donors with those in need during disasters, has launched a Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund. The dangerous category 4 hurricane has already caused multiple deaths and made landfall in Haiti on Tuesday morning. Read more
(Washington, D.C.) - GlobalGiving, a rapid-response crowdfunding community that connects donors with those in need during disasters, has launched a relief and recovery fund for survivors of the earthquake that devastated towns in central Italy. The 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy and the town of Amatrice, at its epicenter, was completely devastated. Read more
(Washington, D.C.) - GlobalGiving, the leading crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors and companies after disasters, identifies five lessons from the 2015 Nepal earthquakes that should inform giving to Japan and Ecuador. Read more
(Washington, D.C.) - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to GlobalGiving to help develop and test GG Rewards, the system that GlobalGiving uses to recognize and reward its nonprofit partners for their efforts to learn, improve, and grow their impact. Read more