In a new wrinkle for online giving platforms, GlobalGiving is nudging the more than 4,000 nonprofits and social entrepreneurs it raises money for to improve their work and not just chase dollars. One carrot: Groups that collect and use feedback from those they serve will be awarded extra points in GlobalGiving’s rating system—points that should earn them more attention and more donors. "We’ll tell them, ‘We want to accelerate innovation but also greater effectiveness,’ " says co-founder Mari Kuraishi.
A magnitude-7.8 earthquake shook Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 1,100 people and leaving an innumerable portion of the population missing. The powerful quake was felt in neighboring India, Tibet and Bangladesh.GlobalGiving, the charity crowdfunding site has set up a Nepal-specific page. Any donations made will support various relief and recovery efforts in Nepal. The money will first go toward immediate needs like food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter. Later, the money raised will transition to supporting vetted local organizations that are working on recovery efforts.
Since 2002, GlobalGiving has raised nearly $200 million from nearly 500,000 donors, supporting about 13,000 projects. “We’re about getting more people engaged in the business of development,” she says. “Whether it’s community leaders in Liberia who wouldn’t otherwise be visible to donors here, but who are doing really important work for communities, or the $10 donor who got a [GlobalGiving] gift card and is starting to develop a connection to a project. That act of engagement just has a lot of potential.”
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.
GlobalGiving, a charity fundraising website based in Washington D.C. with a staff of 30 and a $4 million budget, has embedded investment in its people into the organization’s values. It employs an electronic feedback tool, provides each employee $1,200 in annual professional development funds, and tracks talent-related metrics. These efforts have paid off: GlobalGiving is managing four times more donation volume than it did five years ago, with only incremental growth in staff and budget.
Our ever-increasing technological capabilities offer us many advantages and challenges when it comes to crowdfunding.Mari Kuraishi, co-founder of the world’s first crowdfunding organization, GlobalGiving, she shares lessons learned from their first ten years of operation. What are the benefits and challenges of crowdfunding in today’s world?
"Crowdsourcing" pools the strength of the many to perform complex tasks-everything from funding a film to sequencing DNA. At its heart is trust-not a blanket belief in great institutions, but rather the confidence among individuals that each will do the right thing. Its power is being increasingly felt today, even in the world of international development.
Tara Swords features GlobalGiving co-founder Mari Kuraishi in a One+ piece focused on GlobalGiving's unique approach to development from the bottom-up. Mari explains, "If you're really committed to development, what are you going to do? Tell the people who live in countries where the governments are weak or corrupt, 'Best of luck, your government couldn't manage its way out of a brown paper bag so whatever support the World Bank gives you is probably going to be frittered away, but that's your problem and not ours.'" The article also explains the GlobalGiving model and innovative ways to put GlobalGiving Gift Cards to work.
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof highlights GlobalGiving projects--including the favorite heroRATS--in his Father's Day column, arguing that, "Father's Day tends to be less a celebration of fatherhood than a triumph of commercialism. The National Retail Federation projects that Americans will spend $9.8 billion on Father's Day this year...that's more than enough to assure a primary education for every child on the planet who is not getting one right now. In fact, we could send every child to primary school and have enough left over to get each dad a (cheap) necktie. And if we skipped store-bought cards (almost $750 million annually) and offered handmade versions, the savings alone could make a vast difference to great programs that help young American men escape poverty."
GlobalGiving is featured in Todd Cohen's piece in Philanthropy Journal on the online giving marketplace and its growing ability to leverage and serve corporate giving and cause-related marketing. Ginger Sall, GlobalGiving supporter, is quoted and summarizes the unique philosophy and impact of the GlobalGiving model, saying, "We trust Dennis and Mari and their systems for authenticating projects and donors in places we're not going to be able to go. They embody many of the ideas of GlobalGiving. They're about learning and sharing and collaborating."
Take this image for a spin: A Kenyan nurse gets notice that a particular patient needs help. She packs up her tools, straps them over her shoulder and quickly makes her way out to . . . her motorcycle. And then, visualize Washington D.C.-based philanthropist Mari Kuraishi grinning when she pictures one of her favorite projects coming to life.
Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn offer suggestions for how to help the world's needy with a focus on solutions involving women. One of their recommendations - GlobalGiving.com.
For donors looking to target specific causes overseas, the old standbys don't always do the trick.
After years of focus on celebrity mega-donors, the everyday donor is emerging as philanthropy's newest hero. GlobalGiving is mentioned as a great example of how the principle of modest giving can make a difference for so many charities.
As Ramadan begins, many Muslims are planning a key observance: zakat, or “charity”, one of the five pillars of Islam. Websites such as GlobalGiving are highlighting charities to make it easier for Muslims to give to reputable groups within legal guidelines.
The opportunities for nonprofit groups to win money through contests are proliferating, adding yet another weapon to charities' fund-raising arsenal. GlobalGiving is in the middle of a contest that will give American nonprofit groups the chance to win as much as $6,000 and a permanent berth on GlobalGiving's list of vetted programs.
There are more fundamental questions to be asked about peer giving. The first is: Why is it taking so long for these organizations to get an Internet effect? It is not for lack of quality or effort — anyone will tell you that two of the coolest nonprofits in the country are GlobalGiving and DonorsChoose, with great people, great product, great technology, etc. It's not about pricing — many of these sites provide free transactions and research shows donors feel pricing is down the list of priorities behind engagement and other key factors.
In the US, innovative online giving markets such as GlobalGiving have finally started to receive the attention they deserve. They are harnessing new technologies and adapting business concepts to change the face of philanthropy and increase levels of civic participation throughout the developing world.
Most people tend to find new non-profits through their personal network or direct solicitations from a charity. However, a number of websites have sprung up that seek to match donors with non-profits and projects that match their unique outlook. Sean Stannard-Stockton suggests that by identifying non-profits that fit your values and beliefs, you will find giving much more satisfying and may well want to become even more involved.
When people ask how they can help in the fight against poverty, there are a thousand good answers, from sponsoring a child to supporting a grass-roots organization through globalgiving.org.
What's a gift giver to do? With global stock markets down, corporate layoffs up and net worths pared, spending big on presents this season may not be an option. Even if you're weathering the financial storm, simply flaunting that fortune might seem a little unseemly. Weekend Journal has come up with a range of ideas to make your gift for that special person a memorable one -- from stellar stress relievers to unforgettable experiences to philanthropic pursuits for that "feel good" factor.
Mari Kuraishi talks with CNN's TJ Holmes about GlobalGiving's philanthropic marketplace, and how GlobalGiving is working with organizations on the relief front in Myanmar.
Lucy Bernholz, author of the Philanthropy 2173 Blogs, gives her reaction to GlobalGiving Guaranteed (spoiler: she loves it).
Jude Stewart rates organizations according to user experience, trust, and effectiveness and GlobalGiving performs well — "you can't beat that kind of accountability."
James Fallows on how GlobalGiving.com is using the Internet to transform how people can support causes they believe in.
This holiday season, thousands of parents gave their kids "give cards," sold through philanthropy sites such as GlobalGiving.
Leveraging new technologies and the growth of social networking Web sites, several online-giving pioneers, including GlobalGiving, have been trying to expand the pool of potential donors by democratizing philanthropy and making it more transparent.
Larry Magid writes about how donations made through organizations like GlobalGiving complement the microlending opportunities generated by MicroPlace and Kiva.org, and play an essential role in helping people in developing countries.
Dennis Whittle on how GlobalGiving gives everyone choice, provides a direct connection with powerful work around the world, and enables people to give the gift of giving. What could be more fulfilling during the holiday season?
Slate asks writers, artists, academics, and other thoughtful people: "If you had a million dollars to give, who would get it?" James Fallows, national correspondent for the Atlantic tells why he thinks GlobalGiving is deserving.
Beth Kanter talks to GlobalGiving President and Founder.
The power of the Internet, and organizations such as GlobalGiving, not only make it possible for donors to find organizations and causes they support around the world, but it means that even small amounts by individuals can make a big difference because of the sheer volume of givers. Business reporter Kristi Heim profiles GlobalGiving, several Seattle-area donors, and the projects they support.
The nonprofit universe is teeming with exciting new entrants, many of which are small--close to half of U.S. charities have budgets under $25,000. Yet they are making a difference, and with a little more support, they could do much more. The good news for small nonprofits is that more and more individuals are looking to find them. GlobalGiving is mentioned as a resource to help donors navigate the nonprofit world.
GlobalGiving co-founder Dennis Whittle is featured in a story about how the web is enabling a new model of international development and philanthropy, and how organizations such as GlobalGiving are playing a key role.
This spanish language section of the BBC presents the ideas behind GlobalGiving, and the impact of two projects in Latin America. The article follows the path of GlobalGiving from its inception to present day, focusing on donations that have flowed to Agros in Mexico and ProCriança Cardiaca in Brazil. Readers also offer their opinions and commentary.
Although 'creativity' might generally be perceived as the ability to produce art or invent a new tool, it can also mean finding a new application for tools that already exist. This week's sites are featured, not because of cutting-edge design or use of the latest web technologies, but rather because CARE International and GlobalGiving have found imaginative ways of using the Web to deal with a specific problem... Through their respective websites, CARE and GlobalGiving are using inventive methods to strengthen the relationship between subscriber and cause - CARE, by actually taking surfers to the final destinations of their contributions, and GlobalGiving, by letting them choose specific projects to support.
The customary way we dole out most aid money is through government-sponsored organizations like USAID or the World Bank, staffed by experts who are supposed to have learned over the years what works and what doesn't work. But as former World Bank economist William Easterly argues, the flaw in this "bureaucratic, supply-push approach" is that it gets very little timely feedback from its customers — the poor people in Africa, in this case. As a result, not only are a lot of the wrong projects funded, but even potentially good projects miss the mid-course corrections that markets provide... Dennis Whittle and Mari Kuraishi aim to change all that, in effect by bringing the magic of eBay, the power of intuition and the "wisdom of crowds" to the world of development aid.
Stand up, America, and take a deep bow for yourself. You have crossed a remarkable threshold in compassion. Your private donations to the tsunami survivors - already more than $400 million - have exceeded your own government's financial aid ($350 million). In fact, at least one-third of American households say they have donated money to an aid group in tsunami-hit nations.
Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prizewinner in economics, scourge of the International Monetary Fund and all-round charmer, is getting married. Invitations to his forthcoming union with Anya Schiffrin, journalist turned academic and saloniste of Manhattan's Upper West Side, adopt a characteristically left-of-centre approach to the question of wedding gifts
William Easterly, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington DC, and Dennis Whittle, is chief executive of DevelopmentSpace.com (the former name of GlobalGiving) propose alternatives to the “current system” and the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development.
DevelopmentSpace is an ideal Web application - an eBay for development. It creates an efficient marketplace for ideas to find money. And it enables those at the forefront of development, who actually understand the realities, to find people and organizations (not necessarily the huge development agencies) that are willing to be innovative.
Ms. Kasanda has never used the Internet, but some of her 10 children have, and they have told her about it. ‘The Internet is everywhere. People can read about us anywhere. And they can help us,’ she says confidently. ‘With all the world to draw from, we know we will raise the money.