Who We Are

Our Story

By 1997, Mari Kuraishi and Dennis Whittle were convinced many key innovations in global development weren’t getting the attention they deserved. Believing there had to be a better way to do aid, they started an experiment. In February 2000, they invited any social entrepreneur to pitch his or her earth-changing idea at the World Bank. The 300+ participants ranged from a group of NASA scientists to a woman who’d never before left her Ugandan village.

The event was a success, and Mari and Dennis realized good ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time. They also realized there were many others who wanted to support good ideas. So they left the Bank to launch the world’s first crowdfunding community in 2002. Today, people in more than 165 countries can easily share their ideas, and individual donors and companies can easily support vetted nonprofits through GlobalGiving.


To transform aid and philanthropy to accelerate community-led change.


Unleashed potential of people to make positive change happen.

Distributing Antibiotics to Prevent Blindness by Orbis Ireland
Distributing Antibiotics to Prevent Blindness by Orbis Ireland

Our Core Values

GlobalGiving has four core values that are more than just buzzwords. They’re at the center of our office culture and drive our daily work.

Always Open

We believe in the power of great ideas and that these ideas can come from anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat.

We continually experiment. We fail quickly and productively. We use data and feedback to guide our course.

Never Settle

We have an obligation to question the rules, change them for the better, raise the bar, play a different game, and play it better than anyone thinks is possible.

Committed to WOW

We act promptly, enthusiastically, and professionally so people are WOW-ed by their interactions with us.

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We’ve traveled to mountaintops in Nepal and the heart of the Amazon to support and vet our nonprofit partners.
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Our Corporate Partners

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The GlobalGiving Team

We’re curious, passionate, and committed to helping nonprofits learn and grow. Oh, and some of us are stage actors and worm farmers on the side.

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