GlobalGiving connects individuals and companies directly to high-impact social, environmental, and economic development projects around the world. Donors can have direct communication with the extraordinary social entrepreneurs who run these projects, and receive frequent reports straight from the field.
In 2004, GlobalGiving and Applied Materials established a partnership to enable the Company's US-based employees to make charitable gifts to pre-selected projects serving communities worldwide. Among the projects highlighted are winners of the Tech Museum Awards, an annual global program that honors individuals, nonprofit organizations and companies that are applying technology to improve lives around the world. As an active partner and presenting sponsor of these awards, Applied Materials is proud to provide its employees with the opportunity to support them as well.
The Applied Materials Employee Giving and Matching Gift Programs will continue to be administered by the Company's Global Community Affairs Department. All charitable gifts should be made through the online giving tool accessed through the HR Service Center (http://hrweb).
Prior to founding GlobalGiving, Mari Kuraishi and Dennis Whittle were heads of strategy and innovation at the World Bank. While in that post, they created the first-ever Innovation Marketplace for Bank staff in 1998, an internal competition in which Bank employees pitched their own ideas for fighting poverty worldwide. The winners received grants to make their ideas happen. The competition resulted in some of the most innovative ideas and effective programs the bank has done.
In 2000, they took the concept and competition to the outside world. The Development Marketplace enabled any social entrepreneur in the world to compete for Bank funds. The program was extremely successful - finalists from all over the world gathered in Washington, DC, and $5 million was awarded to the 44 most innovative projects. Participants described the Development Marketplace as "brilliant", "extraordinary", and "life-changing."
Based on the Marketplaces' success, Mari and Dennis saw tremendous potential in creating an Internet-based platform to facilitate a broader range of social and economic investments in developing countries. In October 2000, they left the World Bank, and on February 14, 2002, GlobalGiving (formerly DevelopmentSpace) was launched.