Join the july 2010 Green Open Challenge!


What’s the July 2010 Green Open Challenge?

The July 2010 Green Open Challenge  is a great opportunity for grassroots projects which address climate change in sustainable and innovative ways to join the GlobalGiving community – in order to leverage our large donor networks, unique online platform, and partner relationships to raise funds for your work. 

How do I participate?

In order to participate in the July 2010 Green Open Challenge you first must nominate your project or recommend a project here to GlobalGiving for review by April 30, 2010.

If you meet eligibility requirements, you will be invited to participate.  To get an idea of what will be required you can view the checklist below.  However DO NOT submit any of these items until you receive an invitation from us. 

* US Registered Organizations:

* Non-U.S. Registered Organizations:

* All Organization’s Projects will be required to pass through GlobalGiving’s Green scoring assessment.

How does it work?

The July 2010 Green Open Challenge runs from July 5- July 30, 2010.  The Challenge offers projects which promote sustainable climate-friendly paths of development the opportunity to earn a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website if they can mobilize supporters to raise US $4,000 from at least 50 unique donors during this time period.

How does an organization win?

Projects meeting the minimum requirements of raising $4,000 from at least 50 unique donors will automatically earn a permanent spot on GlobalGiving. These projects are also eligible to compete for additional funding.

What is the Prize Structure?

The three projects that raise the most money during the challenge will receive additional awards of $10,000, $5,000,  and $3,000 respectively. The three projects receiving the greatest number of donations from unique donors will receive additional awards of $4,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively. 

If you choose to participate in the Challenge but do not meet the donation targets, you will still receive any funds donated to your project but your project will be removed from the GlobalGiving website at the conclusion of the Challenge.    

What are other benefits to participation?

Unlike a traditional foundation, GlobalGiving does not directly offer grants to charitable organizations. Through its website, GlobalGiving connects individual and institutional donors directly to projects like yours all around the world. Participating in the July 2010 Green Open Challenge provides the following benefits:

Exposure to a new community of online donors.

The GlobalGiving website is a destination for online donors interested in furthering causes and communities all around the world. The GlobalGiving Foundation a 501(c)3 organization and provides tax receipts directly to US donors who give through our website. Individual donors can make donations as small as $10 so anyone can make an impact.

Training from GlobalGiving's expert online fundraising team.  

Every day GlobalGiving works with hundreds of charitable organizations to help them raise money online to support their causes. We have a lot of collective knowledge and are experts in fundraising and giving. We provide training, tools and tips during the challenge to help you learn how harness the power of crowdsourcing and online fundraising to further your cause.

Full online giving capability and fundraising tools. 

You will receive a personalized landing page on the GlobalGiving website for each project you post, viral communication tools, personalized widgets, email templates, and the ability to communicate directly with donors through the GlobalGiving website.

If you gain a permanent spot on GlobalGiving there are even more benefits!

These include: The opportunity to participate in regular/ongoing marketing and fundraising campaigns and challenges, many of which offer matching funds or bounty awards; Alternative gift options such as gift cards and donating to your project “in honor of” someone; Opportunity for you to engage your donors in different ways, for example gift registries and fundraisers for your project; Ability to list multiple projects on GlobalGiving after you qualify for a spot on; Potential to list projects and raise funds on GlobalGiving UK, a sister site (only after you qualify for a spot on; Access to GlobalGiving Rewards benefits; Reduced administrative costs; Benefits from GlobalGiving's branding marketing and public relations efforts.


Who is eligible for the July 2010 Green Open Challenge?

In order to be considered for the challenge your project must have a significant focus on addressing climate change by:

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Enhancing carbon storage
  • Educating consumers or policymakers
  • Encouraging cleaner more efficient technologies

Your organization must also not be required to do so by local or national regulation.

If you meet the above qualifications your project will go through our Green scoring tool
where it must get a passing score in order to be considered Green.  The GlobalGiving Green Scoring Tool ensures that a project’s climate friendly development path is also sustainable and aimed at reducing poverty.  It therefore is comprised of a comprehensive set of categories consisting of: economic development, social/cultural benefits, climate adaptation, health and environmental benefits, and an additional carbon impact.  To learn more about the scoring tool click here!

Additionally, your organization must:

  • Be able to able to communicate in English
  • Have at least occasional internet access
  • Be Non-discriminatory
  • Be Non-evangelizing
  • Pass due diligence

How do I “win” (secure an ongoing spot on GlobalGiving)?

You must mobilize supporters to raise at least $4,000 from at least 50 unique donors during this time period in order to secure a “permanent” spot on GlobalGiving.

What’s the minimum dollar amount someone can donate?

The minimum online donation is US$10.

What will happen to the funds raised if I don’t succeed in getting 50 donors and $4,000?

If you choose to participate in the Challenge but do not meet the donation targets, you will still receive any funds donated to your project but your project will be removed from the GlobalGiving website at the conclusion of the Challenge.

What is the fee for participating on GlobalGiving?

GlobalGiving does not charge a listing fee. However, we do have a transaction fee of 15% of donations made to cover the cost of providing your organization with an online fundraising platform and training services. Donors will have a clear option to make a separate donation to the GlobalGiving Foundation in the amount of GlobalGiving’s 15% fee, or a higher amount if they desire.  When a donor chooses this option, you will receive a full 100% of the funds designated to your project.  If the donor chooses not to make this donation, then GlobalGiving will deduct the standard 15% from the funds designated to your project.

If we qualify for the challenge and post our project do you have suggestions for how we can get the word out?

You can post news about the challenge on blogs, on your Facebook or MySpace page, on Twitter, on your organization's website, and on your friends’ sites. Write an email to your friends and supporters asking them to spread the word through their websites and emails to other friends. Tell them about the benefits of donating through GlobalGiving, for example they can donate in honor of someone and make a gift!

Prior to and during the challenge, GlobalGiving will send out additional fundraising ideas and tips. We will also make available an online kit that will include tools to help you in your efforts.

Who can I talk to for more information?

Contact Ariel Bright for more information.

About GlobalGiving Green

GlobalGiving recognizes that the planet is experiencing a climate crisis of catastrophic proportions which is inducing climate change. We think organizations leading the grassroots response to climate change are an integral part of the solution.  GlobalGiving Green therefore exists to support such responses to climate change by expanding beyond carbon offsets.

Click here to learn more about GlobalGiving Green.


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