100 Moments That Helped GlobalGiving Raise $100 Million

The most trying times often bring out the best in humanity. Find out how the GlobalGiving community came together to bring light to one of the toughest years in memory and raise a record-breaking $105 million to stop the spread of COVID-19, rebuild in the wake of disasters, and more.


Here are 100 moments that paved the way for community-led change in 2020:

    1. Alex and his wife, Olga, donate their coronavirus stimulus from the U.S. government to the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    “We are lucky not to need any relief, unlike many other people,” Alex said.

    2. Lifelong conservationist, zookeeper, and animal lover Bindi Irwin protects wildlife all over the world.

    Bindi backed the all-women Black Mambas Anti-Poaching Unit, which focuses on protecting precious rhinos in South Africa.

    3. The Union of Relief and Development Associations responds to the Beirut port explosions.

    Our partner jumped into action (and inspired thousands to help) with a project to provide relief after the blasts that killed more than 200 people and sent the Lebanese capital reeling.

    4. And Newsweek highlights their incredible work.

    The magazine recognized URDA’s efforts to provide humanitarian services such as shelter, healthcare, and emergency supplies to people affected by the tragic blasts.

    5. Magawa, a landmine-detecting rat wins a British charity’s top civilian award for animal bravery.

    Our partner APOPO led the giant African pouched rat to the achievement by training him to find landmines.

    6. Random acts of kindness continue despite the distance.

    During the pandemic, Alysha couldn’t buy a coffee for the person behind her in line, so she instead donated that money and encouraged her friends and family to do the same!

    7. The pandemic becomes the mother of invention.

    The Tanzanian nonprofit Twende created 130 foot-operated handwashing stations for public spaces that couldn’t close despite the coronavirus, including orphanages, hospitals, and markets.

    8. Jacksepticeye lends his platform to benefit Australia wildfires relief.

    The well-known Youtuber and actor rallied his fans to support survivors of the wildfires and the billions of animals, like the grey-headed flying fox, that were affected.

    9. Women support women with more than 1,000 grants to female entrepreneurs in need during the pandemic.

    Our swift partnership with Sara Blakely and the Spanx By Sara Blakely Foundation delivered much-needed aid to small, women-owned businesses across the United States and encouraged others to give to The Red Backpack Fund, too.

    10. Products promote wellness and a cause.

    The travel company Away donated proceeds from a new product to GlobalGiving and said, “[W]e know that taking care of ourselves is just as important as taking care of others.”

    11. A famous doctor fuels a fundraiser for clean water and sanitation.

    Spurred by friends, family, and Chris van Tulleken, 204 incredible people contributed to provide water and hygiene assistance for migrants at a camp in Leros, Greece.

    12. Vicki says if we can give, we should give.

    She gave to the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund because “we are all in this together.”

    13. The Try Guys raise awareness with a song.

    These famous YouTubers’ at-home parody video of “Party in the U.S.A.” was a memorable music moment, and we had fun with a video of our own.

    14. Liza Donnelly brings people together in a time of social distancing.

    The famous artist’s drawing was shared thousands of times on social media and compelled people to give to the Coronavirus Relief Fund. “Love is the answer, and we can love each other in infinite ways,” she said.

    15. PBS shares how to help after Hurricane Laura.

    When Hurricane Laura hit near the border of Louisiana and Texas in August, coverage directed people to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Laura Relief Fund as a safe, quick way to get emergency aid to where it was needed.

    16. And Yahoo! Life adds to the list.

    The outlet highlighted organizations, including GlobalGiving, focused on responding in communities devastated by Hurricane Laura.

    17. Sheepcare Community Centre joins the GlobalGiving community and brings a record-breaking 551 donors with them.

    The Kenyan nonprofit is on a mission to help disadvantaged communities access quality education and health care.

    18. Jaime Camil gives shout outs for COVID-19 relief.

    The actor sends his fans birthday wishes, pep talks, and simple greetings on Cameo and sends the money he earns to the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    19. 18-year-old Ari raises funds from friends and family when explosions rock Beirut.

    Ari rallied their network to give after the massive explosions in the Lebanese capital.

    20. TIME cites the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund as a top way to help early on in the pandemic.

    That helped GlobalGiving surpass the goal of raising $5 million to send health care workers, frontline responders, and crucial PPE to virus hotspots.

    21. #GivingTuesdayNow makes an impact.

    Donors channeled the generosity of the giving season in May to help nonprofits navigate the pandemic.

    22. Safer World Now activates for COVID-19.

    Donors stepped up to assist with pandemic-specific needs through a special campaign supporting organizations in Afghanistan and Pakistan that coincided with #GivingTuesdayNow and the month of Ramadan.

    23. The GlobalGiving Girl Fund cohort shares successes and struggles.

    Our first webinar introduced donors to the nonprofits that continue fighting for gender equality amid the pandemic.

    24. Ali raises $3,181 for Ol Pejeta Conservancy.

    As an aspiring wildlife conservationist who has volunteered at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Ali inspired others to help save Kenya’s northern white rhinos through their donations.

    25. Good Housekeeping names GlobalGiving one of the 50 best charities to give to.

    GlobalGiving made the list as a way to support everything from education and animals to ending hunger and responding to wildfires.

    26. Microgrants give nonprofits a lifeline.

    One hundred microgrants to help nonprofits handle pressing needs during the pandemic grew to nearly 500 thanks to tremendous donor support.

    27. An anonymous donor helps people deal with the pandemic on top of natural disasters and a warming planet.

    This generous donor contributed more than $245,000 to COVID-19 relief.

    28. The second Climate Action Fund cohort forms.

    From Peru to Kenya, these five nonprofits inspired donors and their sustainability peers to earn a spot in GlobalGiving’s Climate Action Fund.

    29. Donors like Brooke give what they can to help others cope with COVID-19.

    “These are difficult times for many, and I believe we should all do what we can to help others come out of this crisis,” she said.

    30. #GivingTuesday breaks records.

    In response to our $1 million incentive fund, GlobalGivers moved well over $3 million to their favorite causes on #GivingTuesday 2020.

    31. And all that giving gives partners a huge boost.

    GlobalGiving partners ended #GivingTuesday with impressive results. One nonprofit reached an all-time high: “We raised the most in a single day since we started using GlobalGiving. For a small organization with limited resources, we were really pleased with our achievement.”

    32. Sanitizing has a social impact.

    Phone case company CASETiFY launched a new UV phone sanitizer and donated 100% of proceeds from initial sales to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    33. A circus starts a social distancing act.

    Mobile Mini Circus for Children shifted from providing a circus program for Afghani kids to making face shields, painting social distancing markers with old props, and educating people about the coronavirus in energetic circus fashion.

    34. The New York Times says there’s no shortage of ways to help people affected by the pandemic.

    And giving money through GlobalGiving is one that will provide medical supplies to hospitals and essentials to families in need.

    35. Ford offers flexibility.

    Communities received much-needed support thanks to general operating support grants from the Ford Motor Company Fund.

    36. Rachel sustains the organization that stole her heart.

    “It is my happiest place when I am there contributing personally, but when I can’t, it gives me some comfort to provide in whatever way I can.” Rachel said about her monthly donation to African Angels.

    37. Football fans mobilize.

    City Football Group, best known for its ownership of Manchester City FC, asked its staff, players, coaches, and fans to donate to response efforts near each of its nine clubs around the world.

    38. Office budgets become nonprofits’ fuel.

    With employees working from home, companies used GlobalGiving to donate the money they would have spent on food and other in-office perks.

    39. Gamers get together to give.

    The Halo game franchise raised more than $450,000 for GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund through in-game sales of a “Relief and Recovery” REQ Pack that provides players with access to rare virtual items and sales of Halo branded T-shirts.

    40. And give.

    EA eSports donated $1 million to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund and partnered with FIFA to bring a livestream fundraiser to fans.

    41. And give some more.

    Riot Games, the company behind League of Legends, hosted an in-game promotion and also made donations to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    42. Artists create for frontline responders.

    Artists from around the world launched a new collection to support essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. All proceeds from the collection through Design Miami went to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    43. Logitech matches employee gifts.

    Donations made by global Logitech employees were matched with the launch of a new program in May, and the company and leadership gave $200,000 to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    44. Medical research moves forward.

    Together, GlobalGiving and 3M made grants to universities around the world doing research to support COVID-19 treatments and vaccine development.

    45. Charms sell for charity.

    Starting in March, jewelry brand T. Jazelle raised more than $42,500 for five GlobalGiving projects by donating the proceeds from bracelet sales.

    46. Soccer fans suit up.

    Retired American soccer player Jimmy Conrad fundraised for the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund by selling pandemic-themed jerseys to support frontline workers and those doing their part to curb the virus’ spread by staying at home.

    47. Gucci stands with women.

    The luxury fashion house helped GlobalGiving #StandWithWomen by promoting a handful of nonprofits working toward gender equality and against the increase in gender-based violence since the onset of the pandemic.

    48. The Ethos solution becomes a step toward more ethical, responsible giving.

    Platforms like GlobalGiving are getting stuck when making decisions about who should be on the platform and who should be off (what we call the Neutrality Paradox). The Ethos process lets us address the dilemmas and make decisions with integrity.

    49. Apps help us do everything—including fight a pandemic.

    Flowly, an app that helps people manage pain and anxiety, pledged to donate $0.50 for every completed app session to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    50. 2020’s buzzwords become a product line.

    Jared Leto and the Thirty Seconds to Mars crew donated the proceeds of their AMERICA merchandise (featuring words like “Purell,” “Zoom,” “Tiger King,” and a social distancing warning) to GlobalGiving.

    51. Pete Buttigieg gives action-oriented people options to help during the pandemic that go beyond staying home.

    In his list of active ways to keep communities safe and healthy, the former South Bend, Indiana mayor noted donating to the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    52. Elizabeth Warren says the COVID-19 crisis requires all hands on deck.

    The senator named the emergency response fueled by the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund along with initiatives to stock food pantries, care for seniors, and shelter individuals without homes as efforts to support.

    53. Online stars amplify appeals for California.

    As fires raged across the state, Katherine Cole, host of the national food and beverage podcast “The Four Top,” pointed to the California Wildfire Relief Fund as a way to help.

    54. Maria Shriver rallies her network to help firefighters and people affected by the California fires.

    “My beautiful state is on fire…We can all make a difference, and we can all help!” the former First Lady of California said in a post.

    55. RT @DeVonFranklin.

    Hollywood producer DeVon Franklin said GlobalGiving is a way to help people affected by the fires in Oregon and Washington, too.

    56. The devastating California wildfire season inspires Ruby to give.

    After seeing the damage in Southern California, Ruby decided to give a huge part of her annual charitable contributions to wildfire relief efforts through GlobalGiving.

    57. Ronda Rousey games for good.

    The professional wrestler played the game “Katana Zero” with fans to support disaster relief in the Philippines.

    58. LA Weekly gives Southern Californians a way to combat the coronavirus.

    Before the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic on March 11, the newspaper mentioned the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund as one way Angelenos and other California residents could aid response efforts in China.

    59. Activist and writer Julissa Arce encourages people to respond to needs beyond U.S. borders.

    An episode of her show, “Las Noticias” in November highlighted the damage Hurricane Eta left in Central America and opportunities to offer help.

    60. Photographers shoot to curb the coronavirus.

    Wasim and Kristen use their images to benefit causes they care about (including GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund).

    61. Rahat recognizes the strength and resilience of acid attack survivors.

    Although he couldn’t leave his home and physically help people recovering from violent acid attacks, Rahat supported hospital care for 350 survivors in Bangladesh. “We can share some of our resources and hope that that makes a difference,” he said.

    62. Funko celebrates frontline heroes.

    To honor doctors and nurses providing vital healthcare, Funko released new collectibles with a $30,000 donation to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    63. Local leaders fuel community-led research.

    The Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) and GlobalGiving researched the concept of “community-led change” with 73 community leaders from six countries who co-created community-led tools.

    64. VF brands unite behind a shared purpose.

    The VF Corporation, a global apparel and footwear company with 12 unique brands, united to provide more than $750,000 for COVID-19 relief through cause marketing in partnership with GlobalGiving.

    65. Nonprofit leaders share the world through photographs.

    Although the pandemic made travel almost impossible, our partners let us tour the world through their eyes during the 2020 Photo Contest.

    66. Mark Ruffalo revives the #PayItForwardChallenge.

    The actor and environmental activist gave 50 lucky people the chance to pay it forward with a GlobalGiving Gift Card that could go toward COVID-19 relief or any other cause close to the winner’s heart.

    67. Troubled times make Yekaterina realize that she can give back.

    “…the least I can do is share my resources with others who aren’t as lucky,” she said when donating to the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    68. Jesse Thorn shares a memory.

    The Bullseye host shouted out a scholarship program for doula and midwife education for women of color created in the name of his late aunt Claudia.

    69. Dancer and choreographer Simone Sobers teaches lifelong lessons about giving.

    Simone showed her son, Rory, how to share and give by helping to close the gender gap and keep girls in school in Sierra Leone.

    70. Facebook users click to donate after disasters.

    Facebook’s crisis donate button brought $524,000 to local nonprofits responding to emergencies in their communities around the world.

    71. And Facebook pledges to match those donations.

    The social media giant promised to match up to AU$1 million (nearly $687,000) in donations made to GlobalGiving through its platform.

    72. Meanwhile, friends mobilize through Facebook Fundraisers.

    Donors contributed to fundraisers for 156 disasters through the platform.

    73. BBB Wise Giving Alliance gives GlobalGiving a thumbs up.

    The organization noted GlobalGiving as a trusted place to send donations to support people and wildlife affected by the Australian wildfires.

    74. Generosity fuels recovery in Australia.

    Nonprofit partners working in Australia raised $1.7 million for fire relief in their communities.

    75. Jeffrey invests in the future.

    His monthly donation for Raymond, a child at The Good Shepherd Agricultural Mission, covers food, clothes, and care that Jeffrey believes everyone needs to thrive.

    76. Buzzfeed helps people who want to donate their stimulus check with, of course, a list.

    For those eager to assist during the early days of the pandemic, Buzzfeed offered a handful of options—including the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund—to provide food, water, and health care to people in need.

    77. New Balance commits to curbing the coronavirus.

    The company’s foundation pledged $2 million to help fight the pandemic, with $200,000 granted to GlobalGiving.

    78. Popsugar gives readers ways to respond to one of the most powerful storms to hit the U.S.

    After Hurricane Laura devastated Gulf Coast communities, the outlet noted GlobalGiving as a means of supporting first responders and getting emergency supplies to the storm’s survivors.

    79. Roberto gives back when others need it most.

    “We are not alone, but rather, we are here as a community to stretch our hand and lift each other up when needed,” the GlobalGiving Coronavirus Relief Fund donor said.

    80. Très Rasche makes giving trendy.

    The innovative clothing brand launched a “stay positive, test negative” campaign and donated 15% of the proceeds to GlobalGiving.

    81. A powerful series with Alliance magazine sparks discussion about platform neutrality.

    Nonprofit, platform, and philanthropy leaders exchanged ideas about this Neutrality Paradox, which GlobalGiving has solved with the Ethos process.

    82. Disaster Feedback Fellows raise awareness and raise the bar for disaster response and recovery.

    These 10 leaders put the communities they serve at the center of their recovery and resilience work and learned from each other during their yearlong fellowship.

    83. NBC reporter Melissa Adan gives the gift of reading to children in the U.S.

    Melissa supported a project to provide books and encourage quality time in families to boost literacy.

    84. Grandmas become teachers to keep kids learning in Senegal.

    The Grandmother Project warmed hearts with its solution to enlist grandmas to guide students with traditional teaching methods while schools were closed due to the pandemic.

    85. Wild Barn Coffee celebrates National Coffee Day.

    As historic wildfires raged in the western U.S., the Colorado-based coffee company celebrated their beverage of choice on Sept. 29 and donated profits from the day to GlobalGiving’s California Wildfire Relief Fund.

    86. Linda takes action IRL.

    Travels to Africa left Linda with a love of elephants, so when she saw a GlobalGiving Instagram post about an organization working to protect the animals, she had to give them funds to continue.

    87. Spireworks lights up the New York City skyline.

    The interactive lighting installation in New York City could be controlled remotely by anyone in the world via mobile phone—and with a donation to GlobalGiving’s Coronavirus Relief Fund.

    88. Givers take 10 for thanks.

    During a year of loss and hardship, we partnered with #GivingTuesday to devote 10 minutes to finding gratitude.

    89. Fast Company rounds up pandemic-safe virtual gift ideas.

    When social distancing made gifting a little harder, FastCompany gave readers fun digital gifting suggestions like GlobalGiving Gift Cards.

    90. And people run with the idea.

    Generous GlobalGivers gave millions in GlobalGiving Gift Cards that support projects around the world.

    91. Corporate gift cards support and surprise.

    Companies gave their employees and clients the gift of giving during the holiday season. The donations from gift cards were an unexpected bright spot for many nonprofits, including Develop Africa, which had to say thanks.

    92. NBCUniversal helps employees give more than $1 million.

    The company gave $50 GlobalGiving Gift Cards to employees so that they could give back to their favorite project during the holiday season.

    93. Giving becomes a habit.

    Our community recognized nonprofits’ serious needs during the pandemic and started 978 new monthly donations during the December Monthly Donor Drive.

    94. Partners surpass their goals.

    Organizations like the Voice for Asian Elephants Society aimed to earn 20 new recurring donors during the December Monthly Donor Drive, and they ended the week with 27, giving them ongoing and sustainable support!

    95. The Project of the Month Club gets hundreds of new members.

    The group of monthly donors grew to 782 by December.

    96. Annie becomes one of those people who regularly contribute to projects that make a difference.

    “There is so much to change in this world, and I want to make a small contribution for good,” she said.

    97. The community stays connected.

    Although in-person site visits and other events were canceled, GlobalGiving found new ways to check in with partners across the globe. Virtual social hours helped strengthen our network.

    98. Leaders learn together—but from a distance.

    As nonprofits adapted to the new normal of the pandemic, more than 1,000 leaders connected through collaborative GlobalGiving training programs, including the Peer Learning Network, the Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program, and the Online Fundraising Academy.

    99. GlobalGiving grows its nonprofit family.

    We welcomed 529 inspiring nonprofits from 95 countries in 2020 through the virtual onboarding program, the GlobalGiving Accelerator.

    100. GlobalGivers care for one another.

    The growing GlobalGiving team supported one another through the loss of family members, the arrival of babies (including the four-legged kind), and all the challenges of the pandemic—while remaining committed to our mission and our partners around the world.

Thanks to all of these moments and millions more, GlobalGiving helped raise $105 million for urgent causes and broke records in 2020.

Help us continue supporting people in need around the world.


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