We have been incredibly busy since the last time we contacted you and thought we should let you know what we have achieved. Some highlights include our most successful fundraising campaign ever, our volunteer globetrotters, our own CEO running to raise funds for us, and an offer you can’t refuse: buy one goat and get one free! We kid you not.
None of this would have been possible without your support to this fund.
Gateway Challenge success: how we help new organisations learn and fundraise online
Global Giving UK would like to express tremendous thankfulness toward all the 2027 donors who have contributed over £84,000 to the 25 organisations taking part in our Spring 2014 Gateway Challenge.
All participating organisations had to go through a very strict due diligence vetting process, to make sure they are delivering great work in their communities. We have ensured they take part in our one-month online learning programme to prepare them for the fundraising campaign ahead: raising £2,000 from over 50 people within 5 weeks throughout May. And wait till you hear this: 17 organisations exceeded this fundraising target! This was our most successful Gateway Challenge to date, but just you wait for our next one. We’ll make sure we help even more organisations get invaluable funds to help their communities.
“We raised significantly more than we had expected. (After the learning programme) we felt much better equipped to effectively use our limited resources” Tanzania Development Trust, No Female Genital Mutilation! Safe House and Training Centre, Tanzania
Route To Good mentoring programme: how we put professional mentors in touch with our charity partners
We are incredibly proud of this mentoring programme matching our partner organisations with communications and marketing experts from our company partner Dentsu Aegis network . These professionals will help our partner organisations over the course of 12-18 months to design and plan innovative solutions to their most pressing organisational needs, primarily focusing on marketing and communications. Exactly what most of partner organisations say they are struggling with.
Volunteer Evaluation Programme: how we send volunteers to visit and help our partners around the world
After intensive preparation period, our 16 volunteers have finally set off to Lebanon, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, India, Nepal, Bosnia, Kosovo, Serbia, Tanzania and the UK.
They will be visiting some of GlobalGiving UK's NGO partners to monitor and evaluate their impact on the ground and help them build their digital communication resources, write up a comprehensive assessment of their training and development needs and prepare quality external audit reports for these organisations. Yes, we are keeping them very busy!
“So we arrived in India a few days ago. And wow has it been an experience so far… As soon as we explain we are doing charity work every person seems to adamant we should visit there friend’s friend’s nephew who could really do with our help. The idea that we might have a planned schedule before we jumped on a plane to India doesn’t seem to cross their minds clearly! But still it’s humbling to see how respected charity work is here."
Follow Belinda's journey via her blog. Those of us stuck in the office are very jealous. Aren’t you?
10k run in London this Sunday
We have great volunteers willing to go to great lengths for us: baking cakes, climbing mountains, and parachuting down from the plane, all to raise funds for GlobalGiving.
This Sunday 5 of them will be doing a 10 k run in London to support us. Not a marathon, but admirable indeed! You’ll find this interesting: one of them is our CEO, Eleanor Harrison. (Now, where does she find the time to do all this?)
All money raised will be added here, to GlobalGiving UK Innovation Fund: to develop new training and support projects for our partner NGOs and, in turn, allow them to maximise their impact.
Buy one goat for a family in Darfur and we’ll donate another!
We are very proud to have been able to offer £6,000 worth of funds raised through our partnership with PayPal as matching funds for our partner organisation Kids for Kids and their wonderful project Goats and Donkeys Transform Lives in Darfur. We are matching pound for pound, until funds last.
Effectively, you can donate £37 to buy one goat for a family, and we’ll add another £37, so another family can get a goat too. Isn’t that wonderful? Two goats for the price of one, an offer you cannot refuse.
GlobalGiving UK Story Scribes
We will be out and about in London in July & August collecting community feedback and stories of social change. If you would like to volunteer to collect stories this summer, we would love to hear from you! We are offering free training on 15th July and 28th July. Please sign up here to get involved.
It’s always fun to end with wine
For those of you based in or around London, or those of you who may be passing through, please join our Blankets & Wine event in Regent's Park, 14th August, 4 - 6:30 PM. Enjoy interesting company, warm weather, live music and some superb storytelling. It's a great opportunity to talk about your organisation to a wonderful group of GlobalGiving friends. Please bring a blanket, some drinks and a few snacks.
I prefer Swiss dark chocolate, but crisps are fine too, I guess. RSVP.