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GLOBALGIVING is 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in the United States that provides a global crowdfunding platform for grassroots charitable projects. Since 2002, more than 695,000 donors on GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
have raised more than $288 million to support more than 18,000 projects in 170 countries.

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Structure * 3 Disaster Relief * 4 Reviews * 5 References * 6 External links

HISTORY

Before founding GlobalGiving, Mari Kuraishi and Dennis Whittle were heads of strategy and innovation at the World
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 in World
World
Bank history.

In 2000, they took the concept and competition to the outside world. The Development Marketplace enabled any social entrepreneur to compete for Bank funds. The program was extremely successful — finalists from all over the world gathered in Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C.
, and $5 million was awarded to the 44 most innovative projects.

Based on the Marketplaces' success, Mari and Dennis created an Internet-based platform to facilitate a broader range of social and economic investments in developing countries . In October 2000, they left the World
World
Bank and on February 14, 2002, GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
(formerly DevelopmentSpace) was launched.

Major funding for the launch and early stages was provided by the Omidyar Network , the Skoll Foundation , the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation , and the Sall Foundation . GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
was launched as collaboration between the GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
Foundation and ManyFutures, Inc. In December 2008, ManyFutures became a formal subsidiary of the GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
Foundation, and all operations were placed under direct foundation management.

STRUCTURE

The GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
Foundation is a US-based non-profit organization that individuals and companies can donate to through the website globalgiving.org. It is supported by a network of implementing, corporate and institutional partners.

Potential donors can browse and select from a wide offering of projects that are organized by geography or by themes such as health care, the environment and education. A donor can contribute any amount using a credit/debit card, check, PayPal
PayPal
, Apple Pay , or stock transfer. Gift registries can be set up for special events, and donors can purchase gift cards which recipients can redeem in support of a project of their choosing.

These contributions directly support the entrepreneurial work of global project leaders who are bringing innovative, empowering solutions to challenging social problems at the local community level. To create an interactive relationship between the project and donors, project leaders send regular updates to their donors regarding the progress and impact of the project and donors are invited to submit comments.

GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
funds itself by retaining a 5-12% nonprofit support fee plus a 3% third-party processing fee for each donation. The nonprofit support fee covers the cost of providing support and training to nonprofits, conducting rigorous due diligence on organizations, and conducting field visits. GlobalGiving's administrative overhead is 3.1%.

Companies can also use the GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
platform to allow their employees, customers, partners, or foundation entities to donate directly to grassroots social and economic development projects around the world. And non-governmental organisations (NGOs) such as Ashoka: Innovators for the Public and International AIDS Vaccine Initiative use the system to load projects designed by grassroots groups that they stand behind.

GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
as a web-based fundraising platform is fundamentally different from the World
World
Bank Development Marketplace because it is based on social networks and real-time feedback between donors and grassroots social entrepreneurs or "project leaders." Each organization pitches one or more development projects to prospective donors on the website. The funding decision for each project is crowd-sourced to the public, rather than determined by a team of experts, as in the Development Marketplace. However, in practice, organizations that promote themselves through email and social media campaigns vastly improve their fundraising potential. Each project depends on evangelists (people who spread good news) to flourish. The funding and project update history for each project is public and acts as a form of reputation system for the organization implementing the project.

DISASTER RELIEF

In response to natural disasters and humanitarian crises, GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
regularly launches relief funds to support nonprofits helping those in need. John Hecklinger, GlobalGiving’s Chief Program Officer, explains the organization’s approach to disaster response funding this way:

"Generally, we believe local organizations are best-positioned to assess and to respond to needs, so we listen carefully to what they deem to be most critical. Our view is that locally-run organizations can nimbly and effectively provide for immediate and ongoing community needs. Getting funds to them benefits communities directly and quickly."

GlobalGiving’s community of nonprofits, donors, and companies has funded relief work in response to the Nepal earthquake in 2015 , the Ebola outbreak in West Africa in 2014 , Typhoon Haiyan
Typhoon Haiyan
in 2013 , the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami in 2011 , and the ongoing Syrian refugee crisis , among others. GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
is regularly recommended by USAID 's Center for International Disaster Information to donors looking to support disaster relief efforts.

REVIEWS

GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
earned Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator
's highest rating of four stars in the latest ratings published by the charity evaluator . The Better Business Bureau 's 2015 review states that GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
meets all of its charity accreditation standards.

REFERENCES

* ^ GlobalGiving.org, GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
- About Us, accessed 29 September 2014 * ^ GlobalGiving.org, GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
- About Us, accessed 29 September 2014 * ^ GlobalGiving.org, GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
- Our Team, accessed 28 April 2016 * ^ GlobalGiving.org, GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
- About Us, accessed 29 September 2014 * ^ A web of giving, Seattle Times * ^ GlobalGiving.org, GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
homepage, accessed 9 October 2017 * ^ Harvard Business Review The World
World
Bank’s Innovation Market Archived 2009-04-25 at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ Partners GlobalGiving * ^ Hybrid Model for Nonprofits Hits Snags, New York Times * ^ Partners GlobalGiving * ^ To Do: Be Generous theatlantic.com * ^ Nongovernmental Group Making Personal Philanthropy Easy Archived 2008-02-01 at the Wayback Machine
Wayback Machine
. * ^ GlobalGiving.org Impact To Date, accessed 28 September 2014 * ^ GlobalGiving.org, Explaining GlobalGiving\'s 15% Fee, accessed 9 October 2017. * ^ CharityNavigator.org, , access 9 October 2017. * ^ GlobalGiving.org Good Partners Make All the Difference in the World * ^ Partners GlobalGiving * ^ GlobalGiving’s Disaster Response Approach * ^ GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
- Disasters * ^ http://www.cidi.org/ecuador-earthquake/#.VyJt8aODFBc * ^ http://www.cidi.org/disaster-responses/el-nino/#.VyJuCKODFBc * ^ http://www.cidi.org/disaster-responses/ethiopia/#.VyJuIKODFBc * ^ http://www.cidi.org/disaster-responses/iraq/#.VyJuOaODFBc * ^ http://www.cidi.org/disaster-responses/syria/#.VyJuTaODFBc * ^ CharityNavigator.org Charity Navigator
Charity Navigator
Rating - GlobalGiving, accessed 9 October 2017 * ^ Better Business Bureau
Better Business Bureau
GlobalGiving
GlobalGiving
Foundation - Charity Reports - Give.org, accessed 30 April 2015

EXTERNAL

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