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GlobalGiving Reduces Fee to As Low As 5%

GlobalGiving is not just a platform. GlobalGiving is...GlobalGiving has never been just a crowdfunding platform. Sure, we provide a great website that helps nonprofits tell their stories and collect donations. But that’s just the beginning. As a nonprofit ourselves, we offer a host of services, including vetting, tools, training, one-on-one support, as well as access to corporate funding and new donors. Our ultimate aim is to help nonprofits gain access to the resources they need to thrive.

We’re a partner, not just a platform.

For 15 years, we’ve been building out a successful model that supports and rewards locally-led organizations that emphasize learning and effectiveness. We want to continue to grow by opening our community to even more community- and world- changers. And to prove that bottom-up development not only works, but is possible on a larger scale.

In order to support even more nonprofits of all sizes, we’re reducing our fees for most types of donations. Starting October 1, 2017, once an organization has met our initial fundraising threshold, GlobalGiving will retain just 5% of funds directed to US- and UK-based nonprofits, and 7% of funds for all other organizations. Donations will also still be subject to a 3% third party transaction processing fee, and certain types of donations which rely on expanded GlobalGiving staff and services or have been pre-negotiated are ineligible for the new fee.

Unlike other fundraising platforms, GlobalGiving drives funding back to nonprofits in the form of matching money, bonus prizes, marketing campaigns, and corporate partnerships. In 2016 alone, we drove nearly $10 million extra to our 3,000+ partners, 99% of which received a portion of that funding!

We’ll still provide all the same high quality services and support and, most importantly, we’ll continue to Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat as we elevate local voices and direct support to the most effective nonprofits around the world.

Introducing GlobalGiving Learn: A Resource For Nonprofits, Donors, And Companies

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GlobalGiving is thrilled to announce a new growing collection of resources to help you create more good in the world. Funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and featuring content sourced from our innovative community, GlobalGiving.org’s new Learn library is full of free tips, tools, and resources for nonprofits, donors, and companies.

On Learn, you’ll find stories about successes and failures. You’ll find wisdom and inspiration from your peers on topics that you care about, including fundraising, technology, marketing, and nonprofit management. Best of all, you’re invited to contribute your own learning to help others grow and become more effective!

Here’s a look at six features you’ll love on GlobalGiving’s Learn:

1. Tools + Downloads
Save time with this collection of free, downloadable resources for nonprofits, including a budgeting template, fundraising calendar, and sample press release. Explore now.

2. Success Stories
A cyclist who battled steep mountain passes to raise money for survivors of a deadly earthquake in Italy. A company that helped a chimp escape his fate in the illegal meat trade. A group of women artisans who mastered crowdfunding to take their goods beyond the Sacred Valley of Peru. You inspire us every day! Now there’s a dedicated place to shout about your earth-changing generosity, passion, and ideas. Explore now.

3. GG Test Lab
GlobalGiving is committed to testing theories in aid and philanthropy, so our partners can focus on feeding the hungry, building houses, and hundreds of other amazing things. Check our Test Lab for the latest learnings from around the world (like what Gram Vikas Trust learned from a simple, three-question survey of girls with new bicycles). Explore now.

4. Ideas + Insights
Learn more about topics that matter to nonprofits, companies, and donors in 165+ countries around the world—from myths about millennial donors to the newest research in employee engagement. Explore now.

5. Videos
Visit our video library to find short webinars on fundraising, social media, marketing, and more. You’ll find fun stuff, too—like this TEDx video where our co-founder admits he failed before he finally understood philanthropy’s missing piece. Explore now.

6. Giving Tips
Whether you are a first-time donor, veteran grantmaker, or budding corporate philanthropist, giving to local projects anywhere in the world should be fun, safe, and easy. That’s why we’re rounding up tips for people who want to make the world a better place, including a growing collection of resources for and from our corporate partners. Explore now.

You don’t have to bookmark the webpage to take advantage of this great resource. Sign up to get the best of Learn in your inbox (about once a month)!

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to #MatchAMillion dollars on #GivingTuesday!

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will #MatchAMillion with GlobalGiving on #GivingTuesday! All donations matched at 50% up to $1,000 per donor per organization while matching funds last.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will #MatchAMillion with GlobalGiving on #GivingTuesday! All donations matched at 50% up to $1,000 per donor per organization while matching funds last.

Big news! The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has generously offered to match $1 million in donations on GlobalGiving this #GivingTuesday! Beginning at 00:00:01 EST on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, all donations on GlobalGiving.org will be matched at 50% (up to $1,000 per donor, per nonprofit) while the #MatchAMillion funds last. (Full details here.)

Join the Movement!
After Thanksgiving (in the U.S.), following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a global movement that kicks off the giving season with charity and gratitude. Since 2012 #GivingTuesday has engaged hundreds of thousands of donors giving to tens of thousands of nonprofits. Whole Whale predicts that donors will give a collective $200 million or more on #GivingTuesday this year!

Don’t Miss Out!
This is an opportunity to increase your impact on one of thousands of earth-changing projects around the globe on #GivingTuesday. Whether you’re passionate about supporting Syrian Refugees or protecting the environment, all donations on GlobalGiving are tax-deductible for U.S. donors. Take a moment to consider your end-of-year giving goals now, and set a calendar reminder for early on November 29 so your donations will be matched!

Spread the Word!
Help us get the word out about the biggest matching opportunity ever available on GlobalGiving! Share this post on social media, or write your own post linking to your favorite project!

This #GivingTuesday, @GlobalGiving & @gatesfoundation will #MatchAMillion in donations to projects in 160 countries! http://bit.ly/matchamillion

Introducing the BRIDGE: A New Lookup Tool to Identify Global Social Sector Entities

BRIDGE mapMost of us take it for granted that the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration assigns every vehicle a Vehicle Identification Number (or VIN). This number makes it possible for buyers and sellers to track the story behind a car. With a bit of research, consumers like you or me can learn the history of a used vehicle before we buy it, without ever interacting with the car’s previous owners. This is only possible because the VIN acts as a unique identifier for the auto industry.

Until now, the social sector hasn’t had this basic building block for an information system. In order to easily share details about an organization’s social impact, financial performance, or eligibility, we must be able to firmly differentiate one organization from another.

This is the problem that Foundation Center, GlobalGiving, GuideStar, and TechSoup have set out to solve by creating BRIDGE (Basic Registry of Identified Global Entities). Publicly launching today,  BRIDGE is a system that assigns a unique identifying number—a “numerical fingerprint”—to philanthropic organizations across the globe.These can be non-governmental organizations, programs, and projects or other entities in the social sector, including schools and churches.  

Revolutionary Lookup Tool Now Available to the Public

BRIDGE logoThe BRIDGE project aims to revolutionize information sharing in order to better understand and track the flows of philanthropic dollars and thereby enhance transparency and effectiveness in the global social sector. Funded by Google Inc., the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and with support from the Markets for Good community, the BRIDGE project has reached a major milestone: the launch of a lookup tool.

Already there are nearly three million BRIDGE numbers assigned worldwide, a result of synchronizing information from the databases of founding partners Foundation Center, GlobalGiving, GuideStar, and TechSoup. Ongoing synchronization makes it easier to share and compare data among databases.

This week, BRIDGE launched a search tool at bridge-registry.org where anyone can look up an organization’s name, location, or BRIDGE Number. If you work with an NGO, it means that donors will be able to find your organization more easily to support your cause. If you’re a donor, it means you’ll be able to more easily find partner organizations that work in the fields you most care about. If you work with an intermediary organization, you’ll be able to find members or partners that work in your space and better serve your clients. Everyone, including NGOs, institutional funders, aid transparency organizations, and other NGO service providers can now have a more accurate and holistic picture of what’s happening in the nonprofit and international development sector.

Expect More Innovation

The founding partners intend to grow the collaborative BRIDGE project so that it can strengthen other philanthropic collaborations and create a more structured, transparent, and measurable philanthropic market. The knowledge derived from the BRIDGE project will also facilitate more strategic decision making by those who are working to create positive change across the globe.

This launch is an important milestone for the world of transparency, impact measurement, philanthropy, and nonprofit and social enterprise performance. In the same way that no one involved in the creation of Universal Product Codes (UPCs) in the 1970s could have anticipated the current crop of smartphone scanner apps, we expect BRIDGE to provide a foundation for future innovation that we can’t yet predict. We know BRIDGE will have far-reaching implications for philanthropic information sharing, but we can only begin to imagine the breadth of the project’s ultimate impact.

You can access the lookup tool at bridge-registry.org. For more information, contact the BRIDGE organizers or sign up to receive future milestone announcements from the BRIDGE project.

 

GlobalGiving Powers Philanthropy Behind The Sustainable Development Goals

SDG_SocialSharePostOn September 25, 2015, GlobalGiving announced a new initiative, GlobalGiving for Global Goals, in support of nonprofits around the world that are contributing toward the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with their work in their communities. As world leaders have come together to commit to 17 Global Goals to end extreme poverty, fight inequality & injustice, and fix climate change during UN Week in New York, GlobalGiving is mobilizing individual donors, corporations, and philanthropists to take action around these goals.

The Millennium Development Goals, the predecessors to the SDGs, shaped the international development agenda over the past three decades. Since 1990, more than 1 billion people have been lifted out of extreme poverty, cutting the rate of poverty in half worldwide. But there is still much work to be done, and this time, the new SDGs aim to foster a more inclusive effort by governments, the private sector, and civil society to finish the job. GlobalGiving is supporting thousands of vetted nonprofit organizations around the world that have long been working to address the issues laid out by the SDG agenda.

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The new GlobalGiving Global Goals initiative features sustainable development projects that address each of the 17  Goals. GlobalGiving has vetted each of the featured nonprofits, and they are among GlobalGiving’s highest-ranked organizations; those that are committed to learning and effectiveness.

“We believe that locally-driven organizations committed to listening to their communities are in a powerful position to make lasting change in regard to poverty, climate change, and inequality. The launch of the SDGs is a great opportunity to raise the profile of those local changemakers, whose voices are vital in this conversation, and also to help individual and institutional donors identify opportunities to make meaningful contributions toward the goals,” said John Hecklinger, Chief Program Officer at GlobalGiving.

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It is not only individuals who are interested in new ways to make strides toward the SDGs. Private companies, grantmakers, and other philanthropic organisations are also working with GlobalGiving to channel funding toward local projects addressing the goals. The SDG Philanthropy Platform aims to build a means for philanthropy to engage with, and participate more effectively in the Post-2015 Agenda, and amplify the voice and action of grant makers and grantees in determining and achieving international targets and strategies. GlobalGiving is proud to partner with the SDG Philanthropy Platform to help philanthropists support effective development outcomes around the globe. Visit SDGfunders.org for more information.

Learn how you can get involved with the GlobalGiving Global Goals at GlobalGiving.org/sdg.