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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

Girls interacting with a computer

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

DataKind and GlobalGiving Using Data Science to Drive Funding to Effective Organizations

A DataKind DataDive team hard at work answering questions with GlobalGiving data

This is a guest post written by Miriam Young, DataKind’s Communications Specialist.

At DataKind, we harness the power of data science in the service of humanity by bringing together data science experts with mission-driven organizations like GlobalGiving to work on projects addressing critical humanitarian problems. We have the honor of working with inspiring organizations around the world looking to use data to transform their work and are thrilled to be working on our second project with GlobalGiving using data science to drive dollars to effective organizations.

There is much that binds DataKind and GlobalGiving together. For one, as we discovered at our recent DataDive weekend in Nashville, we both have a knack for doing cartwheels down hallways (GlobalGiving was much better than we were.) Perhaps more significantly, we are bound together by our missions similarly dedicated to giving social change organizations access to powerful resources to amplify their impact.

The GlobalGiving DataDive team

The GlobalGiving DataDive team

As all of you know, GlobalGiving is in itself a tremendous resource for organizations and individuals raising needed funds to address critical issues around the world. GlobalGiving has another powerful resource up its sleeve as well: data.  Because GlobalGiving’s website tracks each project’s fundraising progress and each click of a potential donor, they have gathered a tremendous amount of data that can, in turn, be used to help people more easily find organizations they would like to donate to and help organizations fundraise more effectively.

But what exactly is data science anyway? Simply put, we at DataKind think of data science as the art of wrangling data to provide actionable information, predict our future behavior, uncover patterns to help us prioritize, or otherwise draw meaning from vast data resources. While there’s still debate about defining this profession, we think of a data scientist as both a statistician and a computer scientist. This combination of skills puts data scientists in a sweet spot of knowing not only how to obtain and transform the necessary data for an organization, but also how to understand what the numbers are–and are not–saying.

Our project with GlobalGiving started at our October DataDive with an initial analysis of data from their past projects to determine what factors lead to projects being successfully funded. DataKind volunteers found interesting trends, such as the fact that more specificity within a project description tended to lead to more donations.

Our DataKind team is now in the stage of using these findings to optimize GlobalGiving’s search ranking algorithm. By the end of the project, GlobalGiving will have a better understanding of which factors motivate donors to give, which will in turn be used to help organizations fundraise more effectively.

Stay tuned for more updates on this project over the coming weeks. If you’ll be at NTEN’s Nonprofit Technology Conference in March, Will Frechette from GlobalGiving will be speaking on a panel that our Programs Strategist, Shubha Bala, is hosting on how nonprofits can use data science to advance their work. We’d love to see you there (and maybe even do a cartwheel or two with you down the hall).

The Power of Crowdfunding to Fight Ebola

This article was originally posted on the Philanthropy News Digest PhilanTopic Blog.

In DecTIMEcoverember, TIME magazine named Ebola Fighters — doctors, nurses, caregivers, scientists, and medical directors “who answered the call,” often putting their own lives on the line — as its “Person of the Year.” We couldn’t agree more: local West Africans and long-time residents like our friend and partner Katie Meyler and her colleague Iris are courageous, vital, and worthy of support.

While much of the emergency funding from private donors and companies has been channeled to U.S. government partnerships and programs, we’ve been focused on helping donors reach the “last mile” with their donations. Aaron Debah is familiar with that last mile. Aaron, a Liberian nurse, has rallied his neighbors to go house-to-house to combat rumors and misinformation in a culturally relevant way. He’s also producing a local radio show about Ebola to spread the message more widely in the community. Through Internews, GlobalGiving donors are funding motorbikes for community activists, a scanner/copier/printer, and mobile phones, among other items. Through their actions, people like Aaron are making an enormous difference in the fight against the virus at a hyper-local level.

Radio producer and nurse Aaron Debah and his colleague Roosevelt Dolo (L) are coordinating community volunteers to fight Ebola in Liberia.

Radio producer and nurse Aaron Debah and his colleague Roosevelt Dolo (L) are coordinating community volunteers to fight Ebola in Liberia.

$3 Million and Counting for Locally Driven Ebola Solutions

At the end of 2014, we announced that we had helped raise more than $3 million for Ebola relief from donors in sixty-eight countries through the GlobalGiving community. We’re currently crowdfunding for more than 29 community organizations that are preventing and fighting the spread of the virus in West Africa. By giving to local nonprofits that are deeply rooted in the affected areas, donors are supporting organizations that were creating change in their own communities long before this Ebola outbreak — and will be there to drive the recovery of the region over the long term.

More than 3,800 individuals have given to over 30 Ebola relief projects on GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk, including GlobalGiving’s Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund. In November, a $200 donation to the fund came from a community of concerned people in Mozambique: “Though it may not seem like much, this is equivalent to two months minimum wage here. Thank you for connecting our hearts with fellow Africans who are suffering!” said Brian, the man whose family collected and sent the donations to GlobalGiving.

Private foundations have joined the thousands of individual donors to support locally driven organizations combating Ebola in West Africa through GlobalGiving. In August, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation gave $100,000 to the GlobalGiving Ebola Epidemic Relief Fund in the form of a matching grant, motivating more than seven hundred individual donors to give $100,000 over a span of just four days. In September, the Sall Family Foundation also gave $100,000 and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation contributed $400,000. And in November the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust gave $2.2 million to the fund.

Transparency around this funding is important to us. Each of the nonprofits on GlobalGiving has been vetted and has committed to providing donors regular updates about how donations are put to work. We’re also publishing donation data to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) on a daily basis.

A Marketplace That Creates Local Resilience

As 2014 was coming to a close, Jennifer Lentfer, a leading blogger on aid effectiveness, made this comment: “Grassroots groups fighting Ebola have formidable challenge. They must continually seek out and compete for new resources in a funding environment that favors short-term grants to larger, higher-profile groups and that is often led by global trends rather than persistent, ongoing challenges.”

Jennifer is right, and that’s exactly the reason the GlobalGiving marketplace exists. We work not only to connect small groups to major funding, but to help those organizations build their own capacity and funding networks so that their communities will be stronger and more resilient in the face of ongoing challenges and future crises.

For us at GlobalGiving, it’s about even more than just access to funding. We’re also making sure that local organizations have access to the information and ideas they need to be as effective as possible with the money they do have. We’re connecting organizations of all sizes to technology and information that would have otherwise only been available to major international NGOs.

More Than Just Funding: Access to Technology That Could Help Stop Ebola

In November, several of our nonprofit partners in West Africa highlighted a major challenge: they needed faster access to data from the field. We connected those nonprofits with Journey, a South African technology company with a history of success developing mobile health solutions in Africa. Journey is now working with GlobalGiving partners to create and distribute the Ebola Care app, helping health workers track individual patients, coordinate education events, follow up with at-risk children and orphans, and log data about survivors.

EbolaCareApp“In order to be effective during any crisis, being able to access real-time data is critical, as time is of the essence,” Sam Herring, data manager for More Than Me, one of our partners that is using the app in the slum of West Point, Liberia, explains. “Thanks to the Ebola Care app, data that once took weeks to get to us is now rolling in by the minute. This allows us to identify hot zones, have our ambulance transport suspected Ebola patients to Ebola treatment units immediately, send in our social mobilization team to provide psychosocial support, food, and cleaning items to affected homes, and enable our nursing team to educate residents about prevention.”

Together with Journey, we’ve mobilized smartphone donations for nonprofits that have the desire and capacity to use the app. And after developing it with input from some of our with local partners in Liberia, Journey is distributing the app on smartphones to other GlobalGiving partners who have expressed interest. Journey also continues to gather feedback and improve the app based on feedback from the field so that it will become even more effective in meeting the needs of health workers on the ground.

MariTEDxOur co-founder, Mari, gave a TEDx talk earlier this year in which she noted that “the power of crowdfunding isn’t in the funding, it’s in the crowd.” We’ve seen that idea come to life over the past several months as we invest in organizations networking to support the fight against Ebola. As long as there are unmet needs in local communities from Monrovia to Mumbai, Mexico to Minneapolis, GlobalGiving will continue to mobilize crowds to level the playing field for local change-makers.

You can learn more about the GlobalGiving partners responding to the Ebola outbreak here: globalgiving.org/ebola