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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: GO invests in leaders who have the capacity to end poverty in their communities.

Results: Started in 2008 with $2,000 investment and raised $3.4M YTD in 2011. We have invested in over 25 leadership teams globally that have created over 2,500 permanent jobs for those living in extreme poverty while providing access to quality foods, healthcare, and housing.

Target demographics: Developing world communities where individuals earn less than $2 per day.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 250,000 people improve their wellbeing.

Geographic areas served: Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America

Programs: We believe that community-based leaders have the wisdom and ambition to address the root causes of poverty — if only they were properly supported. By engaging a global network through technology, GO is able to provide these leaders with the tools — visibility, training and seed funding — they need to bring their projects to scale and accelerate systemic change in their own communities and beyond.

Community Stories

54 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

GO is doing a great job changing livea. In Malawi there are propsects og an entire community transformed with support through GO and its untiring team. GO deserves all the support and encouragement

Neal S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Groundwork Opportunities for 3-4 years as a volunteer both technically and as a fundraising champion for the organization. They are one of the most trustworthy and effective non-profit organizations I've been involved with and I recommend them very highly. Bart and Jeniffer deserve your support if you can give it to them. I thank them for their efforts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

GO has been helping the community I work with in the Amazon to raise funds for a campaign they have spearheaded that will benefit their community. GO's platform gives 100% of funds collected to the participating communities and their projects. This is unlike any other crowdfunding platform. GO is an inspiring organization that enrolls people to raise funds and give while getting results. I am grateful to work with GO.

Board Member

Rating: 5

GO is a truly groundbreaking and innovative organization that had managed to connect amazing leaders on the ground in developing communities with donors around the world. Very few nonprofits give donors the insight and transparency into how their efforts are helping bring people out of poverty globally.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

GO's unique approach, supporting positive impact through working through local leaders and entrepreneurs around the world, is what makes GO an exceptional organization. By focusing on seeking local solutions to local poverty challenges, GO helps to generate sustainable and effective change in some of the world's most complex contexts.

Mariposa Rising Foundation

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was looking for a worthwhile cause with good quality people that I knew I could trust and that shared the same visions I do. I came across GO and Bart and Thomas immediately struck me as exactly the kinds of people I could work with. I attended one of their events, met some incredible people, and 6 months later found myself in Cambodia doing what I can to help secure a better future for some very unfortunate children. The work GO does is selfless and very noble. GO is an incredible organization that I would recommend to anyone looking to make a difference in this world.

Vichetr U.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Its hard to find a small organisation like GO in this world. GO invests on local leaders so that they can play their role to serve poorest of the poor and most vulnerable people in this world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I thank GO because they try to understand poorest people and their needs than we are trying to work on the best with paper presentation. We are working together so far and at least about 150 poorest families in Cambodia build better living condition through.

sknolan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with GO for the past four years and never cease to be impressed with the upstanding integrity, incredible professionalism, and amazingly creative ideas to serve the developing world that comes from GO. Not only have I been able to track 100% of my money from my checkbook directly to donors, I've been able to see the tireless efforts of GO Staff and the champion community to create something that matters to people in their own backyard as well as on the other side of the world.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer and adviser with GO, I have able to see how GO runs from an external facing and an internal facing perspective and have been highly impressed with both sides. Professionally I work as a consultant and find tremendous value in efficient/effective work practices. When you add these practices on top of GO's mission to help build a middle class in the developing world, you have a recipe for success. The passion of every person who works at GO along with the shared vision of all it's volunteers and champions makes it a well-run non-profit. The people GO works with on the ground in the developing world is the true heart of the organization. Once you realize through their eyes that GO is impacting REAL people on a DAILY basis through work done here in San Francisco and on the ground in the field, you start to see GO's vision become a reality and tangible impacts made in the lives of those who need the most.

Katie Street

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

GO is an amazing organisation that has truly inspired me with their compassion and dedication.

Donor

Rating: 5

Led by a team of dedicated professionals, Groundwork Opportunities is truly committed to their mission of “creating a world beyond poverty.” As a supporter and attendee of their annual Gala in San Francisco, I have been privileged to interact with the Go Team, meet some of the talented GO champions and learn about their projects. What is most impressive about GO is their focus on local leaders around the world and their ability to empower those leaders to help their own communities.

I will continue to support GO and look forward to a long association with the organization. 100% of the funds donated to Groundwork Opportunities goes directly to local leaders in the field.