Mission: Launched in March 2008 by students at the University of Pennsylvania, Givology is an Internet online giving marketplace for education that leverages small dollar donations to support grassroots projects and student scholarships in the developing world. As a P2P community at the forefront of the internet microphilanthropy revolution, Givology partners with NGOs and schools throughout the world and connects internet donors to grassroots causes. Through donor message functions, open blogging, and frequent student updates, Givology democratizes philanthropy by introducing choice, transparency, and information sharing in education philanthropy. In particular, we aspire to do the following:
* Create an online community for giving - to connect our donors to high-impact investments in education
* Serve as an online hub for grassroots education organizations that do transformational work in the community
* Leverage small dollar donations to improve access to quality education in developing countries
* Raise funding and support to enable our global partners to scale and expand their impact
* Spread awareness and generate research about problems in education delivery
* Share information and promote cross-cultural relationships through blogging, messaging, and social media
Geographic areas served: Africa, Latin America, Asia
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I've always wanted to give back in some way to an international cause. When I found Givology on Idealist.org and learned more about its mission to help children globally achieve better access to an education, I was hooked. I've also been so honored to work with an amazing team of dedicated volunteers, and it's great to be able to use my professional skills to help benefit the organization.
Givology is still able to maintain its grassroots mission to serve the organizations with no voice in the most remote parts of the world - it's ability to do this on a 100% volunteer base is admirable in this day and age!
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Givology prides itself on offering complete transparency to donors on where their money is going. Its partnerships with amazing grassroots nonprofits are all personally vetted, diligenced, and carefully chosen. When reading through the student and project profiles, I cannot help but feel like I'm immersed in the stories of those thousands of miles away. Getting involved in Givology is the best decision anyone of any age could make in their volunteering lives.
This organization is truly one of a kind in the ideals it is pioneering - it sits at the cross-section of the future of philanthropy and the potential for individual change to occur on a personal level across continents. There are a few distinguishing factors:
1) It is crowdsourcing donations from all individuals: not specific to gender, age, economic status
2) Donations span from $1 to thousands of dollars: so giving back can start small
3) Informational transparency is the crux of its mission: the free flow of information from students/ non profit grassroots partner to donor is all publicly displayed and scanned into updates online. Letters that are handwritten by children are shown in their original form. Authenticity, accountability, and information disclosure are the exchanges for a donor's time and money
4) Person-to-person direct connections are established: donors scan and choose their students based on their own personal reasons and communication among other donors and across Givology staff/ Givology partners / and Givology sponsored students exist on Givology's platform
5) Volunteerism and giving what you can is the central mission: the core team is a base of 20-25 volunteers who have given Givology countless hours of their "extra time" ... spread across the nation and internationally, Givology leverages people's talent and small dollar denominations to achieve the highest impact
6) Scaling and continual diligence: Givology's biggest struggle is having chapters be self-governing and not just fundraising arms. How to best offer continual diligence for its grassroots partners and also continual internal growth is difficult without adequate dedicated full-time staff and funding for Givology Fellows to go to partner sites directly for research and data recording.