Groundwork Opportunities

Rating: 4.94 stars   54 reviews

Issues: International

Location: 4083 24th Street Unit 460747 San Francisco CA 94146 USA

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.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

GO is a phenomenal organisation that possesses real innovation, vision and true heart. It constantly inspires and uplifts its volunteers, members and supporters by remaining actively engaged in revolutionary efforts to combat poverty worldwide.

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Rating: 4 stars  

I started working with Groundwork Opportunities (GO) a couple years ago on their advisory board and recently accepted a role on the board. I spent a good amount of time looking at different non-profits and GO impressed me with it's alignment to my own values of identifying leaders and groups with the drive to solve problems then supporting them with monetary and organizational needs. This approach is very high touch but doesn't assume knowing the solution to a specific communities needs, rather working with them to learn, understand, and support them towards their ultimate goals of improving communities and peoples lives. GO also impressed me with it's transparency about funding by providing 100% of donations to the intended project and supporting it's own infrastructure costs by specific fundraising and donations for that purpose, giving donors a clear sense of where their funds would be used.

It's been an honor to be involved with this small group of driven individuals, both staff and volunteers. I'm especially touched by meeting partners in the communities and seeing first hand the work they are doing and the obstacles they struggle with on a daily basis. Looking forward to continuing my contributions to this organization while also learning from those we work with.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a member of the Champions Advisory Board. I am very impressed by the integrity of GO and their mission. Their ability to pass on 100% of donated funds to the projects on the ground is extraordinary. I also think very highly of the projects they choose after their extensive vetting process. This ensures that all of the funds donated are used very catalytically to do the most good possible. Highly recommended.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I began working with GO in various volunteer roles when the organization began in 2009 and now actively serve as their Events Manager and on their Advisory Committee. In 2011, I was
one of the very first GO Champions and launched a fundraising drive that raised $2,500 to start a sustainable bee farm in Uganda. In 2012, I was able to visit this farm myself, a moment that I will remain with me forever. I felt extremely blessed for the opportunity to see my impact first hand. After this experience, I was inspired by the organization and wanted to give everything I could.

I have acted as an advisor to the charity by helping them scale their GO Champions program. Additionally, given my event planning experience, I managed and consulted on 30-40 GO events per year that focused on fundraising and awareness building for the organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recall when GO first started, with Bart and Heather and several others in place to capably lead the organization to where it is today. Through the years, I have admired the passion and dedication of those working directly with GO to benefit various communities worldwide. The fund-raising events are fun, and the proceeds go to many worthy efforts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I discovered GO by chance at one of their earliest fundraisers almost 6 years ago. It was immediately apparent that the people behind this organization were thoughtful, passionate, ambitious and resourceful. Watching GO evolve to bring a network of people together across the world in support of alleviating poverty has been an inspiring experience. GO continues to identify and partner with incredible leaders in many countries to help multiply the positive impact they have on their communities. I am excited to see the continued evolution of GO.

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Rating: 5 stars  

At the heart of every great organization is a core group of leaders with a vision. GO began with three amazing people and a simple idea, to support local leaders in providing opportunities for their communities to lift themselves out of poverty. Since I was introduced to GO in 2008, I have been amazed by their ability to make a real difference in people's lives, and never let an obstacle stand in their way. I recently had the opportunity to visit two of the local organizations that GO supports in Cambodia, and it is so humbling to witness the results of what has come from a simple vision just 4 years ago. Today, GO is helping people all over the world, both directly on the ground and indirectly through development of a platform that will allow a greater portion of supporting contributions to reach the intended recipients. I am honored to be a small part of such an incredible organization, and excited to see what they will do next!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with GO over the past 2 years and cannot say enough about how passionate their team is. Their model of empowering individuals and communities provides sustainable solutions that enrich the lives of so many. GO is an organization that cares deeply about the people and communities that they serve.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been supporting GO since its beginning in 2008. The GO team have continued to stay true to their mission of investing in leaders who have the capacity to end poverty in their communities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have always supported GO's vision to create a world beyond poverty. I am most impressed by how a small investment can bring a community fresh water, sustainable farming, a new school or support women in the marketplace just to name a few of GO's projects.

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a development professional with a strong passion for interventions that empower communities to become agents of change, I could not speak more highly of the work that Groundwork Opportunities enables and inspires. The dedication and commitment of the GO team to changing lives is irrefutable, as is the continuous strive for betterment and progress.

They nurture a link between their champions/fundraisers and the community leaders making an impact on the ground in a way that not many non-profits could ever attempt and this is really what sets them apart.

I am proud to be involved in this fast moving, energetic and life changing organization.

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