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Givology

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

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

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first started helping out for Givology I was kind of hesitant and didn't know what to do or which projects to participate in. But the entire Givology team was so helpful in directing me to do something that I enjoyed and also helping global education. The community that is the Givology team is one that is incredibly supportive and responsive. I have truly never had quite the experience in which so many people were willing to sacrifice time and effort in their every day lives, as all members are volunteers, to dedicate themselves to a global cause in need of resolution. I am proud to have volunteered for a nonprofit like Givology!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience at Givology has been humbling and enlightening. Everybody here has a lot of stuff on their plate, but the fact that they still carve out time from their schedules to help others honestly shows how far compassion and time can go. People on the team are constantly open to new ideas, trying to figure out new ways on how to increase awareness, and do their best to release quality material. Being part of such a dedicated team has really helped me become more aware of the power of motivation, and how valuable passion can be.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is an innovative and empowering nonprofit, and I am so glad to be a part of it. Our mission, which is to create an online community for giving, is a powerful and effective way to create change.

One of my favorite aspects about Givology is that all ideas are heard, considered, and acted upon. Everyone is encouraged to create and grow their own projects in areas that interest them. I have been able to execute many social media projects that stemmed from my own ideas; this was an immensely valuable experience. believe that this sense of community is what drives the organization; everyone is able to bring value in their own unique ways. Givology promotes the idea that small dollars can promote great change; in the same way, every volunteer is able to make a helpful contribution to the mission, no matter how small.

Givology has already created a huge positive impact on global education, and I believe that is still has so much potential to create more.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When you have a nonprofit like Givology, where 100% of donations go to the ultimate mission, you have to keep in mind the hard work that the members contribute for which they receive no monetary compensation. I have met some of the most incredibly selfless hardworking people volunteering for Givology. Each member of this organization has a full time job, are full time students, or have families, and they still dedicate enough time to run this incredible charity that has benefited thousands of children around the world. 5 stars is not enough to express how amazing this organization is.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is such an empowering organization. Being part of Givology made me realize how strong an organization can be if it includes passionate and talented individuals. Together as a team, we utilize our talents and skills. Givology provides abundant of opportunities and it has also made me more aware of the the issues around the world. Givology's mission is extremely powerful and we are constantly improving.The Board Members of Givology are very dedicated and always there to help. Givology has so much to offer and I will definitely continue to be a apart of Givology.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology sits on the frontier of our collective social action in cyberspace, and making impacts to real lives of children. It awakes our common social conscience to make a difference to society, and it is so exciting to share our camaraderie with our fellow Givology volunteers. There are pleny of so-called charity organizations but Givology shines when comparing with these organizations - it's 100% volunteer effort with nearly zero overhead cost! Go Givology!

2 Frida H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Givology about a year. I love how our leaders Joyce Meng and Jennifer Quen always take time to talk to you. There is a great spirit of team effort and commitment to the cause of helping children to get an education. For me, they have allowed me to explore my creative side as a Development Intern.

I am very proud to be part of Givology! I can't wait to see how much more we can do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with Givology! It is only fair to help children in need of a better education. I love the dedication of our team. We have a beautiful goal!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is one of the exemplar nonprofits where a group of passionate individuals interested in the topic of education and nonprofit development come together and utilize their skills for a greater good. Volunteering with Givology has opened my eyes to the issues surrounding our partners, in addition to the behind-the-scenes work that goes into running a nonprofit. I have truly enjoyed volunteering with Givology.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Givology for the past year, and it has been inspiring. Not only is its approach to non-profit work unique, but it is effective. I am consistently motivated by the volunteers that work for Givology, through their passion and time-commitment; this is only more astonishing through the impact we achieve, and how many students we really reach. The part I love most about Givology is the concept of a personal, one-on-one approach. Givology allows donors to see which students they're giving money too, and also sees the results- through progress reports and communication. Although it is online, Givology uses social media and our interconnected world wide web to reach students around the globe. Givology is innovative in its technique, effective in its impact, and inspiring in its work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a Givology volunteer, I feel that Givology gives everyone an opportunity to make a difference with a donation or through volunteering. Givology gives me the opportunity to develop my skills as a writer and help an important cause. I think global education is something to be taken seriously and Givology is making measurable steps in increasing education throughout the world.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've really enjoyed volunteering with Givology - our dynamic network of volunteers and leaders is extremely supportive and I've realized that every micro dollar, every volunteer hour, and every word of advocacy can make an impact on a very macro level. Givology has truly opened my eyes to issues in education and international development, and has helped me develop key collaboration, communication, and fundraising skills. More importantly, Givology has instilled within me a deep passion for helping children in developing communities receive the educational opportunities that I've been fortunate enough to have - a passion that I hope to further for the rest of my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think no matter how much experience or knowledge you have with the NGO work or the issues that Givology targets, there are so many amazing opportunities to get involved. From helping launch a social media campaign, translating letters, interviewing partners, to starting up a video campaign, I've always felt that I had a lot of freedom in the projects I could pursue. The leadership of this organization has always been very supportive of interns ideas and creativity. Communication has always been excellent; working with this team of dedicated volunteers has been very inspiring. Even when I first started out, I was given the opportunity to interview and learn more from some amazing grassroots organizations. Hearing about the setbacks and experiences they've had in the countries they work in really has given me a more insightful view of things happening in other parts of the world, all without physically leaving my small hometown

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always wanted to learn more about issues in the developing world, but I didn't have the money or resources to directly visit any place. With Givology, I've gotten the chance to interact with founders of innovative and successful non-profits, while also working on my own project to impact the organization uniquely.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only been an intern with Givology for about a month, and I've only just begun getting involved with the amazing things they do, but it has alreasy been an incredible experience. I have been able to do more in only a couple weeks than I expected to, and I can not wait to continue my contributions. Not only have they given me a look at what it means to effectively give, but they have given me hope that every individual can make a difference. When I saw that the student I donated to reached full support, and I received an update on that student, I can't describe how great of a feeling that was. The Givology team is passionate, team-oriented, and unbelievably hard-working. They all volunteer their time, while mainting classes and/or full-time jobs, and when I'm feeling overwhelmed with everything on my plate, they inspire me to keep going, because my efforts will be worth it. I could go on forever, but I'll leave it at this: I know there are great nonprofits out there, but Givology is a truly unique organization run by some of the most driven and selfless people I have ever met, and Givology is making a visible difference and will continue to.

Allison35

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have always known that I wanted to work with nonprofits, but I wasn't exactly sure of what niche was the right fit for me. After looking on Idealist, I came across Givology and was extremely moved by their effective model of giving. Givology works with partners who aren't that well known yet and really gives these schools & kids a chance at receiving a better education. An awesome aspect that separates Givology from the rest is that donors actually have the chance to write letters and create a relationship with students they are helping. It is incredible. I have worked with Givology for a few months now and wouldn't change any part of my experience. The people are warm and inviting as well as open to new ideas.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is a fantastic organization that emphasizes targeted giving in its efforts to foster education across the world. The Organization aims to create a transparent system connecting the donor and the recipient by funding worthwhile grassroots causes, then providing constant feedback in the form of pictures, videos and letters. With Givology, more so than many other charitable organizations, you really see where your dollars and/or efforts are going.

On top of its worthwhile goals, Givology is very well run and has expanded dramatically since it was started on a college campus several years ago. With its updated website, straightforward guidelines on starting a new chapter and 100% volunteer philosophy, the Organization is built to scale quickly and effectively without straying from its core mission.

I've only been a part of Givology for a couple months but look forward to becoming more involved with future projects.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is a tremendous organization with great leadership. The organization has effectively scaled and seems to be just scratching the surface of its potential. Givology offers a sound avenue to learn about many different areas such as nonprofits, marketing, fundraising, social media, finance, and leadership.

It operates as a virtual organization, but you get to know the people involved and one has an opportunity to leave a footprint of leadership with anything they are involved with. I encourage prospective volunteers to participate in living out Givology's mission as a position is an immensely rewarding experience.

I have been involved for a few months now and already I have traveled to places I otherwise would not have traveled, enjoyed conversations I would not have had, and made friends I would have never made. The organization is generally very supportive and willing to help one grow. A position with Givology is a microcosm of life - you get out what you put in!

Genna W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Philip G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been lucky enough to join the Givology team through my close friend, Jenn Chen. She introduced me to this organization and I immediately felt close to the cause. It has been an absolute honor to work with a team that is so passionate about truly moving a needle that needs to be moved. Seeing what can be done with only the strength of volunteers has been an eye-opening experience that I cherish each and every day.

In a world where it can seem easy to lose faith in humanity, it is organizations and people such as Givology and its team that are shining lights of hope for us all.

jennqchen

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning at Givology has been an incredible experience. Everyone in the organization is extremely talented and they utilize their volunteer base very efficiently. Whether they have been working with the organization since its founding or only began a short time ago, volunteers are all extremely dedicated to Givology and willing to endlessly devote their time, despite the various commitments they may have. The amount of achievements Givology has been able to earn as a 100% volunteer run organization, that collects virtually no overhead, never ceases to amaze me and I believe it is a true testament to the enthusiasm of their team.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern at Givology, I see the effort and the dedication of the Givology team each and every day. Givology strives for such a global and profound impact, and it has inspired me to want to work hard to make the world a better place. The message that Givology promotes and lives by is one that has inspired me more than I had ever imagined. Everyone is supportive, dedicated and passionate. The hours are flexible and the environment is great for anyone.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Interning at Givology is incredibly engaging and has provided me with so many opportunities. Everyone on the team is so invested and talented; I couldn't imagine working with a better group of individuals! The environment is supportive, and you really get a chance to show your creativity! As one of the younger people on the team, there was never a moment where I felt anxious to voice my opinion. I really look forward to continuing my work with Givology in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology has been engraved in my heart. This organization is helping me give to learn and learn to give.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is a wonderful organization that really helped me realize the true meaning and impact of effective giving. It really strives to establish a deeper connection between the donor and those they help, which is something we so rarely see with nonprofits. Givology believes that every bit of time and money you give is helpful, no matter how small. They are very flexible with volunteer hours, and I can contribute whenever I have the time to do so!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The passionate founders & wholly volunteer run model make volunteering for Givology a truly engaging & collaborative experience. Givology is sharply focused on the efficient direction of donors' funds to grassroots children's education projects worldwide. The translation of inspirational hopes into practical action encourages everyone to get involved & believe we can make an impact.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology really provides a unique experience and puts a twist on the general form of volunteering. Instead of being given menial work, Givology gives even interns the chance to be part of the bigger changes and provides volunteers with a greater sense of importance. It truly is a great experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

One of the biggest problems in the non-profit industry is the lack of transparency. The overhead and operational cost for the big non-profits exceeds what most "for-profit' companies today face. As a volunteer-run organization, all proceeds go directly to the projects and/or children. Simply put, they deliver results. I was hesitant to donate money to other charities, primarily because you never know how far your dollar is going. For every dollar you donate, seventy cents probably goes towards operational costs. Givology aims to provide short-term impact to children and projects in need. When you donate to Givology's projects, you can be certain that every dollar is being put into the pockets of children in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Givoloy has been unlike any volunteer experience I've ever had - in the best way possible. Not only is the team made up of incredibly passionate people, but there exists a collaborative and creative spirit which transcends the geographic separation of our team members. In my time with Givology I've been able to participate in (and occasionally even lead) many creative projects and feel not only as though I've made a tangible difference in the global community and lives of the students we touch, but that I've also gained greater sense of self and purpose. Volunteering with Givology has by far been one of my best decisions this entire year!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is a most extraordinary organization. It provides a true connection between donors and the ones receiving the help, manages to make the greatest impact out of all sized donations, and harnesses the power of the internet for good. The people that I have worked with here have been extremely inspiring. Despite of having full-time school or work outside of Givology, they all manage to still provide Givology with all of their dedication.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was recommended to Givology through a friend who thought it would be a perfect match for me and she was right. I love the way that the organization is personalized and the donor gets to choose specifically where his or her money goes - whether it's a student or a project. I also like that Givology encourages all size donations, so that everyone feels like they can give back and make a difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe that education is the most effective way to achieve development in any country. And that is exactly what Givology does. The staff is extremely dedicated to making education, a fundamental human right, equally accessible to students around the world. The organization has already served thousands of children in over 26 countries through the help and contribution of 2,600+ donors. When you educate a child, he or she will use that knowledge to combat gender equality, improve health conditions, voice opinions, and better his or her local community. I think the innovative, high-impact projects and scholarships truly transform students because it gives them an alternative to a life of poverty. Givology has provided me with hands-on experience and contribute to a great cause. I wholeheartedly encourage others to join the organization and experience for themselves the wonderful work it does.

William16

Board Member

Rating: 5

Givology is truly an outlier among its peers. Its ability to be able to not only succeed but thrive in the niche market it has carved out shows just how well positioned it is going forward. Givology's approach to alleviating poverty through online giving and directly connecting donors to students and grassroots projects around the world is a shining example of altruism in practice.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a teenager, I knew I wanted to enable children in developing nations to receive the quality of education I enjoy. The question for me was, "Which non-profit do I join out of the thousands of social enterprises?" So began my search for a non-profit that was 100% volunteer-based and made giving easy, transparent, and rewarding. A non-profit that did not passively funnel money but cared about creating long-term personal relationships between sponsors and students. Givology was one of the very few non-profits that met these conditions that I had in mind. Beginning as a development intern, I quickly learned that there was much more to Givology. The team atmosphere at Givology is so incredibly collaborative, and I have met some of the most supportive and amazing individuals here in this organization; even though we are all volunteers and are either in school or are working professionals, our passion for giving is unmatched. Volunteers of all ages are equally welcome to contribute. I knew I wanted a hands-on experience, and few people my age to have the opportunity to run non-profit. Givology truly surpassed all my expectations for a non-profit, and I know I will be involved with this organization far beyond college.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology's all-volunteer, student-focused model is incredibly effective at bringing to light critical issues in development and guiding donors to causes that they can connect with and people who will accomplish great things with their aid. Givology punches well above its weight.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came across Givology when I was looking for organizations to volunteer with. After speaking with Joyce, I was immediately inspired and excited to be contributing to their mission. Every member is dedicated to the organization and works hard to build and grow the cause. Givology is an incredible organization and I'm very proud to be a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had an incredible experience being part of Givology! I have been able to make a meaningful impact to children around the world through working with our partner grassroots organizations in fundraising and increasing awareness of their education efforts. Through education, these children get far greater opportunities in life than anything simple donations can provide.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is an amazing organization that really makes a huge difference in the world and in the lives of others with every single cent that we bring in. The work that we do with education is so important, and seeing all of the positive changes we bring to the global community is super rewarding! I really hope you will consider donating time and/or money to this superb organization!

Michael110

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I deeply enjoy working with Givology to make an impact in communities reach self-sustainable empowerment, social justice, and better quality of life. By partnering with leading grassroots nonprofit organizations, local communities, and schools to sponsor education grants, scholarships, and innovative community-based education projects, Givology has raised over $90,000 for over 130,000 students in ten different countries over three years! We make Giv-ing transparent, easy, and most importantly... FUN!

Joyce14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy working with Givology because as a 100% volunteer organization, I know that I can make the biggest impact with them. It's not a typical volunteer experience - it's really a chance to lead a project and help bring out new ideas!

Kylie L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Givology is probably one of the best non profit organzation out there. We are an organized, hardworking and 100 percent volunteered organzation. Out mission is to help students all over the world to achieve an education. Being part of the core team of Givology, I can truly say that Givology is something that I am tremendously proud of.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Working with Givology over the last year has been an invaluable experience. The most influential moment for me was seeing the letters that the students and donors work back and forth. It was here that Givology proved itself not a faceless organization, but one that sincerely cares about it students. The efforts of Givology to increase student access to education have been fantastic and I hope they continue in the future with their wonderful endeavors.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with Givology for two months. The passion and energy for providing education in the developing world is inspiring.

Julia G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is an amazingly dynamic and pioneering organization that is able to support small grassroots education initiatives and build meaningful one to one relationships between donors and sponsored students and projects.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization with great people that are thinking of innovative, effective and personal ways of promoting education access. I have learned a lot from Givology and appreciate the opportunities I have had to make a positive impact on other people's lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is an absolutely fantastic non-profit that leverages microdonations to spread the transformative powers of education around the world. Using a P2P online marketplace platform, Givology directly and transparently connects Internet users to some of the most remote education NGOs, projects and students in the developing world. You can donate how much you want how often you want to a number of innovative projects in over 20 countries, and also connect with the students you're supporting through letters, photos and sometimes even video. Best of all, 100 percent of your donations are going to the cause of your choice - Givology will not take an overhead from your donation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What makes Givology so special to me is the passion that each member has to make a difference in the global community. Givologists are willing to put in the time to help make the organization successful and at the same time challenge each other to come up with new ways to spread awareness and fundraise. Another aspect of Givology that makes the work we do worthwhile, is the fact that we often receive letters from the students we fund about how grateful they are to be given the opportunity to learn.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joining Givology was one of the most challenging yet valuable experiences of my life. Although there are so many online outlets to promote awareness about the poverty and education issues around the world, it is a great challenge to truly motivate people and mobilize them into action; however, Givology has taken just the right steps to approach donors and volunteers alike so that everyone can see the changes he/she is making and be a part of the movement for change. Just to name a few of Givology's unique approaches: Givology connects the donors to the donees with regularly updated letters and blogs; provides internship opportunities that teaches you the skill of integrating social impact into business operations; and actively engages donors in programs like essay challenges, video contests and local microfundraisers that inspire them to think beyond the initial concept of donating.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Getting involved with Givology has been one of the best experiences of my life. Not only is the mission of Givology an important aspect in the development of society and empowerment of individuals but the nonprofit has such an innovative way of accomplishing this goal of democratizing education.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is one of the best nonprofit organizations I have ever worked with. In addition to providing unlimited support and resources, Givology truly lets you make a difference. My club members and I love how we can allocate the money we fundraised to different projects and students we especially care about - Givology makes donating so tangible, so real, that you feel that you are really making a difference, every single day. I am honored to say that I have worked with Givology, and will continue to support this great organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What puts Givology above all other nonprofits is the leadership. The people who work with Givology are the most diligent and amazing individuals that I have met, and they propel me to work harder and achieve more. With their support, I am able to express my creativity with ideas to take Givology further and establish it as one of the premier organizations for education. The inception of Givology comes at the perfect time; the Internet is a powerful means of leveraging small-scale donations to make large impact, and Givology caters to this phenomenon wonderfully. Givology moves quickly, and it may be hard at times for volunteers to keep up, but when they do, the results are so strong and tangible.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having been with Givology with inception, I've seen how this organization mobilizes volunteers to make a difference. They pioneer the concept of microphilanthropy - of small dollar donations making a difference and creating a personal connection between the donor and the beneficiary, from letter writing to frequent updates.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity Givology is on the cutting edge of funding the educations of students around the world. We are implementing several new programs in the coming weeks, that are sure to be replicated by charities all over the world. Another reason why givology will be a leader in social impact is its transparency. It places a great deal of importance on accounting for every dollar that donors give and ensuring it reaches our field partners to do its work. Givology is pioneering a system of transparency that much larger organizations cannot match.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is a really amazing educational nonprofit. There are a lot of great nonprofits out there, but I think Givology stands out because of the creative way it tries to support education by creating a community around giving and arranging really fun and unique events. It fits with the idea that anyone can give and that the collective effort of groups, regardless of how big or little a contribution may be, can make a difference. The 50 Dollars Campaign and letter campaign for example are ways that has made online giving more personal and personal giving even more fun.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

While working for Givology I witnessed firsthand the passion and commitment of all the people involved. The members clearly worked as a supportive team, and the most impressive part was their dedication to receiving feedback in order to constantly improve the organization. Working with them as a leader of a university chapter also proved to be a great experience. They gave me the freedom to run the chapter, while still holding me accountable, asking for progress, and offering support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Givology is dedicated to the pursuit of education on a global scale. Donors are allowed to select which students their time and donations are given to. They have the option of exploring Student Profiles, blogs, nation-wide chapters, which allows them to easily interact with Givology. Reading about each Givology student is inspiring; it makes you take time out and reflect on all the things you have in life rather than all the things you lack. The organization itself is amazing. The people I've worked with are incredibly friendly, passionate, driven and easy to reach-out to. They are mostly students who still find time for this cause. Bottom Line- GET INVOLVED TODAY! www.givology.org