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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

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.