Our organization participates in GlobalGiving's platform and have been very impressed with them - not only in their services, but in their care and concern for partner non-profits, and their concern with only working with partners who provide transparency. They also have great training!
VNDF is a small U.S.-based nonprofit that works to raise awareness and funds for Verbo Ministries in Nicaragua. We submitted a project to help raise funds for Colegio Verbo in Veracruz, Nicaragua and enable more students and orphans from the local community to enroll in and stay in school. Global Giving's tools and networked relationships helped us in raising nearly $20,000 in a little over a year for the project and significantly expanding our donor base. By working with Global Giving our project was featured on their corporate partners' employee philanthropic websites which provided funds and awareness we never could have gotten on our own. We get regular training on GG tools and social media fundraising techniques. They are a very valuable fundraising partner!
Global Giving is easy to use and has really helped us (Merlin USA) get our message out to 1000s more people who may be interested in our emergency relief, health care and training work. The staff have always been responsive to comments on how to improve the services offered and create new ideas to help raise even more funds (2011 saw the introduction of fundraising via SMS and an improved gift card process. There are regular training sessions and fundraising initiatives on offer, so that even the newest fundraisers can use Global Giving's website as a great fund and awareness raising tool.
Global Giving was extremely helpful in facilitating international fund-raising and training for my organization, Pintando Caminos, https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/better-life-than-war-and-poverty-for-bogota-youth/ . In Colombia receiving international donations through credit card is very difficult, but Global Giving made that possible and also provided support and trainings for online fund-raising campaigns.
Our decision to become a part of the GlobalGiving family has been a great one. They have opened doors for us to donors in other markets we did not have the resources to access ourselves. What is really great about what they do is that it is not just a platform but a family that shares experiences, best practices and resources. The training has been a really good resources for us.We would recommend that any organization that is wondering 'where to now or what's next?' should be looking at the GlobalGiving Family to support the needs of those they serve and their organization.
This is a great online platform for charities. Unlike many others that take an admin fee and leave all the legwork to the charity, Global Giving actively promotes itself and its projects helping attract new donors. The training in how to improve online fundraising communications is also excellent.
Mann Deshi Foundation started its operation in 1996 in remote areas of Maharashtra and Karnataka. Women of Mann Deshi are the clients who are engage in agricultural activities. Mann Deshi women require daily saving facility, it is not affordable for them to come to bank daily. Mann Deshi is the first bank to provide door step banking. Mann Deshi not only provides the banking services but also see that women control their finance. In 2005 Mann Deshi started B-school for rural women. Mann Deshi with its comprehensive approach provides financial services and business training. Today Mann Deshi has been able to create +27000 successful entrepreneurs.
What makes the Mann Deshi B-School unique is that it lays no educational or age criterion for enrolment; has “any-day admissions” and offers courses ranging from two days to three months with fees from Rs.25 to Rs.1,200. Founded in December 2006, it encourages and empowers rural women by offering courses to help them run independent enterprises as vendors, screen printers, photo-laminators, efficient goat de-wormers, bag-makers and computer operators.
Thus, an unlettered vegetable hawker like Aruna Gaikwad now uses a cellphone to source supplies from the wholesale market at Karad 100 km away to make profits at the weekly market in Vaduj. Vanita Pise is yet another example who has set up a successful milk vending business with the help of B-school. She uses paper cup making machines for her operation and earns about Rs.10000 per month. (In 2006, Pise received the CII Bharti Woman Exemplar Award by PM Manmohan Singh).
Since December 2006, nearly 40000 women have taken courses here to launch micro-business like selling cell phone recharge coupons, increasing fat content in milk from mulch cattle or selling pav bhaji and Chinese food. Women have also harnessed mobiles to manage—and in some cases, expand—their client base, grow their businesses, and earn higher revenues. The ability to use mobile phones has also reduced women’s need to travel, thus saving them considerable time in managing their businesses and reconciling their work, personal, and family commitments. As they oversee growing enterprises, many Mann Deshi clients experience increased self-confidence and a greater sense of empowerment.
Also Mann Deshi provides personality development courses and implements bicycle program to young girls so that they can continue their higher education.
Reached out +100,000 rural women (saving account holders)
Graduated + 39000 women through B-school and out of those 23,400 women have become successful business woman and 80% took loan from Mann Deshi Bank.
More than 5000 women have been able to get the share in the household property
Launched the E-Card system, a more efficient, and accessible and secure means to deposit and withdraw money and view transaction history of Mann Deshi client
And all this will not be possible without the support of our partners like Global Giving.
Global Giving is simple and easy to use. It offers us an effective platform to promote the awareness of our organization, the programs we implement and the children we serve. Our organization has used Global Giving for about 1 year. The results achieved in the building awareness and raising funds is something that we, if asked to do it ourselves, could not have done.
For someone like me with no experience in the field of non govt or non profit organizations this relationship is what has made all the difference so far. I cannot thank the globalgiving team enough for all the help they have given me t ill now. Founder/director/Project Leader/ Autism for help Village Project Trust.
Global Giving appears to be doing all they can given the situation. As a former resident of Japan with many Japanese friends scared and suffering through these catastrophic events the very least we can do is to keep supporting this relief effort. Please give what you can. An entire nation is depending on the generosity of the US and other countries peoples to come to their aid. With our assistance they will get through this catastrophy and rebuild their magnificent country as only the Japanese can. I especially like the fact that one can use PayPal without giving yet another organization your personal information.
I successfully uploaded details of my organization. I found complete handling of the uploading process very efficient and professionals. Through consistent efforts of my colleagues, the organization received a contribution of US $ 25,000 through Global Giving. It also stood first in the completion and got listed for one year. Thanks Global Giving.
We're a tiny organization with very little infrastructure, administrative support or advanced technical expertise. This poses real challenges for fundraising. Global Giving allows us to function on a much higher level in all of these areas and gives us access to a pool of donors that would otherwise be entirely unknown and unavailable to us. It also greatly improves our ability to communicate with our donors.
Global Giving allows donors to search for organizations, causes, and geographic-specific projects, and donors feel more secure knowing that these non-profits are credible and are wisely stewarding the funds via project updates.
Global Giving has been a great resource to help communicate with our donors, and to help get out the message to potential donors around the world.
I am the program Director of Vijana Amani Pamoja formely CASLin Nairobi KenyaVAP uses soccer to address social issues among the youth and children..We started working with Global Giving in 2006. We have received more$ 3000 for our programs.This money has enabled us to reach out to more than 1000 youth and children in our HIV program through purchase of balls, and other program equipments trainings,office rent.,Infact our first computer and printer we bougt them using globalgiving funds ,Also through the girls program which we kicked off in 2008 through global giving funds we were able to buy a fridge to be used for selling sodas from our office.The proceeds is used directly to support the program in buying sanitary towels for the girls,training for the peer educators .Through the monthly disbursments we are able to sustain our program activities.We are and we will forever be grateful to Global Giving and donors, friends who donate through Global Giving.
Without the exposure Global Giving gives to international non-profit organizations we would not receive so many U.S. contributions, because the donations wouldn't be tax deductible.
Because of them the La Reserva Forest Foundation has been able to implement many forest restoration and preservation projects in less than two years on their site.
Thank you to everyone at Global Giving, a million times, for the opportunity you give to small grassroots organization. Keep up the awesome work!
We are located very far from a big city and are pretty isolated. When we registered with Global Giving, we thought it would be one of these online platforms who wait we do the work to get their commission from donations to us through their website. We were very surprised after the first few months to get individual and personal contacts from Global Giving staff and were not used to get so much consideration and attention.
The second surprise was when we got their advices and training for free, and not only once a year but almost every week. At the beginning we sort of ignored them and slowly (thanks to their incentive) we got into it. It now feels that we can't run our non profit company without their help.
Any problem we encounter we know we can ask Global Giving for their advices. The interesting part is that we don't have to leave our office to go to expensive trainings. It can all be done by internet from our project site and save us a lot of time and money. They also know how to adapt to our level of knowledge and competence in term of helping us to be confident with technology we might not be used to use.
Global Giving has always made themselves available for any questions. They always come back to us or put us in contact with somebody who will be able to answer our specific questions. Their staff are friendly and very patient accordingly to the challenge we face. They are a strong team and we wouldn't like to disappoint them. We understand they take a commission on donations but at least we get our money back by benefiting from their exceptional skills and availability.
Thank you to Global Giving for being such a precious partner and for having us on board.
Global Giving is a fantastic online giving organization. They are efficient, responsive, and diligent. We were accepted as a project partner and entered into the Global Challenge. Though it was difficult for us we reached the goal and became a full partner. Since then Global Giving has introduced our projects to donors we would never have had the opportunity to meet. Giving through the site has been steady. We have three projects posted presently and expect to post two more. They offer a great deal of help on many subjects. They were the highlight of our 2010 year! I look forward to working with them for many more years.
It’s hard to get a job in my country if you have more than 40 year. That was my case. I let a good job thinking that I have still the opportunity to get a better one, but after a year nothing happened. Suddenly I received a call from the person who got my old job; she needs someone to assume the direction of a Down syndrome Foundation. I really didn’t know anything about Down Syndrome but I took that as a personal challenge. The fist action as a director was to make call though news paper in order to know how many persons with Down syndrome we had in our community. At the end of the journey, I was in shock, 250 babies, children and young with Down Syndrome and a 90% of them from the poorest zone of the city, without medical attention or education, that was really sad, talking with their parents I realize how much help they need.
That day my challenge really began. I learn tons about Down syndrome, and became every day closer to them through the meeting we organize to give parents information. With a few resources we began our program to give therapeutic stimulation to babies and looking at this faces I could understand that they only need an opportunity.
But the oldest person with Down Syndrome came to ask, what do we have for them? They were always at home just watching TV, just surviving because no school or academy want to receive them, and thinking that this was not fair, I began an art program, with 4 persons with DS. Other Parents told me they didn’t send their soons to the course because they can learn nothing, and that broke my heart, if your own parents don’t believe in you who will?
It took me one year working almost along to organize the foundation. I was the secretary, the psychology, the messenger, the recreation woman and of course the director, then when everything was in place I have to let the director position but I took with me hundred of innocent smiles and graceful words. Now I work as a full time volunteer.
That experience change my life , now I know that Down Syndrome people could be better than “normal” people, that they deserve respect and opportunities and I learn that when we denied them inclusion we are the losers.
How much that people inspire to me that I decide to write this story with a very low English level.
Leadership Initiatives became part of GlobalGiving (which is a a non-profit that connects donors with grassroots projects around the world through their website http://www.globalgiving.org) around a year ago.
During that time, GlobalGiving has helped introduce Leadership Initiatives to people from around the entire world generating hundreds of new donors through their contests, introduced us to new potential sponsors and corporate donors and done everything within their power to help us succeed.
Their staff is incredibly dedicated to improving their quality of service, is never afraid to say they made a mistake and to then rectify it and are devoted to the goals of the organization.
I have been to their offices several times and they do their absolute best to visit the groups they sponsor, work to make sure each organization gets the attention they deserve and are worthy of the GlobalGiving sponsorship.
Working around the world over the past 10 years from teaching in China to Parliament in South Africa, rarely have I come across an organization as open, as interested in the people they are trying to help and as open minded and goal oriented to achieving its mission statement as Global Giving and give it my highest recommendation.
Global Giving has been such an incredible asset to the "Canines With a Cause Foundation" and our work in training shelter dogs to work as companions and psychiatric service dogs. Not only has our organization raised over $25,000, matched by a generous donor, our presence on the website has given us invaluable exposure creating many worthwhile relationships.
We are ready to increase our goal to $50,000, I am quite sure we will have no problem achieving this goal with the help of this wonderful foundation and its extremely helpful team. Thank you Global Giving!
My experiences with GlobalGiving have left me with nothing but admiration and respect for the organization. CEO Dennis Whittle and his team at GlobalGiving represent the future of NGOs; they are on the cutting edge of a better approach to development. I highly recommend GlobalGiving to potential partners and donors alike.
I purchased a gift card as a present. The delivery was prompt, and the recipient loved the gift. Global Giving lets the gift card holder choose from thousands of grassroots projects all around the world to donate to. It was a great gift that I will surely give again.