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Groundwork Opportunities

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Relief

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.

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Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

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.


Rating: 5

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.

Jordan B.


Rating: 5

Groundwork Opportunities has been an incredible organization to be a tiny part of. First, I've been inspired personally by the bravery of the GO team, who gave up lucrative careers in order to help people in need. Not only that, but they help people by empowering them to achieve THEIR ideas. This is so powerful and really focuses the work around the people in need. And through GO I've had the chance to meet some of these people and I've been touched by their stories. GO has inspired me, not only to be a more giving person, but to follow MY dreams. That's the power of GO and I'm forever grateful.

Claudia K.


Rating: 5

I first learned about Groundwork Opportunities about 2 years ago when a friend invited me to an event. Since then I started going to the fundraising events whenever I could, and gradually became more involved with the organization. GroundWork Opportunities is unique in the world of non-profits - not only do 100% of personal donations go directly to the cause (and to that specific cause), but the organization's easy, and beautifully designed website make the experience of giving and sharing that experience easy and accessible to a growing number of people. Best of all, every project is scoped with sustainability in mind so that the communities one helps can continue to help themselves. The impact that GroundWork Opportunities is making is sure to grow exponentially.