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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

GO is a truly groundbreaking and innovative organization that had managed to connect amazing leaders on the ground in developing communities with donors around the world. Very few nonprofits give donors the insight and transparency into how their efforts are helping bring people out of poverty globally.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.


Board Member

Rating: 4

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started with GO!, almost from the beginning. I had worked with one of the founders on my first job out of college and another was my roommate. In 4 short years, I have seen the organizationI a move from a cocktail napkin idea, to a lean mean, community empowering machine with 25 amazing projects in the pipeline. They do it all, with 100% of personal donations to cause and such a strong focus on educating communities and creating self sustaining businesses, education platforms and infrastructure. It is all about teaching and learning, providing a boost to get an idea off the ground. I love that all the ideas come straight from the communities they serve and I was thrilled to join the Board of Directors ths year. I am proud to work with an organization that can pair great ideas with financial resources and skilled project managers to translate urgent need into sustainable change.