Announcing New Changes to the GlobalGiving Platform!

Announcing New Changes to the GlobalGiving Platform!

One of GlobalGiving’s core values is to Listen, Act, Learn. Repeat. This means continuously listening to the feedback you, our nonprofit partners, provide us and constantly trying new ways to provide a better experience for all our nonprofit partners on GlobalGiving. Therefore, we’re excited to announce that starting Thursday, October 12th, we will be launching new and improved search and browse features on our site!

Updating search and browse

GlobalGiving will be updating our entire search and browse system on the Give page in order to make it more reliable and intuitive for all users! To clarify, “searching” is when a user puts in keywords into the search bar and GlobalGiving results ordered by relevance to the search terms. ”Browsing” is when a user navigates the site without keywords. Instead they might look for for projects by theme and country; the results that come up are ordered by the ranking algorithm. Our team has gone through a very thorough process performing the necessary research, design, and testing to make sure this new interface is powerful, fast, and enjoyable!

In addition to changes in our search system, we are also updating the ranking algorithm! To remind everyone, the project rank is listed on your GlobalGiving dashboard, alongside your project information in the far right box.

This rank decides which order projects will appear in the search results. Projects with a higher ranking will appear above those with a lower ranking. In the past, this ranking was decided by an algorithm that was overly complicated and had several components duplicated in multiple sections of the calculations.

How will the ranking algorithm change?

In the past, your project was ranked based on a number of factors: your organization’s responsiveness to donors (through project reports and thank-you notes), the number of donors to a project, total dollars raised, and closeness to funding goal.

GlobalGiving spent years creating the GG Rewards system, and we believe it represents a simple yet powerful metric of an organization’s commitment to effectiveness and engagement in the community! Your GG Rewards score will now be the primary factor in determining your project’s browse ranking. This means organizations with a higher total GG Rewards score will have a higher ranking. Additionally, we will continue to provide a small boost in the ranking algorithm for microprojects.

GlobalGiving welcomes India to the #GivingTuesday family

GlobalGiving welcomes India to the #GivingTuesday family

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving, celebrated for 6 years now, in more than 98 countries, fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. #GivingTuesday connects diverse groups of individuals, communities and organizations around the world for one common purpose: to celebrate and encourage giving. GlobalGiving has been involved with #GivingTuesday since it’s inception. This year, for the very first time, India is launching its own #GivingTuesdayIndia on Tuesday, October 3rd 2017 – the Tuesday of #DaanUtsav.

What is #DaanUtsav? (translates to ‘Festival of Giving’)

Since 2009, India has been celebrating #DaanUtsav, its Joy of Giving week from Oct 2-8, starting with Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday. In 2016, for the very first time, GlobalGiving celebrated #DaanUtsav in collaboration with our Indian platform partner Impact Guru, and supported our Indian partners to celebrate their local week of giving. GlobalGiving is excited to cheer our Indian partners on as the country celebrates its very first #GivingTuesdayIndia. A number of organisations and individuals are joining the movement by signing up on the GivingTuesdayIndia portal, stating how they plan to give on October 3, you could do it too.

Isha Vidhya’s Participation in the Feedback Loop for GlobalGiving

Isha Vidhya’s Participation in the Feedback Loop for GlobalGiving

Isha Vidhya was a recipient of our Feedback Fund. Recently, they shared these insights with us.

Constantly improving the quality of education imparted and the infrastructure has always been one of our top priorities at Isha Vidhya. In order to assess the satisfaction of the students and parents on Isha Vidhya matriculation schools, Isha Vidhya participated in a feedback program called ‘Feedback Loop’ that’s offered by one of the world’s renowned fundraising platforms Globalgiving.

We employed a few college students on a part-time basis to interview 280 students and 20 parents spread across three (Villupuram, Dharmapuri, and Salem) of our schools. Data collected was entered into a database and results were analyzed.

Survey results and plans of action

Submit to the 2017 Fail Forward Contest!

Submit to the 2017 Fail Forward Contest!

By Sonja Knudson, Program Team Fellow 2017-2018

Innovation is impossible without failure.  If you look at very successful people, their careers began with failure. Before he founded Microsoft, Bill Gates’ first product was a complete disaster. In high school, Michael Jordan was denied from the varsity basketball team. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first job at a news station before her huge success as a television host. At GlobalGiving, we recognize the importance of failure. One of GlobalGiving’s core values is ‘Listen, Act, Learn, and Repeat– we try, fail productively, and continuously strive to learn from our experiences.

In our fourth annual Fail Forward Contest, we want to celebrate your failures! But not only that– we want you to share with your donors how your organization failed and then ‘Listened, Acted, Learned and Repeated’ in order to grow as an organization.

Enter the Fail Forward Contest by submitting your failure story today through October 27th, 2017 midnight EDT and your organization will be entered to win a cash bonus prize and promotion on our social media & blog! Sign up here and see submission details below.

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”
– Henry Ford

GlobalGiving’s Fees Drop To As Low As 5%!

GlobalGiving’s Fees Drop To As Low As 5%!

GlobalGiving is thrilled to announce that beginning on Sunday, October 1st, we’re reducing our fee on all retail donations processed on GlobalGiving.org. We’re dropping fees to as low as 5%, while still providing you the same high quality programs and services!

What Does this Mean for You?

  • If your organization is registered in the US or the UK, GlobalGiving will retain a 5% nonprofit support fee (+ 3% third party processing fee).
  • If your organization is registered outside the US or the UK, GlobalGiving will retain a 7% nonprofit support fee (+ 3% third party processing fee).

The new fee structure will apply to most online donations (credit and debit card, PayPal, and Apple Pay), checks, and wire transfers (see full details below). This new, reduced fee is permanent and will be good during all future current nonprofit partner campaigns!

How Did We Get Here?

Your feedback is important to us and over the years, we have heard, loud and clear, an interest in a reduced fee. Based on this, we spent the past year creating, and testing a new pricing model to ensure that you, our nonprofit partners, receive the same high-touch programs and services while also being able to better take advantage of fundraising on the GlobalGiving platform.

After a year’s worth of research, surveys, focus groups, and pilot testing, we are confident that this new model will both enable us to continue to grow our offerings while helping you to:

  • enhance your communications with your donors, board members, colleagues, and other key stakeholders;
  • conduct more of your fundraising on GlobalGiving; and, most importantly,
  • raise more funds to send directly to the programs that your organization runs thereby increasing your impact!