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Effectiveness Tools on GlobalGiving

Posted by Alexis Nadin on November 3rd, 2014

diy toolkitIn September, GlobalGiving announced some exciting improvements to GlobalGiving’s Effectiveness Dashboard, which was launched in early 2014. We began to offer points for taking advantage of other learning tools that are available on the web—including Nesta’s DIY Toolkit and Feedback Store.  Last month, we hosted a webinar in collaboration with our friends at Nesta to introduce the changes to the Effectiveness Dashboard.

Listen to the full recording of the webinar here and check out the summary below.

GlobalGiving is not just committed to providing fundraising tools for our partners, but in supporting a robust exchange of money, information, and ideas. In 2002, we took the first step by creating the GG funding platform, and in 2010, we began exploring how to fulfill the goals of information and ideas exchange. We added feedback tools such as the Storytelling Tool and new trainings for project leaders, and we received really positive feedback from you, our partners! We found that these tools were really useful in helping our partners increase their online funding capabilities.

So, we wondered if we could provide access to a similar set of tools for feedback to help partners not only increase fundraising capabilities but also effectiveness, and therefore impact. We think of this effectiveness as emerging from cycles of Listen, Act, and Learn:

  1. Listen to the community you serve, what’s working for others, and the best research out there
  2. Act: trying something new, see what happens, and measuring results
  3. Learn: what works, what fails, and what to do differently

Effectiveness Dashboard

We released the beta version of the Effectiveness Dashboard in April 2014, and after getting lots of feedback from the Leadership Council, surveys of PLs, and one-on-one meetings, we released the Effectiveness Dashboard 2.0 in July 2014. Some specific changes we made based on your feedback include:

  • Thank you notes- recurring donors counted only once
    • Overall % thanked and how quickly donors are thanked
  • New ways to get points
    • Creating and entering video and photo contests
    • Applying to be GG Ambassador
  • Movement between categories
    • Demonstrated learning (ex. Listen points for listening to webinar)
  • External Tools!
    • Example: Nesta DIY Toolkit
    • Feedback Store- access to 200 tools that provide advice and resources for collecting feedback, analyzing data, and returning info back to the community
    • Charting Impact: series of 5 questions developed by Independent Sector that takes organizations through a thought process to better understand why and how you are doing your work

Nesta DIY Toolkit

One of our new external tools that you can get points for using is the Nesta DIY Toolkit.  Theo Keane joined the webinar to tell us more about how to best use the toolkit to amplify innovative thinking in your organization. Developed in partnership with the Rockefeller foundation, the Development, Impact, and You Practical Toolkit contains tools to trigger and support social innovation. Nesta realizes that social sector problems are complex, and that effective organizations need to be agile and adaptable in their thinking, in order to be most innovative. This results in a greater capacity to solve problems more effectively and generate innovations that improve lives of communities.

The DIY toolkit is therefore collection of best and most practical social innovation tools out there.  In curating the toolkit, the creators asked themselves the following questions of the potential tools:

  • Is it practical?
  • Would you use it?
  • Is it easy to use?
  • Is there evidence of impact?

The result is a suite of 30 tools, each with an explanation, case study, and worksheet that can be used by your organization to tackle a variety of innovation, design, and business challenges. The online toolkit has gotten nearly 250,000 visits from 85 countries since its launch in March 2014, and the tools have been downloaded more than 70,000 times.

Some important features of the toolkit include:

  • Tools can be found based on user need statements (i.e. “I want to collect inputs from others”)
  • Practical worksheets to easily understand what to do with a tool and put it into action, so that better results can be delivered more quickly
  • Share, rate, and feedback of each tool (online)
    • Build a community of practice
    • Learn from people actually using the tools
    • Downloadable PDF, with different sizes, which are conducive to individual and/or collaborative working
  • Case studies from innovators in the field, generated during user testing
  • How to’s for each tool: diagrams, video tutorials, case studies

Effectiveness Dashboard and the DIY Toolkit:

You can earn points on GG Effectiveness Dashboard for using different tools from the Nesa DIY Toolkit. The steps are below!

  1. Log onto the Effectiveness Dashboard
  2. Check the “How to improve your score” box on the right side of the screen
  3. Click the DIY Toolkit link (and all of the external tools!)
  4. Once you use a tool, click the “Earn Points” link
  5. You can get Listen, Act, and Learn points for each tool used:
    1. Listen: 1 pt for telling which tool you used- simply enter the URL of the tool from the DIY Toolkit
    2. Act: 5 points for uploading a file of the worksheet (scan, PDF, smartphone pic), and the content is not factored into the points
    3. Learn: 5 points for telling what you learned!

It is probably easiest to submit all that you plan to do at once, but not necessary. Right now, ED points don’t count on GG. Rather, they should be used to help you see how you are doing compared to other organizations, and discover what tools are most useful for you. These points will start to count toward your overall rating in early 2015- don’t worry, we notify you with plenty of lead time.

We’re still collecting feedback! Please send a message with your thoughts and questions to: or for feedback on the DIY Toolkit.


  • Is a higher or lower score on dashboard better?
    • Higher- you want to earn as many points as possible! More points demonstrates greater interaction in LAL
  • What if we do some of these activities, but not through DIY?
    • Unfortunately, right now we can only give points trough this system. On our side, if you have filled out worksheets (such as a SWAT analysis), you can submit copies of those, as long as it is the same tool. For other tools/business docs, please email us. You could think about adapting what you already have to the DIY templates.
  • Three most popular tools?
    • Fast Idea Generator
    • Innovation Flowchart
    • Business Model Canvas
    • Theory of Change
    • Blueprint, Personas tools
  • Are the templates adaptable to orgs working in different areas?
    • Yes! We conceived of tools to support specific project tasks, no matter the sector. Problem solving and innovation applied to a variety of traditionally accepted tasks.
    • Please remake and reuse as is useful! Please share them with us ( if you do, so we can learn too.

Press Release: GlobalGiving to Hold Its First Summit on Social Media & Online Giving

Posted by Alexis Nadin on June 11th, 2014

GlobalGiving, the organization behind charitable giving websites and, will hold its Summit on Social Media & Online Giving on July 1-2, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The Summit is produced in partnership with Social Media for Nonprofits, the premiere global event series on social media for social good.

The first-ever, two-day in-person event from GlobalGiving will bring together representatives from global technology services and leading South Asian NGOs to share insights, trends, and best practices for effectively engaging supporters and donors online. Fundraisers, executive directors, program managers, and communications staff from more than 100 organizations are expected to attend.

Confirmed speakers at the 2104 Summit on Social Media & Online Giving include:

See the complete agenda here.

India’s NGO community plays a large and active role in social change in India and around the world. More than 120 Indian organizations are actively fundraising on the website and more and more organizations are joining GlobalGiving every year. The 2014 Summit on Social Media & Online Giving is an opportunity to provide hands-on training to GlobalGiving’s existing partners and to introduce online tools like GlobalGiving to organizations that are interested in the fundraising platform. GlobalGiving is excited to host its first event of this kind in New Delhi.

“India’s NGO community already has the passion, creativity and people to tackle the extraordinary needs of its local communities,” said GlobalGiving’s Chief Program Officer John Hecklinger. “With this Summit we’re bringing some of the best online tools and smartest practices into the mix.”

Since it was founded in 2002, GlobalGiving has enabled more than 4,000 nonprofit organizations to access technology, training, and visibility to raise funds for more than 9,000 projects in 144 countries. In January, the Washington, DC-based organization announced it had reached $100 million in total donations providing through its platform.

The event will take place at Habitat World at the India Habitat Centre. Staff from GlobalGiving partner NGOs and other nonprofit organizations are encouraged to attend. Regular registration is Rs. 4,500 with discounts provided to organizations that are members of GlobalGiving.

The 2014 Summit on Social Media & Online Giving is generously sponsored by Ford Motor Company Fund.

For more information about the 2014 Summit on Social Media & Online Giving, visit:


About GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving is a registered nonprofit organization with the mission of catalyzing a global market for ideas, information, and money that democratizes aid and philanthropy. Its online fundraising platform,, is creating new possibilities for everyday philanthropists, effective nonprofits, and innovative companies around the world. For more information about GlobalGiving, visit:

About Social Media for Nonprofits

Social Media for Nonprofits is a nonprofit committed to providing nonprofits quality and accessible education on leveraging the power of social media for social good. We are the only series in the world dedicated to Social Media for Social Change. We provide capacity building training to nonprofits in this area with programs focused on fundraising, awareness, and advocacy.


Online Fundraising Academy: Corporate Outreach and Relationship Building

Posted by Alexis Nadin on April 17th, 2014

ingridThis Tuesday, Ingrid Embree, GlobalGiving’s Director of Strategic Partnerships joined us for the seventh session of the Online Fundraising Academy to discuss how she identifies and builds relationships with prospective corporate partners. Ingrid has helped more than 60 different companies achieve their philanthropic objectives with GlobalGiving. She has a history of helping organizations meet their operational objectives, develop fundraising capacity, and achieve legislative victories. Check out the session summary below!

Session recording:

Session notes:

Tips on how to get recommended to corporate partners on GG

  • The higher you partner reward status, the better – GG recommends Superstars to corporate partners first
  • Make sure you have a compelling project – have appropriate title and themes

Corporate Giving Trends – Good news!

  • 86% of U.S. companies plan to maintain or increase their international giving budget in the next fiscal year.
  • Local communities’ needs were the most influential factor for giving.
  • Younger workers prefer companies that engage in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and are pushing companies to change their traditional giving
  • 90% of people expect companies to support social or environmental issues.
  • CEOs are getting more involved in community involvement

Social-ResponsibilityCorporate Giving – What’s Important?

  • Corporations make investments when they intersect with the community, employees and company – the more categories your organization fits into, the better
  • You are the barometer of community needs – corporations like that they can hear what’s going on in your community
  • You are the subject matter expert – they want to hear the details, updates

Use trust indicators – this is a high trust relationship, so use as many trust indicators you have to prove you can be trusted

  • GlobalGiving – rigorous vetting process
  • Charity Navigator, Great Nonprofits, BBB Accredited Charity
  • Memberships, endorsements – anything that shows you’re legitimate
  • Memberships to professional associations
  • Local registered organizations that recognize your work
  • Quotes from donors, beneficiaries

“Development” is a lot like sales. It just takes longer, but you can use some of the same tools.

1. Research – target your list of people to reach out to

  • Wikipedia search “list of companies in [city]” – look at companies based there, have a strong presence; then expand search to the metropolitan, county, state, and country level
  • Google search “Company Name + Community Affairs” “+ CSR” “+ Philanthropy” “+ Giving” “+ Citizenship” etc. – get as much information about what they do, what they fund, who are the decision makers
  • Google News search their general financials – How is their stock? Any big layoffs? It’s a good time to reach out if their reputation took a hit
  • Search LinkedIn to see if your board, major donors, similar nonprofits, former classmates, etc. might know anyone at the company


Announcing GlobalGivingTIME–connect with online volunteers!

Posted by Alexis Nadin on July 3rd, 2012 is excited to introduce GlobalGivingTIME, an online volunteering tool that gives you quick, easy and entirely cost-free access to a pool of enthusiastic and skilled online volunteers for advice and support. For the past year, GlobalGivingTIME has been available to organizations through GlobalGiving UK. We are happy to announce that GlobalGivingTIME is now available to all organizations on!

What is GlobalGivingTIME?

GlobalGivingTIME is an online platform where GlobalGiving partner organizations can post small, short-term volunteer tasks (called microvolunteer opportunities) that can be accomplished completely online in less than 2 weeks.

GlobalGivingTIME is powered by Sparked, an American organization that facilitates online volunteering. Sparked is used by individuals and corporations to identify easy-to-do online volunteer opportunities. It is a great tool to connect with skilled, short term volunteers.

What can I get help with?

Graphic design, translations, HR, Marketing. The sky is the limit! You can get help with just about anything! Previous project leaders have received help creating new logos, ‘thank you’ notes, reviewing mission statements and newsletters as well as translating documents. GlobalGivingTIME volunteers are happy to use their experience and expertise to help you if you’re struggling with a task.

Who are these volunteers?

GlobalGivingTIME is used by professionals all over the world, and across all manner of fields.

One of GlobalGiving UK’s key corporate partners, Aegis Media, is running a campaign during the 2012 Olympics on GlobalGivingTIME to encourage their employees (17,000 worldwide!) to share their knowledge, skills and expertise to help you with your most pressing tasks.

How does it work?

Step 1. Start by clicking here or go to on your browser.

Step 2. Click on ‘Apply to join here’ below ‘GlobalGiving partners’.

Step 3. Tell us what your cause is and click the blue arrow on the bottom of the screen to contine!

Step 4. You’ll then be asked about your needs. Click on the blue arrow to continue once you’ve filled those in. Don’t worry: your tasks don’t always have to be limited to your top 3 needs!

Step 5: Fill in your organization’s details and start posting ‘challenges’ for the volunteers!

GlobalGivingTIME Olympic Challenge

During the London 2012 Olympic games, GlobalGiving and Aegis Media will be hosting the GlobalGivingTIME Olympic Challenge. Aegis employees from all over the world (17,000 in total!) will be answering challenges on GlobalGivingTIME every day as part of a special company-wide promotion. What’s more, employees will also be making financial donations to some of the NGOs they work with.

Want to learn more about the GlobalGivingTIME and the Olympic Challenge?

Introductory Webinars

GlobalGiving UK is hosting webinars on Monday, July 9th and Wednesaday, July 11th to help you post exciting and engaging challenges on GlobalGivingTIME and to learn more about Aegis Media’s Olympic Challenge.

Click here to register for Webinar 1: Monday 9th July, 12 pm EDT (This time in your city)

Click here to register for Webinar 2: Wednesday 11th July, 4 am EDT(This time in your city)

The Inside Scoop: Dell’s International Strategic Giving

Posted by Alexis Nadin on July 1st, 2012

This June, GlobalGiving is hosting a three-part webinar series on corporate giving. On Thursday June 27th we were excited to have Deb Bauer, the Director of Dell’s Corporate Giving host the final webinar in the series, The Inside Scoop: Dell’s International Strategic Giving. Deb spoke about Dell’s strategic giving, community engagement and how to foster a good corporate partnership. If you missed Deb’s webinar or would like a re-cap you can find some highlights below as well as a link to her slideshow and discussion:

Listen to Deb’s presentation and view the slides here.

Background on Dell’s Giving

Dell began giving locally, wanting to represent where the company was working and where Dell customers are.  As Dell began growing globally, so did their span of giving. Dell now works and gives around the world. When deciding what types of projects should be their focus Dell examined themselves as a company and decided to stick to their roots, focusing on young people, the under-served and education initiatives. Dell looks to partner with projects utilizing technology to better their communities. Dell is a 1% company, meaning they give 1% of their annual pre-tax profits.

How Dell Gives

  • Business-led donations
  • Matched employee giving
  • Strategic programs

Types of Projects Dell Works with

  • Youth leadership
  • Social innovation
  • Pediatric cancer
  • Disaster relief

How Dell Identifies Project Partnerships

  • Through employee engagement and referral
  • Reaching out to GlobalGiving to learn about possible project partnerships
  • Call for proposals (only for US organizations)

What Makes an Organization Ready to Work with Dell?

  • Open to employee engagement
  • A respectable track record
  • An innovative idea
  • The ability to make a measurable impact
  • Open to building a transparent relationship

Helpful Resources

As our corporate giving webinar series comes to an end we wanted to touch on two re-occurring themes all three of our presenters spoke about:

  • Volunteer relationship are invaluable; if you are interested in partnering with a company get employees involved through volunteer activities. Think about tailoring your volunteer activities to employee expertise. For example, Dell looks for volunteer opportunities that are technology based. Employee volunteers can help to advocate for your organization within the company.
  • Having a good track record is important. Companies like to work with organizations that have a strong track record within the community and among partner organizations and rigorous financial and organizational documentation. Reflect on your organization’s impact record and how the community you serve views your work.

Thank you to all who attended and participated in the Corporate Giving Webinar Series!

The WASH Sustainability Charter: Collaborating for Best Practices

Posted by Alexis Nadin on May 9th, 2012

On Thursday, April 26th, GlobalGiving hosted Brian Banks, the Director of Sustainability for Global Water Challenge (GWC) for a discussion about the WASH Sustainability Charter. The Charter is a document that has been endorsed by nearly 100 organizations in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector as a set of guiding principles for sustainable programs. Brian discussed the steps the GWC took to create the Sustainability Charter and win signatures, the successes of the charter, and what lessons the development community can learn from this experience.

View the presentation slides here. Listen to the training recording here.

Training Summary

Globally, nearly 1 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water and more than 2.5 billion do not have access to a toilet. While much progress had been made meeting these critical global needs, ensuring that projects last long-term has been challenging:

  • Approximately 30% of all hand-pumps installed in Sub-Saharan Africa have failed prematurely.
  • Over the last 20 years, over 180,000 hand pumps installed in Sub-Saharan Africa have failed  pre­maturely, representing a total failed investment of between $1.2 and $1.5 billion
  • If every hand pump installed in Africa in the past 20 years still worked, nearly 70 million more people would have access to water.
  • Less than 5% of projects are visited after project completion, and far less than 1% have any longer-term monitoring.

WASH Sector

The WASH sector is made up of a broad range of organizations including donors such as the Hilton Foundation, implementers like CARE and WATERAid, and local NGOs like CREPA, Nepal Water for Health, and Kenya’s Water Services Trust Fund, among other stakeholders.

Water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services are critical to achieve success in international development. Sustainable WASH projects lay the groundwork for improvements in economic development, education, environmental conservation, human health, nutrition, international security and women’s empowerment.

What is the GWC?

Coalition of corporations, NGOs and other stakeholders committed to achieving universal access to WASH.

What is sustainability?

Lasting service provision; ensuring the long-term return on investment for a WASH project.

Developing the Charter

The development of this Charter was initiated at a series of WASH Sustainability Forums hosted in Washington, DC. The first event was hosted in January 2011 and consisted of 50 different WASH stakeholders and 90 individual participants. The purpose was to bring donors and implementers into the sustainability conversation, identify best practices of sustainability, and build consensus around key elements of sustainability and establish charter of principles.

From the collaborative work at these events, a draft Charter was created. Following several rounds of wide public feedback, the final document has now been launched. To date, close to 100 organizations have endorsed the Charter.

The final document is:

  • Open source. It is developed by the sector, for the sector. Rather than one organization, over 100 organizations have contributed to the document.
  • Brought to life by endorsers. It is endorsers that put the Charter into practice that transform this charter from a document into a powerful force for changing the way we, as a sector, do business. The Charter is an aspirational document, not a governing one.  It will not be directly monitored or enforced. However, it is intended that WASH stakeholders will encourage and assist each other in applying the Charter’s principles, and ultimately, in improving the sustainability of WASH services around the world.
  • A value-add for all. The Charter was developed to be applicable wherever you are on the sustainability spectrum. Also, it has been developed to apply whether you focus on water, sanitation, or hygiene education.
  • Agreed upon best practices. The principles in the Charter carry authority, as they represent the combined learnings and experience of the sector as a whole.
  • Strengthened by broad endorsement. The universality of the document advances its role as a common platform for progress. The fact that it has over 150 endorsements cements its value as a valuable common language and universal framework.

The Charter is made up of 16 principles among 5 areas:

  1. Strategy and Planning
  2. Governance and Accountability
  3. Service Delivery Support
  4. Financial Management
  5. Reporting and Knowledge Sharing

Read the complete Charter here.

From a Document to a Movement

As a result of the Charter, the sector has come together to support other sustainability initiatives including the WASH Sustainability Webinar Series, a sector-wide survey, and more. Learn more here.

Lessons for Other Sectors

In creating the Charter, the WASH community looked to other sectors for ideas and resources. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Use these tips to develop your own sector-wide best practices:

  • Start talking with your peers to “build buzz”
  • Don’t worry about the details
  • Start small, both in size and scope
  • Find the specific need to address
  • Engage peers throughout the process

Have additional questions? Feel free to contact Brian Banks at the Global Water Challenge at

Free Web Design for GlobalGiving Partners

Posted by Alexis Nadin on March 6th, 2012

GlobalGiving is excited to announce a new partnership with visual arts classes at Kennesaw State University. Students in participating classes will design up to four websites for GlobalGiving’s current partners at the end of 2012. 

This will be the third year that students from Kennesaw State have built websites for non-profits around the world. Take a look at some websites that have been designed by students in the past:

GlobalGiving is working closely with Professor Lin Hightower to identify up to four organizations that are partners in good standing with GlobalGiving and have a genuine need for redesigning their website.

Eligible organizations will have:

  • Active project(s) on, up-to-date due diligence, and quarterly project reports;
  • A reasonable need for website design (e.g. no current website, out-dated or ineffective website, new organization branding, etc.);
  • The ability to commit to at least one skype call with student designers and regular email communication; and
  • A comprehensive plan for a new website.

Qualified organizations will be invited to submit a lengthy application form including detailed content for the website, high resolution photos, staff and contact information, domain names, and more. Take a look at the application to get a sense for what information is required.

Of the organizations that apply, four will be selected to work closely with a small team of student editors to build or redesign a website for the organization during the months of September, October, November, and December. This design process will take place during the students’ fall 2012 semester. This is a graded assignment for the students. Web sites may not be finalized until spring 2013.

Interested? Complete this simple expression of interest form by Friday, March 23rd. Qualified organizations will be invited to submit a complete application form by Friday, April 20th.

A special thanks to Professors Lin Hightower, Carole Maugé-Lewis, and Kristine Hwang for working with their students to offer this fantastic opportunity to our non-profit partners!

WANTED: The World’s Most Unreasonable Entrepreneurs

Posted by Alexis Nadin on October 14th, 2011

GlobalGiving’s long-time friend, the Unreasonable Institute is accepting applications for its 2012 Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, CO. See below to learn more about the Institute and to read a success story from Maria Springer, a GlobalGiving project leader whose organization, LivelyHoods, is growing and thriving thanks in part to her time at the Institute!

About the Unreasonable Institute

Convinced you have the entrepreneurial mettle to improve the lives of millions of people around the world? Accelerate your venture with mentorship from 50 seasoned entrepreneurs and practitioners, ranging from a Time Magazine Hero of the Planet, to the CTO of HP, to an entrepreneur who’s lifted over 19 million farmers out of poverty. In the process, form relationships with 20 impact funds, like Acumen Fund, Good Capital, and First Light Ventures and pitch to hundreds of prospective partners and funders. Do it all while living under the same roof in Boulder, Colorado for 6 weeks with 25 entrepreneurs dedicated to defining progress in our time! Apply by November 10, 2011 to attend the 2012 Unreasonable Institute!

– Watch the Unreasonable Trailer to see what its all about!
– See an overview of the 2012 Unreasonable Institute!

Success story from GlobalGiving project leader, Maria Springer (more…)

Community Feedback: How To Get it, How To Use it

Posted by Alexis Nadin on July 1st, 2011

Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits and Marc Maxson, who manages GlobalGiving’s storytelling project in East Africa, teamed up to host a training on Community Feedback this week. Listen to the recording and check out a summary below!

“Customer Reviews” are a valuable source of credibility for companies. Amazon, Yelp, and ZAGAT use this feature to attract new customers. The company gains trusting customers without lifting a finger and past customers have a place to share stories about their experiences.

65% of online shoppers read reviews before making a decision. GreatNonprofits harnesses this new trend by allowing volunteers, donors, beneficiaries, and other stakeholders to review nonprofit organizations. These reviews, just like reviews for online stores, gives donors insight into what other stakeholders’ experiences have been like, thus giving the organization credibility. (more…)

Empower Your Supporters to Share Their Story & Raise More Money

Posted by Alexis Nadin on May 12th, 2011

Guest post by Emma Bundy, Director of Marketing for GreatNonprofits

Your volunteers, donors and supporters are your best advocates. Are you harnessing the power of their stories? When people volunteer with or donate to your nonprofit they’re hoping to make the biggest impact possible.  By encouraging your constituents to take just a few minutes to write a review of your organization you can help your supporters increase their impact while also raising your visibility to donors!

GlobalGiving has partnered with GreatNonprofits to display reviews of nonprofits alongside your projects on GlobalGiving. Reviews are vivid, personal accounts that can help donors learn more about your organization and make informed giving decisions. According to a Nielsen Global Online Consumer Survey consumer reviews now influence 60% of online buying decisions. (more…)