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GlobalGiving + GDPR – What Does It Mean for You?

GlobalGiving + GDPR – What Does It Mean for You?

Beginning on May 25th, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect. This new European Union regulation applies to any organization that processes and handles data about EU citizens, even if the organization is based outside of the EU. This means that if you have donors in the EU or your website has visitors from the EU, then you should be aware of this important regulation.

Kevin Conroy, GlobalGiving’s Chief Product Officer, shared tips in this article about how your organization can prepare for this change, but we would also like to share how we are updating our systems to align with this new regulation and what changes you may see as a project leader on GlobalGiving.

What is GlobalGiving doing to prepare for GDPR?

GlobalGiving has updated our Privacy Policy and obtained EU-US Privacy Shield certification.

In addition, GlobalGiving will be launching a new “My Account” section of our website that not only reflects our more modern look-and-feel, but also has the necessary links to support individual rights under GDPR, such as the right to erasure (e.g. “Delete My Account”), the right to portability (e.g. “Download My Data”), and the right to object or restrict processing (e.g. “Edit My Preferences”). A full summary of our preparation efforts can be found on this page.

Growing our body of Safeguarding Resources

Growing our body of Safeguarding Resources

By nature of doing work in the social sector, we are all responsible for ensuring that our programs, services, and staff do not harm the people (and animals!) we’re created to help. In light of many recent news stories about NGOs and harm to staff and those they serve, we’ve taken the opportunity to revisit our own safeguarding policies and procedures, and we invite you to as well.

We hosted a Peer Learning Network call on March 21st, where we heard some great questions and insights from leaders throughout the social sector. We didn’t record the call (in order to keep the conversation confidential), but after the call we’ve compiled some helpful resources:

  1. What Topics Should A Solid Safeguarding Policy Address?
  2. CHECKLIST: Essential Safeguarding Steps To Protect Your Community
  3. Safeguarding: Reflexions Of A Global South Leader Amid #AidToo by Marie-Rose Romain Murphy, Founder of ESPWA, Inc.

In addition, we’ve created a Child Protection Self Audit cycle in GG Rewards. Take this online self-audit from Keeping Children Safe to determine whether your organisation is meeting the standards they’ve set out, and help you identify areas for improvement. You can earn a total of 12 effectiveness points after completing the Child Protection Self Audit cycle.

Thanks to each of our partners that have contributed to these resources, as we are all learning together. GlobalGiving is in the process of revising our own safeguarding policies and procedures, and we’ll share our journey in the coming months. In the meantime, we’ll continue to share resources on this important topic, and invite you to contribute as well.

What else do you need to improve safeguarding at your organization? Would you like to be connected one-on-one to a peer who can talk you through your organization’s challenges? Do you have experience on the topic of Safeguarding and would you like to offer your support to your peers?  Let us know! Please reach out to projecthelp@globalgiving.org and we’ll get you connected.

Celebrate Mother’s Day This Year With GlobalGiving!

Celebrate Mother’s Day This Year With GlobalGiving!

Mother, mum, mama, madre, mere, or ma. However you say her name, it’s time to appreciate her! Mother’s Day is just around the corner on Sunday, May 13th, so it’s time to celebrate motherhood and recognize all mother figures in our lives. This year GlobalGiving wants to applaud mothers around the world with you in our 2018 Mother’s Day Campaign!

Whether you work with moms or want to give a gift a gift in her honor, this two-week campaign is for everyone! The Mother’s Day Campaign is open to all active Partner, Leader, and Superstar organizations. It will run from May 1st until May 13th and will have $5,000 in bonus prizes. At the end of the campaign, the top 5 projects with the most funds raised and most unique donors will get a bonus prizes of $1,000, $800, $400, $200, $100 respectively.

Additionally, there will be a 100% match for all new monthly donations started during the campaign up to $200!

All eligible projects and microprojects automatically will be included on the leaderboardno opt-in required! While all projects will be in the campaign, we recommend picking one to promote throughout the campaign.

As always, please reach out to projecthelp@globalgiving.org  or call at 202.232.5784 if you have any questions!

Announcing Changes to the GlobalGiving Dashboard!

Announcing Changes to the GlobalGiving Dashboard!

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 everyone. With that in mind, we have heard your feedback regarding the Project Entry system and we are excited to announce that we have launched a new and improved dashboard!

What’s New?

We have changed the set-up of the old Project Entry system to be more of a complete summary of your GlobalGiving projects all in one place! You will be able to see recent activity for all your projects as well as a overall donor numbers and amounts raised. To help you explore this new tool, we have created this webinar as a introductory tour to your new dashboard!

For the next few weeks, we will keep a button at the top of your dashboard so you can switch back and forth between the new and old systems to give you time to transition. If you have any feedback or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out! We are happy to help!

New Trending Projects Feature on the Homepage

New Trending Projects Feature on the Homepage

Have you noticed anything different about our homepage? You can now see GlobalGiving’s brand new feature: Trending Projects!

How does it work?

Every night, GlobalGiving updates trending scores for all projects based on their donation activity  on GlobalGiving over the last rolling week. Projects with a large relative increase in their donations compared to their activity over the seven previous days will have the highest trending scores.

Each project’s trending score is calculated relative to its own recent donation activity alone.  This means a project going from one donation to 10 is more likely to be a top trending project than one that increases from 100 donations to 110 donations, even though they had the same raw increase in donors. This ensures that all projects are on a level playing field when it comes to calculating whether or not they’re trending. Scores are updated every night and will remain the same until they’re updated the following day.  

The projects with the top five trending scores will have a banner on their project pages, and the project with the topmost score will be shown on the homepage!  

The idea is similar to Twitter’s trending topics and is based on the idea that showing trends publicly can be a useful drive of charitable donations. Research has shown that people get excited to give when they see that others are also excited and already giving, so we hope this will be a great tool to use to mobilize your donors to help you get on the homepage as a trending project!  

What’s next?

Right now, the only information available about trending projects is the banner itself.  But, in the future, we will email you when your project is trending so you know when your project is on the homepage! We are also exploring ways to let you know when you are close to trending so that you’ll be able to get your donors to help push you over the edge!  As our tech team adds new updates to this, we will let you know! If you have feedback or comments about the feature or questions about how it works, please reach out! We are happy to help.