Get Ready for the 2016 Photo Contest!

Get Ready for the 2016 Photo Contest!

It’s that time of year again! GlobalGiving’s 7th Annual Photo Contest will be held this summer, so get ready to submit and vote for your favorite photos! We are excited to provide you the opportunity to engage your current supporters; spruce up your project pages with up-to-date, quality photos; and compete for exciting Bonus Prizes! So, how can you participate?

Step 1: Add your photos to project page(s) by June 24th

Any photo that you would like to submit to the 2016 Photo Contest, must be a photo that is already on your project page when you complete the submission form. Upload any new photos to your project page by Friday, June 24th, 23:59:59 EDT in order to have them approved by June 29th. Once the photos that you would like to submit to the 2016 Photo Contest have been approved by GlobalGiving, you can complete this submission form.

GG Rewards Bonus Day 2016

GG Rewards Bonus Day 2016

Are you ready to fundraise? Do you want to secure up to a 50% match on donations? Then, the GG Rewards Bonus Day is for you!

On June 15th, GlobalGiving.org will be holding a Bonus Day with $110,000 available in matching funds. There will also be two $1,000 Bonus Prizes that will be awarded to the projects with the highest number of donors and the most funds raised on Bonus Day. Depending on your organization’s GG Rewards Status, you will be eligible to receive a 30%, 40% or 50% match on online donations made between 9:00:01 EDT and 23:59:59 EDT on June 15th (time in your city).

GlobalGiving.co.uk will be running a simultaneous Bonus Day on June 15th! GlobalGiving.co.uk will have a separate leaderboard, separate matching funds, and separate Bonus Prizes. There will be £10,000 available in matching funds on  GlobalGiving.co.uk. Organizations that have raised at least £2,000 on Bonus Day will also be eligible to compete for two £650 Bonus Prizes awarded to the projects with the highest number of donors and the most funds raised on Bonus Day, respectively. Depending on your organization’s GG Rewards Status, you will be eligible to receive a 30%, 40% or 50% match on online donations made between 14:00:01 BST and 4:59:59 BST on June 16th (time in your city).

How a Village in India Taught their Local Government to Listen

How a Village in India Taught their Local Government to Listen

Sarathi Development Foundation is a recipient of our 2015 Feedback Fund. They recently shared these insights with us.

Jamalpur is a small village of 70 families in Uttar Pradesh, India. No one there has a toilet. This is the story of their year-long struggle to get more resources from the government. It is a good illustration of the power of persistence and the role that a NGO can play in facilitating feedback loops.

Their village was not invited to be part of the annual government planning process in 2015, and so they were offered anything they wanted. The women self-help group there worked with our trained volunteers on a community goal. In August of 2015 they decided to put toilets in every house and eliminate open defecation.

The women and our volunteers visited government authorities and put their request in writing. Why should they be denied assistance, just because their village was overlooked by the government planners?

Government authorities were impressed with their collective request. They assured them the government would do something.

One Year On: Learning from Feedback After the Earthquake in Nepal

One Year On: Learning from Feedback After the Earthquake in Nepal

Accountability Lab is a recipient of our 2015 Feedback Fund. Recently they shared these insights with us.

In April of 2015, twin earthquakes in Nepal killed over 8,000 people and displaced almost 3 million more. Accountability Lab and Local Interventions Group mobilized our youth networks into what we called Mobile Citizen Helpdesks. These helpdesks of 5 to 10 volunteers worked with communities across the 14 worst affected districts to gather immediate feedback from victims on the relief efforts, and close the loop on the disaster response.

CACE: When the people you serve start wanting something else

CACE: When the people you serve start wanting something else

Center for Amazon Community Ecology (CACE) is a recipient of our 2015 Feedback Fund. Recently they shared these insights with us.

Angelina family artisans 450 pxWe promote conservation and sustainable livelihoods by building stronger communities in the Peruvian Amazon. The Fund allowed us to ask local artisans we work with in the Ampiyacu about their economic realities and dreams. How does making more crafts help them achieve their goals?

In 2015, we sent Peruvian videographer Tulio Davila to talk with 18 artisans over two weeks. He asked about:

  • sources of family income
  • expenses
  • assets
  • education
  • personal and family goals
  • handicraft production

What we learned:

Income range, dependency

We have a better sense of the upper and lower range of income in the village and how important selling crafts is to many families. CACE appears to be the major craft buyer from some artisans but a minor one for others.

Our goals reflect their goals

We had assumed artisans wanted to sell more. We asked them to describe their goals for one year and five years and set personal craft production targets. They showed us how many more crafts our organizations would need to sell if artisans met their goals.