GlobalGiving Community Posts

One GlobalGiving Website is almost here!

One GlobalGiving Website is almost here!

We’re sure you’ve heard, but just to remind you, beginning January 10th, 2017, we will be launching ONE website, simplifying the GlobalGiving experience for donors and nonprofits alike!

We listened to your feedback that it’s confusing to have different campaigns on two separate platforms (GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk), customer service run by two separate teams, and two different project pages for your donors to give (in USD or GBP). We are making a change that will benefit all organizations that are part of the entire GlobalGiving community!  

10 Tips for Accelerator Participants!

10 Tips for Accelerator Participants!

Creamos is a new partner of GlobalGiving having just finished the September Accelerator program. Creamos aims to improve women’s lives in Guatemala through various income-generating and welfare initiatives that foster self-esteem, physical health and financial independence. They raised the most money in the Accelerator campaign and they have shared the following insights with us. 

Here in Creamos we are a small team of five. Before the accelerator program, none of us had any experience in crowd funding. We had so many questions entering the campaign – Where do we start? How are we going to ask people for money? How are we going to balance the campaign with our actual work?

Thanks for Your Feedback!

Thanks for Your Feedback!

Here at GlobalGiving, we strive to Listen to, Act on and Learn from your feedback.  So we are very grateful for the 750+ responses we received for the Project Leader Quarterly Survey this May!  This survey has given us important insights into what you think of GlobalGiving and how we can better support the wonderful work that you do.

One of the questions we asked is what kind of improvements to the website would you like to see.  Thirty-three percent of you said creating project appeal templates to email donors outside of project reports is your top priority, while 20 percent of you would also like to be able to embed videos in project reports.  We hear you!  We will be working with our team to implement these features so you can better communicate with donors and show them the importance and impact of their support.

We also asked what training topics would be most beneficial for your organization.  Eighty-three percent selected “Reaching potential donors on GlobalGiving or on social media,” while over 50 percent of respondents would like trainings in managing donor relationships and communicating with existing donors.  It is clear that donor recruitment, management and retention are topics that you are interested in!  We will be sure to put together more trainings on donor relationships in the future.

Stronger Together: Growing the GlobalGiving Community

Stronger Together: Growing the GlobalGiving Community

You probably know that GlobalGiving is committed to listening to feedback from our nonprofit partners. Your feedback has helped us improve bonus days, guided our tech team on what fundraising tools to build, helped us design the GG Rewards program, and even influenced our website re-design. One thing that hasn’t changed is the way that nonprofits join GlobalGiving. Since 2008, new partners have had to succeed in an Open Challenge to become a permanent part of GlobalGiving’s community. This is about to change.

After every Open Challenge, we receive survey feedback from participants. Most participating organizations have a positive experience; they raise important funding for their program, improve their online fundraising abilities, and diversify their donor network. Nevertheless, we often receive feedback that the time restrictions created by the Open Challenge are too rigid to accommodate busy calendars. We also hear that some wonderful organizations aren’t able to qualify for permanent membership in the time allotted, even though they are doing great work in their community.

Announcing Leadership Council Members!

Announcing Leadership Council Members!

We are excited to announce the members of GlobalGiving’s first-ever Leadership Council, an advisory committee made up of representatives from our non-profit partners around the world. The Leadership Council will meet for the first time tomorrow, Thursday, May 10th !

Tyson Cecka – Tyson is the Executive Director of a community-oriented nonprofit parkour gym in Seattle, WA. He is new to the world of NPOs but very passionate about sharing parkour with the world as something that anyone can actually get into and benefit from rather than the crazy stunts you’ve likely seen in movies or on Youtube. He is a practitioner and got his start professionally as one those stuntmen doing commercials and parkour performances around the world.

GG project page: http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/1291/parkour-visions/

Jos Dirkx – Jos Dirkx grew up in Brazil, Bangladesh, Spain, Senegal, The Netherlands, Canada and Norway, and currently resides in South Africa where she founded the award-winning Girls & Football SA. Through her experience working with the United Nations in Sudan and Eritrea, she has gained hands-on experience working in challenging environments. She enjoys music, theatre, travel, sports, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

GG project page: http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/9204/girls-and-football-sa/

Gichuki Francis – Gichuki is the Founder and Executive Director of the Trans-nzoia Youth Sports Association (TYSA).  He has a degree in education from Kenyatta University and has vast experience in choice and youth issues throughout East Africa.

GG project page: http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/692/trans-nzoia-youth-sports-association-tysa/

Valerie Lam – Valerie Lam is a classically-trained paralegal by day and in her spare time volunteers as the Idjwi Island Education Fund’s Technical & Administrative Assistant.  A jack-of-all-trades, she assists the Board with execution of print and electronic media, event-planning, and is the catch-all for random administrative tasks (which are important!).  Although a graduate from a liberal arts university with a B.A. in International Relations, Ms. Lam somehow ended up managing the Fund’s website and social media channels.  She speaks Vietnamese, French and English.

GG project page: http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/8432/idjwi-island-education-fund/

Pamela Lee – Pamela is a native and resident of San Francisco, California, USA.  Her “day job” involves managing data for a part of Bank of America, with a staff of seven.  When she is not working, she is volunteering – primarily for Mickaboo Companion Bird Rescue, an all-volunteer pet bird rescue/rehabilitation/rehoming group with operations throughout Northern California.

GG project page: http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/7061/mickaboo-companion-bird-rescue/

Dalys Rodriguez – Dalys is the Program Director for Fundacion Calicanto in Panama City, Panama.  She has a Master’s in International Relations from the University of Miami and moved to Panama about three years ago looking for “field experience.” It was a bit challenging at first but she loves what she does and continues to look for new opportunities for herself and for the organization to grow.

GG project page: http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/6413/fundacion-calicanto/

Kelly Voss – Kelly joined Nyaka Aids Orphan Project as their first full-time Director of Development in 2011 and brings over 7 years of non-profit fundraising experienceIt is her life work to “alleviate poverty around the globe.”  Kelly has raised millions of dollars for youth, arts, people with disabilities, and sports organizations. When she isn’t connecting donors with their philanthropic passions, you can find Kelly stand-up paddling Austin, TX or running with her 15 year-old son Tristan who keeps her young and on her toes!

GG project page: http://www.globalgiving.org/donate/349/the-nyaka-aids-orphans-project/