GlobalGiving is a website which allows people to invest in worthy causes by donating money. It’s a charitable website but unlike other charities you can actually decide what the money goes towards. Almost all of the projects that you can fund are situated in developing countries. You can search for projects based on where they are or the type of project. There is a hierarchy on the site where project leaders can post their own projects. They need to create a description detailing what they need and they can then receive donations. It’s possible for users to bid on as many projects as you want. You don’t need to sign up for an account to use the site; you can donate money without needing to sign up. If you do decide to sign up then this will make it much easier to donate to projects in the future.
Global giving was founded by Dennis Whittle and Mari Kuraishi. The company is based in Washington DC in USA.
There are many different ways that you can donate money to worthy causes however most of these are regular charities. This means that it’s not possible to decide exactly what the money is spent on. Thanks to global giving it is possible to decide exactly which projects you want to donate to. It is changing the way that people donate money to worthwhile causes. It is also making giving money much more helpful because most of the money is supposed to get to the project country within 60 days. It’s also worthwhile knowing that you are funding the actual project rather than the overheads for the charity in question.
The website isn’t quite as attractive as many other sites but that doesn’t mean that it’s any less user friendly. All of the projects are split into sections. You can either browse the projects based on the type of project, or the location of the project. You can then search using keywords to find the types of project you are interested in. Once you have found a worthy cause it’s just a matter of entering your payment details. You can also gift the donation to someone else or have it in their memory.
You can search through the projects without signing up; even if you want to donate then you don’t actually need to register for an account. By creating an account you can save all of your details which will make it much easier to donate in the future. Creating an account isn’t very difficult and doesn’t take long at all and it’s a very simple process. As soon as you have registered you will then be signed into your account and no activation is required.
GlobalGiving is a charitable website and so is completely free to use. By the look of things all of the money gets donated to the project. It’s not quite clear how the website itself makes money.
GlobalGiving is aimed at people who like donating money to worthy causes but don’t like conventional charities. The problem with conventional charities is that you can’t normally decide what the money gets donated to. A lot of the money that’s donated also goes towards the running of the charity however this isn’t the case with globalgiving.