As a crowdfunding community for non-profits around the world, GlobalGiving celebrated the 10th anniversary of its United Kingdom office this year. Since 2008, GlobalGiving UK has raised nearly £10 million, with contributions from over 82,000 donors. Globally, the community has raised $370 million, with over 870,000 donors from over 170 countries worldwide.
GlobalGiving in the UK ‘has been at the forefront of influencing a more transparent and bottom-up approach to aid and philanthropy.’ Establishing itself as the world’s largest crowdfunding community, GlobalGiving has developed relationships with companies across the UK and Europe to benefit nonprofits around the world. Through grant-making, volunteering, disaster relief, and company giving programmes, the UK-branch has made its mark.
‘Ten years ago, when we set up GlobalGiving UK, crowdfunding wasn’t even a term anyone was using in relation to fundraising. The landscape for digital fundraising has changed enormously over that time,’ says co-founder and UK Executive Director, Rachel Smith.
‘What hasn’t changed is our focus on decentralising philanthropy and aid to ensure the needs and priorities of the community are front and centre. I’m excited by GlobalGiving’s continued desire to innovate our model, to seek evidence on how and why they community-led approach is powerful, and to share our learning so we can transform how philanthropists, funders and social change makers work to put people first,’ Smith continues.
To commemorate this 10-year milestone, GlobalGiving UK held ‘Philanthropy Must Change: Putting People at the Centre of Giving’ on 13 March at Goodwin Procter London. At this event, a panel discussed funder accountability and taking risks to consider community needs. Partners and donors attended the occasion to celebrate.
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