How good are you at individual fundraising online? Take part in the Gateway Challenge.

Posted by rsmith on March 14th, 2014

How good are you at individual fundraising online? Do you want to be better? Do you want to double your donor base in the next few months?

GlobalGiving UK is a digital charity that helps smaller charities excel online in both fundraising and communications. We are committed to helping you perform to the best of your ability and are passionate about practical training and skilled volunteering, so you can do even more with the funds you have.

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Work by Salem Union, a 2013 Gateway Challenge participant: volunteering at a children’s hospital in Kazakhstan

In December 2013 we helped 24 charities, working in the UK, Kenya, Uganda, Cambodia, Rwanda, India and other important communities to raise over £75,073 from 1,551 donors for their projects. This is called the Gateway Challenge.

As a charity ourselves we recognise that you work for your charity because you care about the people in need of your help. Fundraising is a means to help more. We run a proven, 7 part online fundraising and communications programme to ensure you have the tools, knowledge and skills to succeed with us. This is followed by a 30 day fundraising challenge – where you raise at least £2000 from 50 unique donors. This is to help drive sustainability in your charity and ensure you are here for the future! The challenge is a great opportunity for you to put your skills to the test.

All our training is free for partners.

“The training enabled us to go from nothing to executing a successful campaign.” (Salem Union, Kazakhstan, Janurary 2013)

 “So very pleased we took part and look forward to a strong partnership in the future. Extremely useful training and learning. We are further along than we were.” (Sansar, Nepal, January 2014)

Our next Gateway Challenge will run in May 2014. The deadline for applications is Friday 21st March 2014. You can apply online. Have your organisational documents ready (ie charity number, contact details, constitution) for the  quick and simple process. Follow the easy steps here:

GlobalGiving UK looks forward to working with you and helping you to achieve more!

Six organisations you should know about this October

Posted by rsmith on October 7th, 2013

Six organisations you should know about this October

Suddenly it’s October – where did the summer go? Feel tanned and rested? Didn’t think so. Already in need of another pick me up? Well we’ve got just the ticket. There’s nothing like giving to give yourself that warm fuzzy feeling this autumn. And here’s how to do it.

GlobalGiving UK is supporting Fund the Front Line, a campaign that will 100% match your donations to 6 local organisations. That means if you donate £10, your donation turns into £20.

Free. Money.

Why should you donate? Because giving feels good and you will see the difference.

Each week we will highlight two of these organisations. This week we focus on Fundasaun Alola in Timor-Leste and Action for Integrated Sustainable Development in Ethiopia that work to ensure local communities can access good healthcare for their children and families.

Alola in Timor-Leste

East Timor is one of the poorest countries in the Asia-Pacific region, with 47% of the population living under the poverty line. Alola is passionate about investing in women and child health and education. These are critical indicators for improving the chances of women and their families in East Timor. Alola run healthcare centres for women and their babies alongside wider community support. This includes cooking lessons, CV help and teacher training, as well as a mobile library and teaching for children.

Help give a mother and her child a better future today.

Action for Integrated Sustainable Development in Ethiopia

Afar region in Ethiopia is one hot, remote place where people are facing many problems it is hard for us to understand. AISDA is tackling these problems head on. By building water points in rural areas, less people have to walk for 7-8 hours to collect water. By vaccinating livestock against recurrent disease, food shortages are less frequent and devastating. Engaging religious and clan leaders and educating traditional birth attendants, female genital mutilation is being reduced.

Help people in the remotest areas of Ethiopia access healthcare.

A Summer with GlobalGiving UK

Posted by rsmith on September 27th, 2013

Emily Nix, a French and Business Management graduate from Queen Mary’s, spent this summer volunteering at GlobalGiving UK. Emily has been doing marketing and communications here since April and goes on now to do a masters in Cultural Management at City. The main pull for Emily to GlobalGiving UK was simply the idea of a platform for small charities. “You hear about the big charities a lot but it’s so good to see smaller charities getting the publicity they wouldn’t otherwise be able to get.”

So what has Emily been doing at GlobalGiving UK this summer and has it been worth the time? In short the answer is yes. “I wanted to get some marketing experience… I’ve learnt so much about the third sector that I just didn’t know before.” Interestingly, Emily says that before this placement at GlobalGiving UK, if someone had asked her if she would work in the third sector, she would have said no. Now though, her viewpoint has changed and Emily would definitely consider working for a charity. There’s so much room for creativity, and a great atmosphere at GlobalGiving UK. What Emily really enjoyed was the feeling of being naturally motivated.

Since April Emily has enjoyed doing a variety of things for GlobalGiving UK, seeing the end of a Gateway Challenge and the beginning of the next one. Her role has involved communicating with NGOs in developing countries as well as working with GlobalGiving UK on Twitter and Facebook. “It was exciting to be there for the end of the Gateway Challenge, encouraging project leaders and donors in the last few days when the funding awards are so within reach.” It has been great to see how social networking can be used in such a positive way for charities, and for those not utilising the space it is an untapped source of donors and way to communicate with networks that can really keep your organisation engaged and current.

We are wishing Emily the best of luck with her masters and look forward to seeing her again soon, thanks Emily!

Meadhbh Raftery


GlobalGivingUK: Introducing Tekeshe Foundation A Little Bit of Kindness can go A long Way….

Posted by rsmith on September 26th, 2013

Global Giving has a successive number of international volunteers and it is our pleasure to take you on Chido’s journey. Check out the her  experience…..

“Someone I shared my story with a while ago surprised me today in the most unexpected way. I suppose the reason why I was so surprised and close to tears almost was that someone I didn’t expect to remembered me and took it upon themselves to ACT.

As a result I was inspired to write and today I want to introduce to you all the TEKESHE FOUNDATION, but before I enter into the story of the life changing work being done in Chipinge I would like to highlight two things:

1) Never be afraid to use your voice. Share your story.

There is a shona proverb that says, “Mwana asingacheme anofira mumubereko.” and that is translated to a baby that does not cry will die strapped to his mothers back. I am not an advocate for begging but I believe that there is a lot of power in a testimony. I will tell my story not in despair and anguish but in hope for a better tomorrow. I will use my words to hopefully encourage someone in saying that although I may not be where I want to be and things are not 100% perfect in my life I am still here. I shared my story with the young man mentioned above in an effort to encourage him and what I got in return was not only encouragement for myself but a possible solution for what I was facing.

2) Do something!

All of the projects and charities listed on the GlobalGivingUK website are shining examples of people who have stood up and done something to shape their communities for the better. They are individuals like yourself and I who saw a need and took it upon themselves to at least try and make a change. Sometimes it may not be much that you can afford to give but in all honesty the very little that you can do can actually be a significant game changer in the life of somebody else. ‘They need it More than I do’ is a blog post I wrote a few months ago after having one such encounter and I encourage anyone reading this to take a look at it too. What that young man shared with me today was simply a link to a website.

Tekeshe Foundation

The Tekeshe foundation is one of the projects I will be visiting in Zimbabwe. It is the brainchild of Thelma Sithole who carried forth a vision birthed by her father and has since made great strides in empowering the people of rural Chipinge. Guided by the old saying, “If you give a man a fish he will eat for a day. If you give him a fishing rod and teach him how to fish he will eat for a life time.” the Tekeshe foundation focuses on empowering and restoring dignity and hope by providing and promoting economic empowerment, advocating literacy and higher education for both boys and girls, while assisting AIDS/HIV patients and their families with social-economic help.

The above are all critical areas of need in a country where the health care system is crippled, HIV/AIDS prevalence is among the highest in the world and harsh economic climates have left Zimbabwe without it’s own currency. Such elements have ripple effects leading all the way down to children being unable to attain secondary and even primary school education. As I was going through the Tekeshe Foundation I was struck by the number of testimonies shared by young boys and girls who had it not been for the work of Thelma Sithole and her team may not have had access to a decent education. One such story is that of two orphans Herbet and Lovemore whose parents succumbed to HIV/AIDS several years ago. “In 2007 Lovemore dropped out of school to take care of his brother and his grandmother. Lovemore started his day by going to the market to beg for food. With the help of the Tekeshe foundation Lovemore re-enrolled in school and has now completed his primary education. He is currently attending Rimbi High School.”

Some of the initiatives set up by the Tekeshe foundation include:


Education is one of the keys to opening the doors of opportunity and as such the foundation has a robust programme that works to provide school fees, school uniforms, books and supplies to underprivileged rural youth. They also provide books to the schools through a partnership with Books For Africa (ZIMKIPPS project), they repair classrooms and deliver ICT to rural schools. Their aim with the ICT project is to bridge the “digital divide” between rural and urban communities.


Providing access to health care, clean water, sanitation and combating malnutrition is at the heart of the Tekeshe foundation. By nature of where it is located health care in rural Chipinge is oftentimes poor or non existent this is as a result of poor roads or inadequate means of transportation and sometimes community clinics simply don’t have the resources to cater to the medical needs of the communities they serve. As such in 2007 the Tekeshe Foundation launched the Community Care Program in partnership with village health committees and local churches to deliver medical care to people in the Rimbi Clinic catchment area. They provide care and support to those infected or affected b HIV/AIDS, transportation to bring a medical doctor to Rimbi Clinic to treat patients and supply of medicines and equipment to the clinic. Some of their accomplishments to date include the donation of a vehicle to the clinic that is now being used as an ambulance as well as training 10 home based care givers.

Economic Empowerment

Statistics show that more than 325 million people in Africa live on less than $1 a day. The main objective of the Economic empowerment program is to develop the entrepreneurship and employability skills or rural youth and women. The foundation provides micro loans to people to start businesses, for young women and rural youth who are not enrolled in school the vocational program aims to train them in knitting, carpentry, dressmaking and baking. Rabbit and chicken rearing projects, gardening projects and mushroom growing projects are currently underway and also in the pipeline is an irrigation project.


Young people have the power to change the world if they are given enough support. The Tekeshe foundation vision for the youth is to encourage young people to develop a strong sense of civic and social responsibility. While education is critical the foundation is also committed to the social development of young people. Through their Youth Cares program they teach the youth life skills and offer them opportunities for leadership and development.

Food and Clothing

Tekeshe foundation accomplishments with this initiative include sending 40-foot containers of much needed items such as food, clothing, medicines, medical supplies and school supplies to Zimbabwe in conjunction with New England Pentecostal ministries, United Church of Christ missionaries m A light For Zimbabwe Organization and friends of the the foundation in the United States. They have distributed clothing to over 100 people in Rimbi and neighboring villages, they provide food for 50 elderly people and 50 HIV/AIDS patients.

While going through the Tekeshe foundation website I was overwhelmed by just how much is being done and how great of a need for it there is. All the above is simply a very condensed summary of all the work the foundation is doing in Chipinge. Their vision outlives what we see in the present and the holistic approach taken is one that will surely transform the lives of many more than it has already. I am so privileged to have the opportunity to go out to Chipinge to see all of this for myself and honestly cannot wait to share my experiences with everyone. I am keeping my fingers crossed to meet Thelma when she travels to Zimbabwe in December as she is based in the USA and will not be around during my visit. The opportunity to sit with such an amazing woman with a heart for the people who also works hard to DO SOMETHING is truly infallible. I cannot wait to hear her story.

In the meantime I would like to encourage you to visit the Tekeshe Foundation website at and also their GlobalGiving page where you have to opportunity to donate at .

Keep a look out for more updates and if you can, DO SOMETHING!

Chido Dziva Chikwari

P.S If you would like to contribute to the GlobalGiving Impact Assessment Programme in Zimbabwe please follow this link to my fundraiser”

“We just couldn’t turn away.”

Posted by rsmith on August 30th, 2013

Local couple raises £5,500 for sub-Saharan Africa thanks to GlobalGiving UK’s Gateway Challenge


In 2008, Philip and Allison Le Dune visited Burkina Faso, one of the poorest countries in the world. They came home to Washington and set up Aid to Burkina, a small charity working to resource education and health, improving the quality of life for communities living in Burkina. As Allison said, “once you’ve seen the need, you can’t not do something about it… We couldn’t turn away”.


Aid to Burkina has grown enormously since it started 5 years ago, and it’s not just a result of the passion and Phillip and Allison, the support of others has been overwhelming. Allison said it has been amazing to see “communities working together to help another community”. Phillip is a GP at Annfield Plain Surgery, where donations from visitors and patients have made it possible for Aid to Burkina to build a dispensary in Burkina Faso, providing medical help where it is so desperately needed.


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Last month Aid to Burkina took part in GlobalGiving UK’s Gateway Challenge, an opportunity for small charities to raise at least £2,000 from at least 50 donors. Completing the challenge gains each charity a permanent place on, a platform for fundraising, as well as free online training and support.


In just one month Aid to Burkina raised £5,523 to put towards building a workshop to enable 60 young street boys to learn the skills to make themselves more employable, while improving self esteem and reducing petty criminality. This is above and beyond what they had hoped to raise, and resulting in better quality equipment and a guard for the workshop.


Burkina Faso is a French-speaking country in sub-Saharan Africa that has been ranked one of the poorest countries in the world, where life expectancy is 30 years less than in the West. Life in Burkina Faso is often unreported in the world media but consistently difficult. Sub-Saharan Africa is the only part of the world where childhood death (in particular in infancy) is actually increasing.


Locals Philip and Allison Le Dune are raising money through GlobalGiving UK to give street boys the opportunity to learn a trade that will give them the money to live on, providing a way out of begging and extreme poverty.


To support Aid to Burkina you can donate through GlobalGiving UK at


To take part in the Gateway Challenge, join GlobalGiving UK’s online fundraising platform and access free training and support, follow the link below and complete a nomination form before the 16th of September.


My top tips for starting your own digital venture

Posted by rsmith on August 16th, 2013

As seen in my short interview in The Guardian on winning the Nominet Internet Award 2013:

1. Get some practical work experience in a bigger company. Once you start your own venture you’ll have limited time for your own professional development – pick up key skills first – you will not regret this.

2. A good, realistic, evidence based business plan is essential. Ask for frank feedback, including from experts in your field. Don’t get upset if you don’t like what you hear. It is sad to ventures repeating mistakes because they didn’t Listen, Act, Learn, Repeat.

3.  Finance: think carefully about costs and ensure you have enough secure income to cover these. If you are not skilled in this area – bring someone in at the beginning who is.

4. Resilience, optimism, sheer grit and determination. The value of these qualities should never be underestimated.

Good luck!

Eleanor Harrison, Chief Executive, GlobalGiving UK

GGUK Doing Good Online, Nominet Internet Awards July 2013

GGUK Doing Good Online, Nominet Internet Awards July 2013

Small Charity: Big Impact – following the progress of a GlobalGiving Project

Posted by rsmith on July 19th, 2013


Small Charity: Big Impact – following the progress of a GlobalGiving Project

In today’s blog we want to focus on HERA UK (Her Equality, Rights and Autonomy). This fascinating UK-based project helps young vulnerable women who have been victims of trafficking or prostitution, turn their lives around. Through training and mentoring, HERA is committed to helping these women achieve positive futures, which are economically secure, safe and fulfilling. Angela, a passionate and driven leader with a background in management consulting, is the brains behind this project and with 30 HERA volunteer mentors; the project supports over 30 young women per year.

Before becoming part of the GlobalGiving family, Angela faced a number of problems. The project had no website, no fundraising or communication strategy and a limited network with other related organisations – all vital for the project to be successful. Since joining GlobalGiving, HERA has benefited from a structured, online fundraising and communications programme, followed by a Gateway Challenge fundraising opportunity. This resulted in an immediate benefit to HERA, with the organisation raising over £2,500 in 30 days from more than 40 unique donors. GlobalGiving has also linked Angela with other small charities both in the UK and overseas through physical workshops, online webinars and group calls and the project has benefited from GlobalGivingTime where skilled corporate volunteers in have helped with branding, marketing, website design and communications.

Angela commented, “My mentor at GGUK is so helpful in focusing me on priorities and helps me to think through strategy and our next steps, which is often hard to see when you’re in the day to day but it so important for a small, growing organisation.”


HERA is a stronger, more dynamic and robust organisation than it was two years ago. It’s annual income has increased from £28,966 in 2010/11 to £74,791 in 2011/12, the charity has an improved website and logo, through which they are getting increased traffic and now regularly communicates with its donors. We hope, through further support with GlobalGiving, that HERA will continue to grow and provide that much needed support for vulnerable women who have nowhere else to turn.

CEO of Global Giving UK, Eleanor Harrison reacts to the news that has been shut down

Posted by rsmith on July 16th, 2013

I was shocked – but not altogether surprised that the website has been shut down by the Charity Commission; no accounts have been filed since 2009, indicating some financial management challenges. I am horrified that £250,000 could potentially have gone missing, with some estimates suggesting that as many as 10,000 donations might be lost. Terrible news for those thousands of people who donated to causes which are close to their hearts.

The Charity Commission has described what’s happened as “very serious territory.”  For those of us working in fundraising – particularly like us at GlobalGiving, that would seem a bit of an understatement. We’re living in a time of austerity, where people are understandably cautious about their money and rigorous about choosing a charity or project to give to.

There are crucial issues here which it’s important to explore – and big differences between the way Global Giving UK’s site works and those of others.  Most of the bigger sites ring fence all donations – just as we do. This means the money is held in a separate bank account to avoid any risk and it is impossible for donations to get mixed up with any other money, whether that is expenses or operating costs. It just can’t happen.

Making sure people’s money goes directly to the cause they want to support, is the most important thing we do in our jobs at GlobalGiving every day. Since 2002, 329,980 donors have chosen the Global Giving platform and they are just ordinary people like me and you. Donors have given over £54,000,000 to 8,140 projects right across the world. We constantly review and update our processes and our accounts are available for anyone to see.  People’s money has gone to so many interesting local campaigns in the developing world – whether it is helping parents buy lambs to sell to support the education of their daughters or helping boys as young as 3 who beg on the streets of Senegal.

The money gets to them and our systems work.  If you’re in any doubt about that, email me direct.

GlobalGivingTIME: Professional support in July

Posted by rsmith on June 27th, 2013

Get support and advice from the pros!


Set up your GlobalGivingTIME profile HERE

GlobalGivingTIME is our online volunteering platform: it helps you get professional support for your work. If you don’t already have a GlobalGivingTIME profile, it’s time to set one up, because there is going to be a great deal of volunteer activity next month.

Between 8th and 21st July expert employees based over 5 continents, 24 time zones and 130 countries are waiting to offer GlobalGiving partners guidance and support. Aegis Media is the world’s leading media and digital communications group, and their staff will be particularly active on the platform between those dates.

Employees will be competing to donate their time and skills to support your work. From eye-grabbing logos, website design and revenue generation, Aegis Media will be on hand via GlobalGivingTIME. Do not let this opportunity pass you by. If you haven’t already got a GlobalGivingTIME profile, set one up today. If you already have a profile, get thinking about the sorts of tasks Aegis can help with next month.

Bonus Funds
This year we are providing an incentive to the NGO partner that posts the best challenge between 8th and 21st July. At the end of the 12 day competition a panel from Aegis will judge the most achievable, creative and engaging challenges to give your charity the chance to win up to £200.

What is a challenge?
•    Consists of work that can be done entirely on-line
•    Can be completed in a short amount of time
•    Has a clear deliverable goal and deadline

The most important aspect when drafting your request is CLARITY. The more specific and direct the task the more likely Aegis employees can dedicate their time and effort and give your charity the support YOU want and need.

This opportunity stands to create a fantastic exchange between GlobalGiving partners and worldwide communications experts. Register your challenge NOW and best of luck.

Webinar on GlobalGivingTIME
GlobalGiving UK’s Marketplace Manager, Paul McWilliams, will be hosting an introductory webinar on making the best of GlobalGivingTIME on Tuesday 2nd July. This will be perfect opportunity to get to grips with the platform. You can join the morning session at 1000 BST or the evening session at 1700 BST. Please let me us know if you would like to attend (email Paul at and he will send through more information.

Why give through GlobalGiving UK?

Posted by rsmith on June 2nd, 2013


Recently we asked one of our donors a very simple question – why do you choose to donate through our website?

Here’s the response we got:

Last year we went to the Philippines for two weeks, joining our son and daughter-in-law who were already there. This, for us, was our first experience of a developing country. We visited the rice terraces in the  northern part of the country and also a tropical island. We had a fabulous time. One of the things we noticed especially in the north was that clean water had to be carried in large plastic bottles. This is an area where not all villages are accessed by road. We also must add that we did not go into the shanty towns but we know that they are to be found in the Philippines and that access to water is problematic. On our return, we looked for a way of supporting a project specifically in the Philippines and found GlobalGiving by surfing the net (we already give to Save the Children and could have increased our giving but we wouldn’t have been sure that the money would go to the Philippines). So we chose a project providing clean water to a village.

You asked us about the GlobalGiving website. Our experience is that it is very good. We get reports from the project regularly as an email. The bigger charities send newsletters which are big, glossy productions costing goodness knows how much. When we get to the point where the project is competed, we will choose another project but still in the Philippines.

A GlobalGiving donor