GlobalGiving Forward Fund

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GlobalGiving Forward Fund
GlobalGiving Forward Fund
GlobalGiving Forward Fund
GlobalGiving Forward Fund
GlobalGiving Forward Fund
GlobalGiving Forward Fund
Photo by Education for the Children Foundation
Photo by Education for the Children Foundation

In some ways, 2020 devastated us; in others, it galvanized us.

Although GlobalGiving helped students from Nairobi, Kenya to Connecticut, U.S.A. continue learning, fueled local responses to natural disasters worldwide, and fostered climate action through projects that planted mangroves and harnessed solar power, the pandemic was the most all-encompassing challenge we faced.

COVID-19 has impacted all of us. Personally. Professionally. Profoundly. In early April, the news that my uncle and godfather died from COVID-19 shattered my family. That was, unfortunately, only the first of a series of losses in my extended family. I was struck by how many people around the world were facing similar loss and grief, and especially how many were doing so at the same time that job losses and lack of childcare took away basic assumptions about how we lead our lives.

At GlobalGiving, we committed to adapting the way we meet our mission.

We couldn’t allow anything to impede community-led change—not even a virus that has changed the world.

As we tried to adjust to a new reality and the pandemic’s compounding effects on communities everywhere, the sweeping racial justice protests made us rise up and reassess. We wanted to rally behind our partners and take a stand. But we also realized that we have work to do. We dove into that work for the remainder of the year. Preparing to audit all of our programs for implicit bias, prioritizing the visibility of our partners engaged in racial justice work in the United States and internationally, and identifying, naming, and addressing how philanthropy broadly (including ourselves) plays a role in structural racism was a start. That led us to create a new racial justice cause for support on our website, curate more content that amplifies the true voices of our partners who are rooted in this space, and commit to promoting equity across our organization and in the world.

But it’s not a task that we can simply check off a to-do list. “Our commitments are not enough to undo systems created and reinforced over hundreds of years to oppress Black people in the United States. It will take all of us, working hard every day, to create a future free from racial injustice,” GlobalGiving Director of Programs Michael Gale wrote. That work is only part of our contribution and part of our continual process of learning and growing.

We kept learning and growing as Election Day neared in the U.S., and we wondered how we could offer more support and stability to our community. Meanwhile, many of our partners around the world were responding to floods and famines, helping workers survive the blow of lost wages, and serving people in their communities through the upheaval.

Distance, divisions, and disasters defined 2020. They threatened our ties and tested our solutions. Luckily, we’re tightly knit—and dogged.

And, thankfully, we were strengthened by a level of generosity we’ve never seen before. From the person who gave the extra they had in their pocket to the corporation that contributed to a grant program, we saw an outpouring of support. Those donors helped our nonprofit partners continue their critical work on the front lines as they continued their fight for the causes closest to their hearts, such as gender equality, wildlife conservation, and human rights.

Their generosity added up to $105 million for vital work by our nonprofit partners in 2020—a goal that was once so enormous GlobalGiving staff referred to it as the BHAG: big, hairy, audacious goal. We saw that BHAG on a wall near our lobby nearly every day back when we worked from our office in Washington, D.C. When we started working from home in March, we thought we were a long way from the milestone. And we certainly didn’t think we would get there during a pandemic.

But that monumental number is not about us. It happened because of you.

Thank you for being the light in a long, dark year. Thank you for making it possible to reach new heights and keep going.

2021 started with another set of challenges and changes, but honestly, we’re hopeful for what’s ahead. We’re ready for another year with audacious goals that seem daunting—until they’re achieved.

The trials of 2020 came with tremendous growth. And lessons learned. And room for improvement. And new techniques and tools. And so many successes that remind us of why we believe in the principles of community-led change, Ethos, trust-based philanthropy, flexibility, and empathy.

The deluge of difficulties tested us. But we didn’t fail—at least not miserably or altogether (failure is part of our framework, after all). We reached milestones, set new records, and saw what we could accomplish in the face of the most serious challenges.

As we chisel away at the long-established status quo of aid, philanthropy, and disaster response, we’re seeing our ideas and efforts make an impact. That’s all the fuel that we need to keep moving toward bigger goals and greater influence for our 3,500+ partners around the globe.

We know a better world is possible, and we are set on creating it. All we need to move beyond GlobalGiving’s impact in 2020, is you.

With gratitude for your partnership,

Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

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Fondo Semillas is a GlobalGiving-backed nonprofit
Fondo Semillas is a GlobalGiving-backed nonprofit

Thanks to supporters like you, GlobalGiving is meeting its obligation to question the rules of traditional, top-down philanthropy, and change them for the better. In this update, we want to share with you a few notable initiatives from 2019 that made us proud.


  • Conducted research to understand and support community-led change—with the aim of making the nonprofit sector more accountable to the people it intends to serve.
  • Led conversations among philanthropy platforms about ethical decision-making, called the Neutrality Paradox.
  • Convened our corporate grantmaking community for the first time to foster peer learning and explore best practices in community-led giving.

Donations to the GlobalGiving Forward Fund support special initiatives like these, which are crucial to our mission to accelerate community-led change around the world. 

Please take a look at our full 2019 impact report to learn more about why your donations matter so much.

As always, thank you for your support.


Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

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A GlobalGiving-funded project in Yemen by SMEPS
A GlobalGiving-funded project in Yemen by SMEPS

A Look Back And Ahead With Alix Guerrier, GlobalGiving’s New CEO

400 new nonprofit partners added to our community. A new office in China. A new currency option in Kenyan Shillings. And a new picture at the top of this letter!

It is with a real thrill that I include myself in the list of what was new at GlobalGiving in 2018. Since joining the team in November, I’ve delighted at the chance to learn not only about GlobalGiving’s work directly but also about the interlinked communities we serve—our nonprofit partners, individual donors, and the companies we work with. What I’ve learned is that there is a lot to admire, and a lot to celebrate.

Some of what deserves celebration is the new stuff: new initiatives, ideas, and innovations. Our commitment to Never Settle (one of our four values) requires us to continually raise the bar for ourselves in how we serve our communities. The team here is, happily, up to task, and I’m energized by the daily efforts to do more, and do better.

An effort to do more and do better that I’m looking forward to in the upcoming year is a renewed focus on our mission to accelerate community-led change. This mission defines the critical role our organization plays in the philanthropic landscape and is at the heart of what drew me to GlobalGiving.

Throughout the year, look for updates as we dive into the work of advocating for community-led change at a global scale.

Also exciting in the upcoming year: new developments in technology and in the software that powers our crowdfunding platform. In the world of technology, entire eras last just a few years (think of e-commerce, the social web, the development of mobile platforms, and so on). We’re now well into the era of machine learning, with augmented reality, blockchain, internet-of-things, or other ideas that have not yet hit the mainstream waiting to have their impact on the tools we use. 2019 will see GlobalGiving experimenting with these technologies, in order to ensure that we bring the best of what’s available to the people and organizations we serve.

Though there is a lot that is new, some important things remain the same.

GlobalGiving’s founders started the organization with a few key principles in mind, one of them being that the ideas that will change the world for the better can come from anywhere. Our founders sought to create a platform that would level the playing field for all organizations and donors to test ideas, making the social sector more community-led and accelerating the impact sought by donors and the communities served by those organizations. That principle held promise in 2002, it was the focus of our work in 2018, and it will anchor our work in 2019 and beyond.

Thanks to you, it could be witnessed in action in so many places around the world in 2018:

It could be seen in Farah and Abdulrahaman’s work to reduce the spread of cholera in Yemen, which has sickened thousands.

It could be heard in the voices of the Rohingya refugees who launched a radio program to share vital information in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh.

It could be read about in the pages of Mi Valedor, the first street newspaper in Mexico, which had funds to operate and employ the homeless thanks to GlobalGiving donors.

More can be found in our most recent Year in Review. Please take a look, and let us know what you think.


Alix Guerrier

GlobalGiving CEO

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Location: Washington, D.C. - USA
EIN: 30-0108263

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Project Leader:
Alix Guerrier
Washington, District of Columbia United States
$2,653,041 raised of $5,000,000 goal
7,063 donations
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