Joyce Meng's Blog

Release of our annual report 2010-2011

Dear Givologists,

Happy Thanksgiving! As we pause to give thanks to everyone who has shaped our lives, I want to take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to all of you - the Givology community. Whether you are our partner, volunteer, intern, supporter on facebook/twitter, donor, or an advocate for education, without you, we wouldn't have made it this far, especially as a 100% volunteer driven organization.

As we celebrating Thanksgiving and the spirit of sharing, we are releasing our 2010-2011 Impact Review. I’m very proud to announce our 2010-2011 impact. In our three years of operations, we have raised approximately $220,000 to support over 2,875 students in 23 different countries through 44 grassroots partners. Our organization has 6,000+ supporters on Facebook, Linked-in, and Twitter, 2,440+ registered donors, 11 chapters started at universities, high schools, and various cities, 30 core team members and 90 volunteers globally. We received the Intelius Award for “Best Student-Run Social Enterprise”, were rated a “Top Education Non-profit” by GreatNonprofits, won a significant Google Grant Award, in addition to being recognized by the Kairos Society as an innovative entrepreneurial venture. As we formed new connections through social media, we were extremely pleased to be featured in Nicholas Kristof’s inspiring book Half the Sky, Vivanista, Knowledge@Wharton, Philadelphia Inquirer, MTVAct, among other print and media sources. We've done this while maintaining our core spirit as a 100% volunteer organization.

Click here to download our annual review

These statistics, however, fail to capture all the individual stories that form the heart of Givology. This year, we put together an innovative “Make Your Mark” campaign which touched hundreds of people as we set out on Union Square in New York City to challenge bystanders to think about their own impact on the world. With the funding and awareness that we generate, we’re able to support our grassroots partners. Each of our partners has a unique story to tell, and we’re incredibly proud to highlight the impact they have generated over the year. From financing a poultry farm to sustain free tuition for disadvantaged students in Uganda and buying school uniforms for girls in Mexico, to library construction in rural India and student scholarships and mentoring in Guatemala, we’re dedicated to connecting you – our donor network – with innovative, community-driven projects and education causes. We take our motto, “Learn to Give, Give to Learn” very seriously. Everyone has something to share, whether it is time, resources, and skills, and we appreciate every contribution that you have given us!

None of this would have been possible without your support and belief in us! Even though we have accomplished a lot this year, we're ambitious and eager to set even higher goals for next year.

In conjunction with our annual report, we'll also be holding a global conference call where anyone can dial in to ask us questions, learn more about Givology, and suggest ways for us to improve. Transparency and openness are two core tenets in our mission and we look forward to having you join us on the call (details to be announced soon).

With Best Regards,

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