Login  |  Search

LARN's GlobalGiving Page

Everything You Need to Know

LARN participated in an exciting fundraising opportunity—the GlobalGiving Winter Open Challenge—to help fund one of our 2013/2014 projects. This page is dedicated to providing all the information you might want to know about LARN's participation in the Open Challenge and our ongoing presence on the GlobalGiving website, including our participation in the 2014 Year-End Campaign. 

You can either scroll through the page, or follow the links below to view answers to the specific questions you may have.

What is GlobalGiving?

What was the Winter Open Challenge?

Why did LARN Participate?

What is LARN's current activity on GlobalGiving?

What Will This Project Involve and Achieve?

How Can I Help?

How Do I Donate?

Is My Donation Tax-Deductible?

What Happens After I Make a Donation?

Is LARN Eligible for Incentives from GlobalGiving?

What Were Important Dates Associated With the Challenge?

Why Does Global Giving Subtract a Fee from My Donation?

What About My Privacy?

What if I'm Not Happy With My Donation?

What if I Have Other Questions?

 

What is GlobalGiving?

GlobalGiving is an online fundraising platform that works with registered organizations to raise money and organize donors for their work in communities all over the world. Unlike a traditional foundation, GlobalGiving does not provide grants. Instead, they offer organizations a unique set of online tools, strategic support, and the opportunity to connect with their vast network of individuals and corporations. Learn more about GlobalGiving.

Return to Top

 

What was the Winter Open Challenge?

GlobalGiving requires the organizations that fundraise on its site to complete due diligence, including providing financial records, sign their anti-terror and non-discrimination policies, among other requirements. This allows GlobalGiving to verify the organization’s activities and confirm the organization’s legitimacy which in turn provides an added level of confidence for donors.

To earn a permanent spot on the website, organizations must also apply to participate in an Open Challenge—a month-long fundraising campaign. To succeed in earning a permanent spot on GlobalGiving, each organization must raise at least $5,000 from at least 40 unique donors.
LARN participated in the 2013 Winter Open Challenge and raised $5,130 from 56 donors during the Challenge, securing a permanent spot on the site for ongoing fundraising for this and future projects. After the GlobalGiving fees were deducted, we received $4839.50 from the Open Challenge. 

Return to Top

 

Why Did LARN Participate?

As a relatively young organization, LARN must fundraise to be able to complete any of our projects. Fundraising is a learned skill and not one with which our Board has great experience. Before the Challenge, our fundraising campaign had been limited to reaching out to personal and professional contacts of our Board and volunteers as well as selling some donated goods that cannot be used in rural Panama. We are grateful to each and every past donor, but we also need to reach a larger audience if we are to be successful in the long-term. As members of the GlobalGiving community, LARN has access to a larger potential donor base, special fundraising incentives—including access to donations from GlobalGiving’s corporate partners and their employees, and access to GlobalGiving’s fundraising tools and resources for nonprofits.

Specifically, we participated in an effort to fund our Container Shipment and Distribution Project and to earn a permanent spot on GlobalGiving by meeting the Open Challenge requirements. We succeeded in partially funding the project (enabling us to ship a 40-ft container to Panama) and earning a permanent spot on GlobalGiving.

Return to Top

 

What is LARN's current activity on GlobalGiving?

LARN was only able to fund a portion of the  Container Shipment and Distribution Project during the 2013 Winter Open Challenge. The funds raised allowed us to ship a 40-foot container to Panama in February 2014. However, the second half of the project--distribution of the contents of the 40-foot container--is still unfunded. LARN's current activity on the GlobalGiving website is to fund the remainder of this project: the donation distribution trip. The dates for this trip have been set for February 7-15, 2015. As part of this ongoing fundraising, we participated in some of the 2014 Bonus Days and is participating in the 2014 Year-End Campaign (see below for details) to finish funding the project. GlobalGiving fundraising supplements off-line fundraising activities in which LARN also participates.  

We plan to list other projects on GlobalGiving in the future. 

LARN is also taking advantage of the other benefits available to GlobalGiving partners. Members of our Board have participated in online training seminars hosted by GlobalGiving and we completed the 2014 Fundraising Academy to learn ways to be more effective in our fundraising efforts. A LARN Board member even gave an online seminar for GlobalGiving to help organizations prepare for their own Open Challenge.

Return to Top

 

What Will This Project Involve and Achieve?

We planned to ship a 20-ft container full of donated clothing, shoes, tools, household items and toys from the USA to Panama. Thanks to the Challenge, we were able to ship a 40-ft container in February 2014. We will also send volunteers to unpack, sort, and deliver the donations to at least six needy communities in rural Panama in February of 2015. The project will build on the lessons learned when our first container was shipped and distributed in 2010. This project will benefit hundreds of individuals in at least six remote rural communities in or near the province of Coclé, Panama. However, we cannot get our donations to these individuals and communities until we fund the project.

We shipped the 40-ft container in late February 2014 after funds from the Challenge were disbursed. The distribution trip will occur in February of 2015. Full funding of the project is necessary to fully distribute the donations that were shipped in 2014; if LARN is unable to fully fund the project, we will be unable to distribute a portion of the donations and they may need to be donated to other organizations in Panama, as our storage facility is not guaranteed past the February 2015 donation trip. For more details, see the Project page of our website and the Project page on GlobalGiving

Return to Top

 

How Can I Help?

You can help in one or both of the following ways: 

  • A monetary donation through our Project Page on GlobalGiving helps us fully fund this project. AND/OR
  • You can also help us by sharing information about LARN and this project with your family, friends, and colleagues. Please feel free to share this webpage and our Facebook posts.

Return to Top


How Do I Donate?

Follow the link to our GlobalGiving Project Page. Online donation options include Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, PayPal, and GlobalGiving gift cards. The minimum donation is $10. All credit card donations are collected through VeriSign, a secure third party whom GlobalGiving hires for this purpose, or PayPal, also a highly secure third-party payment system. All donations made through PayPal are kept private over their secure network. Because all transactions go through third parties, GlobalGiving does not receive or retain credit card numbers. Further, GlobalGiving and LARN will never release your personal information to any outside party unless authorized to do so. 

There are also other donation options, such as check, text-to-give, wire transfer, stock donations, etc. Links to instructions on how to make donations via these alternate methods are visible on our Project Page. 

You can make a one-time donation, or set up recurring monthly donations that can be canceled at any time. 

You can choose for your donation to be a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone. Gifts and "in honor of" donations also come with an option to send a card/notification to the person whom you are gifting or honoring which you can email or print out. 

Return to Top


Is My Donation Tax-Deductible?

Yes. All donations are tax-deductible for donors in the United States, and all projects on GlobalGiving.org have been pre-qualified for 501(c)3 equivalency status. The GlobalGiving Foundation's tax-exempt id number is 30-0108263. Globalgiving issues you an electronic tax receipt immediately after you make donation.

Return to Top

 

What Happens After I Make a Donation?

Immediately after making an online donation via our project page on GlobalGiving, you will receive a tax receipt via email from GlobalGiving. You will also receive a thank you from LARN within a week of your donation. Until the project is fully funded, you will receive quarterly email updates on this project; these will be provided by LARN but sent via GlobalGiving. We are required by GlobalGiving to provide these project reports to our donors, but you can opt out of those emails at any time. If you donate anonymously, LARN will be able to send you a thank you through GlobalGiving without seeing any information about you.

Return to Top

 

Is LARN Eligible for Incentives from GlobalGiving?

Yes, there are several incentives for which LARN has been, is, and will be eligible to receive. They are described below.

Open Challenge

All participants in the Open Challenge had several opportunities to earn Bonus Grants from GlobalGiving.

  • The top three organizations raising the most funds overall for their projects received $3,000 for 1st place, $2,000 for 2nd place, and $1,000 for 3rd place.
  • The project with the most unique donors received $2,000
  • There were also three Bonus Days when GlobalGiving matched online donations of $25 or more at 15% until funds ran out.
  • There was a $1,000 prize for the project with the most funds raised on each Bonus Day and a $1,000 prize for the project with the most unique donors on each Bonus Day.

While LARN did not win any of the prizes during the 2013 Winter Open Challenge, we did earn over $300 in matching funds during the three Bonus Days.

Bonus Days

GlobalGiving also runs various matching incentives and Bonus Days annually in which its partner organizations are eligible to participate.

Now that LARN has a permanent spot on GlobalGiving, we were eligible to participate in the 2014 Bonus Days. We participated in three of them.

  • February 12th: 30% match; $75,000 available in matching;
  • May 7th: 30% match; $75,000 available in matching;
  • July 16th: Matching based on Partner Rewards Status (30% for Partners, 40% for Leaders, 50% for Superstars); $120,000 available in matching (LARN is at Partner level); and
  • October 15th: 30% match; $75,000 available in matching.

All four 2014 Bonus Days began at 9 am EST. Matching was available until funds ran out or until 11:59 pm EST. GlobalGiving offered two $1,000 bonus awards for each Bonus Day: One bonus award for most money raised and one bonus award for most individual donors. LARN did not win any prizes during the 2014 Bonus Days.

Year-End Campaign

Annually, GlobalGiving also offers a Year-End Campaign. The holiday season is when many nonprofits typically raise 30% of their annual budget, and GlobalGiving's Year-End Campaign is a tool to help participating organizations capitalize on this time of giving. In 2014, the Campaign will run from December 1-31. Participating organizations, like LARN, will be eligible for the nine bonus awards available to the projects that raise the most money from their supporters in GlobalGiving’s Year-End Campaign. The campaign begins at 00:00:01 EST on December 1st and runs through 23:59:59 pm EST on December 31st. Projects must raise at least $3,000 from 30 donorsin order to qualify for a bonus award. Bonus awards will be given to organizations that have met the designated thresholds and raised the most funds respectively.

2014 Year-End Campaign Bonus Awards:

  • First place: $3,000
  • Second place: $2,000
  • Third place: $1,000
  • Fourth place: $1,000
  • Fifth place: $1,000
  • Sixth place: $500
  • Seventh place: $500
  • Eighth place: $500
  • Ninth place: $500

Return to Top


What were Important Dates Associated With the Challenge?

  • November 25: Open Challenge Began
  • December 3: Bonus Day
  • December 11: Bonus Day
  • December 19: Bonus Day 
  • December 31: Open Challenge ended at 11:59 pm EST
  • February 1, 2014: Open Challenge funds to be disbursed by this date

Return to Top

 

Why Does Global Giving Subtract a Fee from My Donation?

GlobalGiving does not charge organizations a fee to post projects on its site, nor does it charge to vet the organizations that apply to be on the site.  Instead, 15% of each donation is used to cover GlobalGiving’s operating costs, provide free trainings, and continue to reach out to new donors on partner organizations’ behalf.

This fee makes it possible for GlobalGiving to provide countless benefits to its partner organizations, which include:

  • processing applications to ensure that all projects on the site are from legitimate, high quality organizations;
  • maintaining GlobalGiving’s online fundraising platform;
  • facilitating access to corporate partnerships;
  • offering free trainings to our partners
  • marketing and social media outreach; and
  • providing customer support.

A donor can choose to cover all or part of that fee as an addition to their donation (also tax-deductible) to ensure LARN receives 100% of your intended donation amount. This optional addition is covered in the “Add-on” portion of the checkout process. 

During the Open Challenge, some donors chose to cover the fee as an additional donation while others did not. That accounts for the difference in the amount we were disbursed and the $5,130 that was raised.

Return to Top

 

What About My Privacy?

LARN nor GlobalGiving share your information with any third parties other than our service providers, and then only when authorized to do so (ie: if you make a donation using PayPal, that company will receive the information it needs to process your donation. Service providers are also governed by privacy policies). All credit card donations are collected through VeriSign, a secure third party whom GlobalGiving hires for this purpose, or PayPal, also a highly secure third-party payment system. All donations made through PayPal are kept private over their secure network. Because all transactions go through third parties, GlobalGiving does not receive or retain credit card numbers. GlobalGiving shares donors' names and email addresses with the project(s) to which they donate, unless the donor chooses to remain anonymous. If you make an anonymous donation to LARN's project on GlobalGiving, LARN will be able to see that a donation has come in, send a thank you email, and send quarterly updates to you--all without ever knowing who you are. GlobalGiving will still collect the information above, but that information will not be shared with LARN.

If you make an online donation, GlobalGiving will collect information from you to process the donation, including an email address to send your tax receipt and VeriSign or PayPal will collect your credit card information if you pay by credit card. As stated above, GlobalGiving does not receive or retain credit card numbers. The email address provided will also be utilized by GlobalGiving to send you quarterly updates from LARN on our Open Challenge project until it is fully funded, or until you opt-out of receiving those emails. You can opt-out of receiving quarterly updates on our project at any time by logging into your GlobalGiving account and managing your email preferences, or by clicking the "unsubscribe" or "update email preferences" links found at the bottom of any email updates you have previously received. 

You can view the full LARN privacy policy  here. You can view the full GlobalGiving privacy policy here

Return to Top

 

What if I'm Not Happy With My Donation?

We certainly hope this will never be an issue and that any donors with concerns about the use of their donation will reach out to LARN directly. However, for your own piece of mind, we want to make you aware of GlobalGiving Guaranteed. Essentially, any donor who makes an online contribution at GlobalGiving.org and is not satisfied with their giving experience may get a refund of their donation in the form of a GlobalGiving gift certificate equal to the value of the original donation, up to $10,000 per donor per year. The link above lays out the details.

Return to Top

 

What if I Have Other Questions?

If you have other questions pertaining specifically to GlobalGiving and/or donating via their website, try finding an answer on their FAQ. You can also contact them by phone at (877) 605-2314; we have experienced very short wait times and friendly, knowledgeable staff whenever we have contacted them.

If you have specific questions about the project LARN featured in the Open Challenge, try looking on the  Project page of our website, the Project page on GlobalGiving, or contacting us directly at info@larnhope.org.

If you have questions about LARN, please peruse this site or contact us directly at  info@larnhope.org

Return to Top

 

powered by Doodlekit™ Free Website Maker