Global Giving won our hearts – it allows us to donate ‘a bit here, and a bit there’ directly to the projects that appeal to us. Global Giving was the first example of crowdsourcing and still leads the way; it represents mostly small community-led projects that get some pretty impressive results, create jobs by engaging locals and are therefore sustainable into the future. These are projects that you otherwise would never hear about, their needs would remain unmet, but thanks to Global Giving, they have a voice and you can help them. Here’s how it works: Which project would you choose? Educating girls in Pakistan Caring for Ebola victims Clean drinking water in Haiti 1. Head to www.globalgiving.org click on ‘Find a Project’ 2. Once you’ve found a project that you’d like to support, you can go to the page and find out more about the issues and challenges, who runs the project and you’ll also see where they’re up to with fundraising. 3. Convinced? Great stuff! Just click on ‘donate’. You don’t have to donate the suggested, just add the amount you’d like in the ‘other amount’ box. 4. What now? You’ll receive updates from the project telling you where they’re up to. This is always rewarding. 5. Don’t have the time to sift through the hundreds of projects? Too hard to choose? Want to make sure your money goes where it can make a BIG difference. No problem at all, because we’ve chosen some for you. THE GIRL EFFECT You’ve heard of the butterfly effect, right? Well, this is the same, but instead of butterfly wings causing ripples, the change is made by you funding girls. There are 600 million adolescent girls living in poverty in the developing world. By giving one of these girls a chance, you start the ‘girl effect’, because when girls have safe places to meet, education, legal protection, health care, and access to training and job skills, they can thrive. And if they thrive, everyone around them thrives, too. So you don’t just change a girl’s life, or her family’s….you change the world. Research has proved that if you fund a young man, he will thrive. But if you fund a young woman by the same amount, she will pass on those benefits to her whole community. Everyone thrives. That’s the girl effect. Girl Effect fundraiser …click here!