Track Your Impact On Global Education Efforts With ‘Givology’

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Sometimes, transferring cash to a far-away organization just doesn’t sit well with me. After clicking “GIVE,” I wonder where my money’s actually going, and after all the administrative fees, how much of it is actually getting there. But thanks to a newish player in the nonprofit space, I’ll be clacking away at that GIVE button like it’s my j-o-b.

Givology is transforming global access to education thanks to the online donations of young people. Founded in 2008 by two University of Pennsylvania students, Joyce Meng and Jennifer Chen, the online donation site has partnered with more than 30 local schools and organizations to provide textbooks, curriculum, training and nourishment to impoverished children in Uganda, China, Mali and more.

What makes Givology special among the sea of nonprofits with a similar mission is its unique internal structure: 100 percent of those involved are volunteers–passionate young people who simply want to donate their time to a worthwhile cause.

“Young people have so much potential… . What you believe is what you can make happen, [and our volunteers] believe they will change the world,” says Meng.

With strictly volunteer action, the nonprofit sees no overhead, allowing it to funnel all donations straight to eduction. In 2010, more than 2,600 young people were served globally with more than $100,000 raised by just 90 volunteers. Now that’s an impact.

By donating as little as $5 to Givology, you can not only choose the person or project you sponsor, but you can also track that young person’s progress. For example, by sponsoring 18-year-old Chao Xu‘s education, you’ll receive handwritten updates from Xu and can send him your own letters of support.

Givology believes that making connections real will also make them lasting. “This is a chance for young people to really feel active,” says Meng. “Just because you make a small donation doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to really see where your money is going.”

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