GlobalGiving “Pay It Forward Challenge” Looking to purchase holiday gift cards? Start Here.

What is the Pay It Forward Challenge?

There are thousands of projects to choose from on We’re asking you to pay it forward and share your experience with your readers and invite them to consider giving GlobalGiving gift cards this holiday season as the special gift that gives back. Finally, because we know how good it feels to give, we want to give you something more: if your readers purchase the most gift cards, we’ll give you $1000 toward the GlobalGiving project of your choice.

What’s in it for YOU (my readers)?

GlobalGiving, a virtual marketplace for philanthropy, allows anyone with an internet connection to support more than 1,000 pre-screened charities in the U.S. and around the world. These are groups providing real-world solutions to help educate children, feed the hungry, build houses and infrastructure, protect our environment, empower women (and men), rescue animals, and support active military and veterans – just to name a few.

The best part? You can access and support this extensive network of impactful charities with a simple gift card that your friends and family will love this holiday season. This means that, for as little as $10, you can make things easy on yourself and purchase a gift card that everyone on your gift list will enjoy – from your kids to Uncle Paul to the mailman – and give them the complete freedom to choose a cause they wish to support. Plus, it’s the gift that keeps on giving long after the holidays with regular updates from those on the ground on how your donation is making a difference.

Pay It Forward – We have a chance to win $1000 !

The blogger that helps drive the largest number of readers to purchase GlobalGiving gift cards through their unique link by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 24 will win!

Donate now, $10 = $100 of books

About GlobalGiving Gift Cards

GlobalGiving gift cards are 100% tax 100% biodegradable, tax-deductible, and they’re guaranteed. They come in the form of print-at-home cards, or e-cards, or beautiful biodegradable physical cards (with free shipping! Just order by Dec 12 for Dec 24 delivery), Gift cards can be purchased using a credit/debit card or PayPal. The purchaser makes the tax-deductible donation, and the recipient chooses the charity project that receives the funds. If, for any reason, the recipient is unhappy with their donation, it’s covered by the GlobalGiving Guarantee. Learn more about GlobalGiving gift cards here:

Examples of GlobalGiving Projects

Parkour Visions ( We live in an age where lack of movement and play in our daily lives can have disastrous effects on our health, yet liability concerns are tearing down our playgrounds and limiting activities in parks. The project funds free classes at the community-built parkour gym in Seattle and supports the growth of a lifelong, respectful discipline from which anyone can benefit!

Playworks ( Playworks improves learning and supports healthy living by improving school climates by using the power of play. This project sends one well-trained, caring adult to each school to engage children in physical activity every day all day. They organize games at recess, lead individual class game times, run youth leadership and afterschool programs, and sports leagues. Scientific data confirms that learning cooperative play, conflict resolution, and healthy lifestyles early on are building blocks for success to help build a constructive community. 

Arts for All ( Arts for All is an arts outreach organization serving in-need children ages 4-19 in greater New York City. Professional artists work with children who have little means or opportunity to explore the arts due to economic disadvantages, physical and mental disabilities, hospitalization, socialization issues, emotional trauma, or any other life challenge. They hope to open children’s eyes to artistic skills they may not realize they have, to possible artistic careers, and/or to positive alternatives for releasing energy and creativity. 

Canines with a Cause ( One in four war veterans will come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Over four million healthy, adoptable animals won’t be able to find a home this year. Dogs are an excellent treatment to PTSD. If we put two and two together, we get the Canines for a Cause program uniting dogs with soldiers suffering from PTSD. Dogs get a loving home, suffering soldiers are comforted and treated. That sounds like a win-win to us.  

A Home Within ( Over a half million foster children across the United States face serious emotional issues as a result of their highly-unstable childhood environment. One child. One therapist. As long as it takes. A simple, powerful model that changes lives. A Home Within is the only national nonprofit organization focused on meeting the emotional needs of foster kids. A Home Within recruits, trains and supports a national network of therapists, and connects foster youth with long-term volunteer therapists so that they can begin to recover from traumatic childhood experiences. 

Waves for Water ( At Waves for Water, the mission is simple: To get clean water to every single person who needs it. Many of the places surfers travel to find the best waves also happen to be places where local citizens have little access to clean water. Since the surfers are already there, why not help? Waves for Water’s Karma Kits give travelers an opportunity to help. Karma Kits are simple kits containing a filtration system, a canteen, fin key, surf wax and other needed items. When surfers arrive in a village without clean water, they can provide filtration systems to villagers to give them access to clean water for years to come.

Boxgirls Kenya ( This innovative social program puts girls back in the arena…this time armed with a pair of boxing gloves. Boxgirls Kenya provides self-defense training, mentoring, education support and leadership development activities to girls ages 8-18 years old. They use self-defense to help break the cycle of early pregnancy, school drop-outs, and extreme poverty.
Sanitary Pads in Uganda ( Women in America may complain about that time of the month, but let’s be honest, it’s not stopping anyone from pursuing her dreams. We wish the same could be said for girls in Uganda. In Uganda, drop-out rates are high for rural girls, often because they are forced to miss several days of school each month during their periods. The people behind this project in Uganda work to keep girls in school by providing pads, women mentors and teachers, girls-only bathrooms and education about puberty, menstrual cycles, and safe sexual practices. Because no girl should think menstruation isn’t healthy and normal, or be prevented from going to school because of it. 

Alternative Livelihoods and Elephant Rescue Thailand ( These Asian elephants might not be able to fly like Dumbo, but they do want a better life. The elephant rescue Thailand is working to move as many members of this endangered species from circus life back to the wildlife.  Living in natural social herds in the forest has tremendous impact on elephant’s psychological health and provides a balanced diet, dramatically increasing life expectancy. They’ve thought of the elephants’ owners too—they have included a training program to help both elephant and master live a longer, better, circus-free life.

About GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising website that gives social entrepreneurs and nonprofits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities. Select the projects you want to support, make a tax-deductible contribution, and you’ll get email updates from the project so you can see how your gift is making a difference.

Over the past 10 years, GlobalGiving has helped change the way people give, offering donors a transparent, high-impact donation experience. You choose where you want your money to go, and we get it there, quickly and efficiently.

GlobalGiving enables you to fund the underdog. We help nonprofits access to new sources of funds for creative ideas and projects that might never be funded through traditional structures and development and philanthropy approaches. But just because you can fund the underdog, doesn’t mean you’re taking undue risk. We have a tested due diligence process, and make sure donors get feedback about how their contributions have been put to work and the results achieved – with satisfaction guaranteed.


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