#ORGinAction is a recurring series by the Public Interest Registry that highlights how organizations who trust the .org domain are using it to anchor their communication, networking and advocacy efforts online. The Public Interest Registry is a nonprofit organization that exists to serve the public interest online. It was created by the Internet Society, originally to manage .org domains.
Global Impact was featured as this month's #ORGinAction. You can read a portion of the Q&A with our Chief Development and Marketing Officer Joseph Mettimano below and read the full article as it originally appeared on pir.org here.
Q: What trends have you seen emerge in global philanthropy?
A: There are a couple of emerging trends in philanthropy that are worth noting. First, with an estimated $390 billion raised in 2016 in the U.S., total private sector giving is increasing. Giving grew from individuals, foundations, and corporations, but saw a decrease from bequests according to the Giving USA 2017 Report.
Second, U.S. private sector giving to the developing world is now outpacing U.S. government official development assistance (ODA). According to the 2016 Index of Global Philanthropy and Remittances, U.S. private giving in 2014 to developing countries outpaced U.S. ODA by $10.8 billion.
Q: Can you describe a recent success with one of your partners?
A: We provide a broad range of services and are happy to provide a couple of examples.
First, Global Impact is serving as the backbone partner for IMPACT2030, a private sector led collaboration with the United Nations, the private sector, nonprofits, governments and academic institutions that is mobilizing human capital investments through employee volunteer programs to advance the SDGs. Global Impact worked in partnership with IMPACT2030 to build and implement new record-keeping platforms and processes in support of their growing membership. We also supported improvements to their communications strategies, successfully engaging a broader audience through social media and email newsletters.
Second, Global Impact partnered with The Sloth Institute Costa Rica to serve as their fiscal sponsor, enabling the organisation to raise tax deductible contributions from donors in the U.S. With Global Impact’s support, the organization raised over $100,000 from more than 1,000 donors, helping further their mission to protect and enhance the welfare and conservation of sloths. We also enabled The Sloth Institute to establish crucial relationships with American foundations and corporate sponsors. Through a customized donation page, donors from around the world can support the organisation through the Adopt a Sloth program and volunteer to work with sloths in Costa Rica. Additionally, Global Impact provided financial planning and staffing guidance to position the organisation for sustained operational success.
Q: Can you share insight behind your domain name, “charity.org,” differing from your organization’s name of Global Impact. What benefits or challenges have you experienced by having a domain name that is different from your organization’s name?
A: We originally planned to use globalimpact.org, but since that domain name was already claimed by someone else, and they do not wish to sell it, we decided on charity.org. It represents the core of our ethos as an organization. It is a catchy domain name and we believe creates a fair amount of organic traffic to our site, but it is a challenge since most organizations’ URL will match the name of the organization itself.