Innovative climate change projects that succeed in raising at least $4,000 will be eligible for bonuses that could win the top performer up to $13,000 extra in the Green Open Challenge sponsored by "online marketplace" GlobalGiving.
In particular, the Challenge is a perfect fit for DM2009 finalists -- whose projects are built around climate adaptation -- and DM2008 finalists -- whose agriculture projects almost always include climate adaptation. Other nonprofit climate projects that emphasize innovation and are locally based -- like the DM ones -- are also prime candidates. Fund-seeking projects can find out how to join the Challenge here. The deadline for applying is April 25.
Participating projects that meet the $4,000 threshold in donations from at least 50 donors during the Challenge period from July 5 to July 30 will be showcased by GlobalGiving on its website and have ongoing access to the organization's considerable, and proven, fund-raising know-how. Since 2002, 96,147 donors have given $27,596,968 to 2,538 projects promoted by GlobalGiving. The nonprofit organization's specialty is matching givers to specific development causes around the globe. On top of that, GlobalGiving keeps donors up to date on what their targeted money achieves in results.
Green Open Challenge is just one of a series of challenges that GlobalGiving sponsors annually to build and energize relationships between givers -- anyone anywhere who contributes at least $10 -- and nonprofit causes and developing countries. Targeted donations can be made quickly on GlobalGiving's website.
"Our Green Open Challenge will allow people to support projects that are addressing climate change in sustainable and innovative ways," says GlobalGiving Program Operations Manager Britt Lake. "We feel that organizations leading the grassroots response to climate change are an integral part of the solution. We wish to support this movement by increasing the number of such organizations receiving exposure and financial support through our site."
In order to be considered for the challenge a project must have a significant focus on addressing climate change by:
- Reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Enhancing carbon storage.
- Educating consumers or policymakers.
- Encouraging cleaner more efficient technologies.