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GlobalGiving Celebrates International Women’s Day: Launches Women x 2




March 6, 2009


Ben Grossman-Cohen



GlobalGiving Celebrates International Women’s Day: Launches Women x 2

Peer-to-peer philanthropy leader brings opportunity to women around the world by offering thousands in matching funds


Washington, D.C. Today GlobalGiving, the leading marketplace for philanthropy, celebrates International Women’s Day with the launch of Women x 2.  Women x 2 will capitalize on the multiplier effect of investments in women to improve the lives of communities. Whether it is empowering women and girls in India with the skills to give them economic opportunity, cultivating young women leaders in California, or providing women with abuse support, Americans can make a lasting impact for good around the globe.


There are over 600 million girls throughout the world living in poverty for whom education, health care and a living wage seem like little more than a pipe dream.  Women x 2 seeks to reverse this trend by giving girls and women the access to the school supplies, clean water and proper health care that they need to survive and thrive.  During this campaign, GlobalGiving will match 1-to-1 any donation to selected GlobalGiving projects that help support women’s issues in the US and around the world.


“In these uncertain economic times, it is crucial that we ensure projects creating economic opportunity in communities most in-need are adequately supported,” said Mari Kuraishi, President and co-founder of GlobalGiving. “Women are the change-makers in their communities and we know that investments in women’s projects are among the best ways to support development and have the greatest impact in struggling areas.  Now more than ever we need to find creative ways to support them.  Women x 2 will give an incentive for individuals to support these grassroots projects that would otherwise have limited access to donations and double the impact of the help that they receive.”


Even in times of economic crisis, Americans have shown a commitment to supporting causes they care about – they are however, being more careful about what is being done with their donations. Only GlobalGiving allows donors to see exactly who their donation is helping, and how. Donors are connected directly to project leaders who provide regular updates. This unique matching program, provided with the generous support of GlobalGiving foundation partners, will double the impact of donations and build commitment to bring opportunity to women around the world.


To ensure the strongest impact of all matched donations, GlobalGiving has chosen over 60 projects that have demonstrated a superior commitment to accountability, transparency and effectiveness in their work.  Women X 2 will officially launch on International Women’s Day, March 8th, and run through March 27th or until the $80,000 in matching funds have run out.




About GlobalGiving

GlobalGiving ( is the leading Internet-based network for peer-to-peer philanthropy. Our mission is to sustain a high-powered marketplace for good that connects donors directly to the causes they care most about.  Through GlobalGiving, individuals and corporations can maximize the impact of every dollar by efficiently and transparently directing their donations to projects here at home and around the world. Since its launch in 2002, GlobalGiving has helped thousands of donors give nearly $14 million to approximately 1,000 projects. GlobalGiving is based in Washington, D.C.

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