We feel so privileged at Good Grants to provide and support so many organisations that work to power social good around the world. From grant and funding programs to scholarships and more, we are constantly inspired by the incredible good work people do around the globe to improve our world.
That’s why we’re excited to give back in our own ways on this GivingTuesday, a global movement that inspires people to give back and to do some good.
What is GivingTuesday?
GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity year-round.
It’s simple to get involved! You can connect with GivingTuesday in your country and find resources, activities, events, and ways to participate.
How our team is giving back
Our team at Creative Force (the team behind Good Grants) is a fully remote, globally distributed company, which means we’re located all across the world. And, our passions and interests are just as diverse.
Our company is a proud participant of Pledge 1%, a corporate philanthropy movement that encourages and challenges individuals and companies to pledge equity, profit, product and employee time for their communities.
In 2020, we donated some 3.5% of net profit primarily to environment and nature conservation charities––organisations like the Australian Conservation Foundation, Sea Shepherd, Earth Protectors, Climate Council, World Bicycle Relief and more.
This year, for GivingTuesday, we decided to also participate by giving back to our own individual communities and interests, providing both our time and financial support to the causes we care about.
Here are just a few of the great initiatives our team got involved with for #GivingTuesday!
For the good of health…and community
Diya (client success)
Diya is giving back to her community through the organisation GoodGym, which combines regular exercise with helping the community. From tree plantings to helping the local aging population, this group chooses active community projects in lieu of the traditional gym.
For this year’s GivingTuesday, Diya is joining a GoodGym mission to do some gardening and yard work for a local elderly man who lives alone and was recently scammed.
For a cleaner neighborhood
Sean (client success)
Sean chose to pick up litter for GivingTuesday near his home in England.
“It’s a pretty popular walk that does tend to end up with a lot of litter so I thought this would be a nice way to make a difference in the community.”
For the children
Narelle spent time volunteering at a local orphanage for GivingTuesday in her current residence of Morelia, Mexico.
The orphanage just moved to a new house, which needs a lot of work, and Narelle jumped in to provide sandwiches and support for the volunteers and helped shop for basic supplies and blankets for the children.
For those less fortunate
Kanishka worked with friends to organise help for people in a rural area of Sri Lanka with high poverty. They donated four computers to local students with brilliant school records to help with school work and Zoom classes. They also donated food and supplies to poor families in the area.
For refugees and the forest
Zoë had a donation made to SOS MEDITERRANEE, an organisation saving refugee lives by going out on boats to save people from the deadliest migration route. Since Zoë could not actually volunteer with this organisation, she went with her son’s school class to plant trees in an urban location in Lyon where they helped create a new “Miyawaki forest,” supported by the city of Lyon. “The kids were amazing; we were so proud.”
For the homeless
Craig supported The Breakfast Club this GivingTuesday, which helps the homeless population and low-income families. “They do so much good in our little slice of the world. They try to arrange daily meals, medical support, counselling and anything else they can possibly do to help out.”
Craig and his family bought Christmas gifts for the families and groceries for their food drive, and Craig volunteered his marketing skills to help them get more donations and redo their website.
For the Navajo people
Monument Valley, Arizona
Lindsay ran a marathon in the Monument Valley Tribal Park this month, and volunteered after the race with the nonprofit that organised the event called NavajoYES, which works to get Navajo children outdoors and provides a bicycle donation program.
After the race, she served as a volunteer photographer for the local Navajo festivities, which featured traditional Navajo singing and hoop dancing.
For entrepreneurs fighting global warming
Clément donated to a French nonprofit called Time for the Planet, which is fundraising with a system of shareholders (who can vote for projects but will never earn any dividend) in order to create 100 companies aiming to make the world a better place to live in.
Companies are carefully selected based on their capacity to help solve one or many of the 20 identified issues causing greenhouse gas.
For more humane technology
Eyal, from our engineering team, donated to the Center for Humane Technology, which is working to make technology more humane.
“As an employee in the tech industry I feel especially connected to this cause and feel grateful there are people in this world working hard to help make sure tech plays a positive and constructive role in society moving forward.”
Learn more about our company and our commitment to Pledge 1%.