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Interview with GlobalGiving’s Mari Kuraishi, Part 2: Core Values and CEO Search

On December 31, 2018, Mari Kuraishi will step down as president of GlobalGiving, which she co-founded with Dennis Whittle in 2001. Gabe Cohen, GuideStar’s senior director of marketing and communications, sat down to talk with Mari. Yesterday’s post looks at GlobalGiving’s founding and early years. Today’s post discusses GlobalGiving’s values and the qualities the organization is looking for in its next leader.

Gabe: I was looking at your website and came across the core values, and I was curious if you could talk a little bit about how they were created, if they evolved at all over the years, why you picked those values, and how they’ve played out in a meaningful way for the organization.

Mari: So the core values were something that we felt we had lived by for a long time, but we only put together formally in 2006 or 7 or so.


Interview with GlobalGiving’s Mari Kuraishi, Part 1: Launching the World’s First Crowdfunding Community

On December 31, 2018, Mari Kuraishi will step down as president of GlobalGiving, which she co-founded with Dennis Whittle in 2001. Gabe Cohen, GuideStar’s senior director of marketing and communications, sat down to talk with Mari. Todays post looks at GlobalGiving’s founding and early years. Tomorrow’s post discusses GlobalGiving’s values and the qualities the organization is looking for in its next leader.

Gabe: What is GlobalGiving?

Mari: GlobalGiving is the largest global crowdfunding community, connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. We help nonprofits from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place.


How to Measure Nonprofit Impact in 170 Countries (It’s Not What You Think!)

Photo from Isha Vidhya, first-place winner on GlobalGiving’s Top 10 Nonprofits Committed to Impact list

What would happen if you bridged two communities often overlooked in the international aid system? This is the goal that inspired two former World Bank employees to launch GlobalGiving in 2002. They wanted to connect individual donors—people whose gifts are often seen as too small to be meaningful—with local nonprofit organizations, whose impact has historically been all too easy to ignore because of their size or remoteness of their work.