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GlobalGiving Connects Diamond Consumers to African Causes

Submitted by: GlobalGiving

Categories: Philanthropy & Corporate Contributions

Posted: Dec 19, 2006 – 08:00 AM EST


Participating jewelers enthusiastically embrace socially responsible diamond initiative

December 19, 2006 – Washington, DC – The “socially responsible diamonds” initiative launched in October of this year by GlobalGiving and SA Gems, managing partner of The Private Collection of South African Diamond Program in collaboration with 27 US-based retail jewelers, has already raised more than $28,000 for four high-impact, grassroots projects in Africa.

Through this program, which will be ongoing, participating jewelers are able to offer their customers an added benefit with their diamond purchases—a portion of sales is being donated to locally-run projects in Africa that were selected by SA Gems in collaboration with GlobalGiving, the global online marketplace for philanthropy. Contributions will be allocated amongst four projects, which are enabling:

  • Women in South Africa to fight the stigma of AIDS;
  • Poor communities in South Africa to install critically-needed sanitation systems;
  • Coal-dependent communities in Kenya to develop and use alternative sources of energy;
  • School girls in Burkina Faso to have a mid-day meal, improving their ability to learn.

    “Having been to South Africa and witnessed first-hand the journey of the diamonds from the mines, to the cutting table, to our store, put a personal twist on our support of this wonderful effort,” said Sue Nelson of Nelson’s Jewelers in Crystal Lake, Illinois. “It is a way to give back to the people of South Africa.”

    Retail customers have had a similarly positive response. “Our customer reaction to this program has been heartwarming,” said Ruth Katter of Jackson Jewelers in Salem, Oregon. “It is a true win for all concerned, the people in Africa, our customers, and our store.”
    Jewelers and consumers can visit www.GlobalGiving/com/private collection to learn more about these projects, see how their contributions are being used, and track project progress, all from the convenience of their computer.

    Launched in 2002 by two former World Bank executives, GlobalGiving is a new, more efficient way to give, helping potential donors navigate the complicated world of charitable giving. GlobalGiving’s Web site, www.GlobalGiving.com, enables people to discover hundreds of worthy causes and give to ones they choose. GlobalGiving has established itself as the trusted choice of thousands of donors, many corporate and organizational partners, and key funders. Since 2003, over $4 million has been directed to more than 700 projects, improving the lives of an estimated half a million people in more than 60 countries.

    About GlobalGiving®
    GlobalGiving is an online marketplace for global philanthropy that enables individuals, corporations, and other organizations to find and direct their funds to high impact, grassroots projects around the world. By aggregating many donors, GlobalGiving is creating a new source of funding for people with innovative solutions to challenging world issues. GlobalGiving receives a nominal 10% fee—one of the lowest in philanthropy—to cover the cost of building a global marketplace, finding and researching credible projects, attracting donors, and building our website.

    Corporate partners include eBay, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo, Gap, Inc., and The North Face, among others. Major funding partners include Omidyar Network, the Hewlett Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, USAID, and the Sall Family Foundation. Additional funding has been provided by the WK Kellogg Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, and HP.

  • For more information, please contact:

    Joan Ochi GlobalGiving
    Phone: 202-232-5784
    Phone 2: 202-262-3964
    Chris LaTrobe SA Gems
    Phone: 312-372-0506


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