GivingTuesday’s Starling Collective is a new experimental learning lab for grassroots leaders and movement builders who are driving change in their communities. These creative, passionate leaders are working to accelerate their innovative approaches to catalyzing generosity, empathy, equity, and justice. Read the full press release.
Abdulrehman Alwy is the chairperson for Redsplash, which exists to save lives by providing blood to patients for free on time. The program is using technology to reduce blood shortages by engaging blood donors and creating a transparent blood management system. Abdulrehman is passionate about saving people’s lives and believes technology and youth can solve global problems.
Aisha Charves is working to bring the power of collaboration and volunteerism to support 500+ local families while building a replicable online program that can be adapted by other organizations. Aisha has a degree in Community Development (and Arabic) & was a Fulbright Fellow to the United Arab Emirates researching women’s leadership and social change.
Alex Tsai is working to expand The Farmlink Project, a nonprofit grassroots organization run entirely by college student volunteers. The team is innovating a new food supply chain by connecting farms with surplus produce to food insecure communities across America. Alex is a Computer Science major at Stanford University from La Jolla, California. She is a lifelong learner, a collaborative teammate, and an empathetic thinker.
Aline Vick aims to unite donors of food to the organizations and people in need throughout her community. She has a passion for social work and volunteering and she is working to increase the culture of giving in her city.
S.H.E (Safe, Healthy and Empowered) ambassadors is a community action initiative that mentors young girls to speak up and step out to reach their dreams but also be the change in the communities they live in. Barbara Kemigisa is an Uganda HIV activist and motivational speaker. As a victim of child sexual abuse, family rejection, and teenage pregnancy, she uses her story of resilience and hope to mentor and inspire other young girls to speak out.
Byron Barbieri is working to create vegetable gardens in dining rooms and community centers in Buenos Aires. Byron is 16 years old and has acted in feature films, series, advertisements, and several Argentine short films since he was 5 years old. He is a kids ambassador for Un Dia para Dar and enjoys drawing, comics and animals.
Chelsea Phaire is excited to provide art kits to more children and create satellite sites of Chelsea’s Charity. Chelsea’s Charity was started by 11-year-old Chelsea Phaire and with the help of her family, since 2019 she has delivered over 7,000 art kits to those in need.
Cheryl Low is spearheading the launch of a new corporate fundraising effort, Battle of the Bosses, as part of to increase awareness and spur more giving to charities. Cheryl is the CEO of SimplyGiving, Asia’s crowdfunding platform for social good. She is a chartered accountant and is passionate about using her skills and experience to develop sustainable business models that address social and environmental issues.
Christelle Dreyer is taking an innovative approach to generosity by sharing practical information in an artistic way, collaborating with a variety of artists with disabilities to participate in the project. Christelle was raised in Cape Town and was born with a disability named Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI). She is a visual communicator, both in dance and graphic design, sharing information for the awareness of disability inclusion.
Christy Butcher is pursuing an innovative “Fitness Premiere League” campaign to engage businesses across the Caribbean to participate in a regional fitness challenge, helping them be/get fit while raising funds for causes. Christy is a Certified Health Educator and Wellness Coach passionate about helping people reach their full potential. In 2018 she helped launch GivingTuesday Eastern Caribbean (GTEC), bringing the global generosity movement to the region.
Danislava Delcheva is the founder of Reflektor, which aims to grow generosity among the NGO sector and young people in Bulgaria to inspire giving. Through photography, the project will share stories and focus on how the power of self-awareness can make communities better. Danislava is a cultural manager and social entrepreneur with a strong background in mass media and public relations. Her focus is on stimulating social change through the means of art, culture, journalism and science.
Débora Verdan is working to produce a documentary with interviews to highlight the culture of giving in Brazil, to inspire more generosity. Débora is a journalist, and specialist in Communication and Marketing, Cultural Management and Distance Education. She is the content coordinator at Escola Aberta do Terceiro Setor.
Devonta Boston is driven to work with young artists and youth to apply posters elevating messages of Black Lives Matter, freeing your dream and freeing the kids. Born and raised on Chicago’s south side, Devonta has been involved in community organizing since 2011, focusing on youth advocacy.
Diego Da Ros is creating a program dedicated to generosity for students aged 11 to 18, focusing on the values of empathy, solidarity, and social justice. Diego co-leads the GivingTuesday Italy movement. He holds a degree in computer engineering and has worked in the non-profit sector since 2014, currently serving on the board of directors of AIFR – Associazione italiana di fundraising to spread the generosity movement throughout Italy.
Dumiso Gatsha is working to expand Queer Storytelling for Healing (QSH) – a toolkit developed and piloted through participatory community practice in three rural villages in Botswana. These villages will host LGBTIQ+ Youth who have survived suicide attempts, sexual abuse, cyber bullying, mis-pronouns and violence at home, school and in public. Dumi (they, them, their) is proudly Pan African and unequivocally non-binary queer feminist working on eliminating the barriers between grassroots experiences and global policymaking.
Emily Churchill-Smith aims to accelerate the impact of Makeflix, a creative clothing repair project that uses repair as a holistic approach to engaging with the environment, digital communities, and intergenerational knowledge. Emily is a research designer, facilitator, and writer, using participatory action research and ethnography in her design practice. She is passionate about how the stories we carry and share strengthen community and connection.
Evadne Wilkinson is working to launch a new program focused on African and Caribbean arts and cultural enrichment for children of African descent. The program is offered through The Downsview Youth Covenant, which serves children and youth of African and Caribbean descent to offer support for academics and social and emotional challenges. Evadne is a social justice advocate, and a Community Development Executive.
Fabian Mella Lukacs seeks to expand the Cuatro Vientos project, a humanitarian aid program in Chile that helps migrants enter the labor market. Fabian is a co-founder and Board Advisor of SocialAce.org, a Latin American company with a presence in Chile, Peru and Colombia, which is digitalizing the ecological and social impact market with fintech and blockchain to support NGOs and SMEs internationally.
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz is designing a communications campaign against child labor and modern slavery, with the participation of cartoonists from all continents. Fernando is a human rights activist, journalist, political consultant, and social entrepreneur.
Francisco Rojo is the founder and president of Voluntechies, a non-profit using new technologies like virtual reality, robotics, and drones to help kids in the hospital or elderly people. Francisco is a social entrepreneur and business professional. He is passionate about exponential technologies, startups, innovation, and adventure sports.
Henneke Cook is organizing a coffeeshop as a safe space for women refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants. It will serve as a center for trauma healing, development, and friendship, with good coffee as a bonus. Henneke is a former nurse, midwife, and community development worker who has increased passion for seeing women’s lives transformed by compassion and being valued.
Jahkil Jackson is organizing a virtual packing party with approximately 115 youth from across the country. The participants will join a video call to simultaneously make a total of 5,000 Blessing Bags filled with toiletry items for homeless populations in their home towns. 13-year-old Jahkil is an author, youth advocate, social entrepreneur and founder of Project I Am, a nonprofit organization he created when he was eight years old with a mission to build awareness of homelessness and to help the homeless population.
Jenifer Colpas is committed to bringing solar energy solutions (such as solar lamps, solar poles and energy systems for homes) to rural families in order to increase their well-being, productivity and security. These solutions are installed in communities that have been victims of the armed conflict in Colombia, giving them access to energy is a way to bring peace. Jenifer is passionate about rural development, and is a specialist in social responsibility and the third sector.
Jeremías Batto is on a mission to make sure that those who need it have necessary hygiene supplies and food staples to help them feel that they are not alone, that are not forgotten, and that they are a fundamental part of the community. Jeremías is an ambassador of #UnDiaParaDarAR, and is also an actor. He loves sports, cooking, and helping those who need it most.
Juan Pablo Hernández seeks to expand the Cuatro Vientos project, a humanitarian aid program in Chile that helps migrants enter the labor market. Juan Pablo is an entrepreneur focused on accelerating eco-social projects around the world. He is dedicated to conducting empirical research on inclusion issues.
Julieta Meléndez plans to co-produce five urban interventions through dance for exposure and awareness about GivingTuesday Uruguay and social causes. Julieta is an impact and development consultant, PM4R manager, and a new mom and immigrant. She is also the co-leader of GivingTuesday Uruguay
Junueth Mejia is working to empower more young Latino micro-influencers to become ambassadors and inspire generosity. Junueth is responsible for the strategy and operation of the HIPGive crowdfunding platform. Born and raised in Mexico City, she is passionate about how to leverage the amazing work of nonprofits and connecting them locally and across countries.
Karin Rupia is organizing a project to document stories of giving and generosity to inspire giving and generosity during this difficult time of COVID-19. Karin has been a GivingTuesday Tanzania global leader since 2016 and works for Foundation for Civil Society (FCS), an independent Tanzanian not-for-profit development organization that provides grants and capacity building services to Tanzanian Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
Kevia McComb is a co-lead for The Farmlink Project, a nonprofit grassroots organization run entirely by college student volunteers. The team is innovating a new food supply chain by connecting farms with surplus produce to food-insecure communities across America. Kevia is a junior at Stanford University majoring in International Relations.
Performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong founded The Auntie Sewing Squad on March 24, 2020 as a casual effort to connect with other friends sewing homemade masks for essential workers. The group has since exploded into a network of hundreds of active Aunties across the United States who have shipped tens of thousands of masks to vulnerable communities across the North American continent.
Lesein Mutunkei is organizing a football tournament to encourage local football teams to get involved in planting trees. The Trees for Goals tournament will educate players and fans about conserving the environment and inspire them to join in tree planting using the power of football. Lesein has always been adventurous and loves the outdoors. At the age of 12, he learned about deforestation and plastic pollution happening in Kenya and decided to do something to stop it.
Liubov Rainchuk is organizing a flashmob with influencers, workers in the charity sector and business partners to share their good deeds and experiences. This work coincides with an online fundraising event to promote generosity. Liubov is the head of culture of giving department in Zagoriy Foundation and GivingTuesday Ukraine co-leader. She is passionate about making giving and kindness an everyday habit.
Lyz Luke is working to expand The Pickup Sessions, a collaboration led by Living Jazz in partnership with the West Oakland Food Pantry. These live music performances aim to transform the act of standing in line for food, beverages, and essential supplies into a joyous musical celebration. Lyz is passionate about music and its ability to build community, and she loves mentoring and collaborations.
Mariam El-Khatib is a Product Manager at LaunchGood, a crowdfunding platform aimed at supporting Muslims and their projects. Mariam is working to share high-quality video stories of Muslims who are making a difference in their local communities and across the globe. Mariam is passionate about community engagement and mentorship and she leads her team in putting on LaunchGood’s annual giving challenges like the Ramadan Challenge and #GivingTuesday Challenge.
Marina Pechlivanis is creating the first Dia de Doar Kids Award to encourage Brazilian schools to engage and mobilize their students, their families, and their networks. Marina is the founding partner of Umbigo do Mundo, created in 1999 and specialized in brand positioning and corporate culture. With a masters in Communication and Consumer Practices, Marina is an author and postgraduate professor in Holistic Marketing and Knowledge Economy and Innovation.
Maya Dukes is assembling teams to remove obstacles that prevent voting access for homeless and low-income individuals to ensure every voice gets heard. In addition to distributing care packages, each group encourages homeless registrants to list a shelter address as their voting address where they could receive mail. Maya is an award-winning Creative Director and marketing leader who believes in the power of leveraging your skills and talents to make a positive impact in the world.
Me Zin Anawar is focused on creating virtual training for young adults, with a focus on design thinking, media and digital literacy, career mentorship & soft skills. Empowering citizens with quality education defines who shapes the future. Me Zin is a Human Resources Manager in Medecins Du Monde – France (Kachin Project) and also works as a volunteer in LANN. She is passionate about learning and sharing.
Michelle Jean C. Batinga is coordinating a new project, “Initiative on Making Anti-covid19 Kits for Enhanced Protection and Health” or “IMAKEPH”, that trains selected leaders from ten community organizations to collaborate and produce anti-COVID-19 kits which include liquid hand soap, alcohol/sanitizer, disinfectant and face shields in this time of the pandemic. Michelle Jean is currently the chairperson of Buklod Association and also the local facilitator assisting the community group of Tanglaw.
Nathan Williams is the co-founder and executive director of Town Hall Project, an organization dedicated to empowering Americans to have high impact conversations with their elected leaders. He aims to expand this work with a new digital presence, convention trainings and best practice calls with aid organizers and disseminating resources and effective organizing tactics to the community at large. Nathan has worked on issue and electoral campaigns across the United States and is also an award-winning independent filmmaker.
Nadeem Riaz is helping to launch “Stories of Muslims Making a Difference”, a project that shares stories of Muslims who are making a difference in their local communities and across the globe. Nadeem holds MBA in Strategic Management & Finance and is a Business Development Manager for Launchgood. He has worked in the non-profit sector for 15+ years and also serves as an adjunct professor.
Pushpa Aman Singh is bringing together otherwise competing actors to train an NGO cohort on retail fundraising through real campaigns, including learning from experts and peers and data analysis. Pushpa is a leader for GivingTuesday India and has been a matchmaker of donors and NGOs for nearly two decades, after a career in the financial services industry. After running GiveIndia as its COO, in 2009 Pushpa founded GuideStar India which has emerged as the most exhaustive source of NGO information.
Raquel Barbosa Rogoschewski is implementing a pilot project for workplace giving to facilitate and scale new paths for donations and connect donors, social organizations, and enterprises. Currently, Raquel coordinates the Social Innovation Lab at Facens University with the vision to humanize the journey of students in higher education and promotes the Doa Sorocaba to foster generosity.
Rebel Sidney Black founded The Portland Disability Justice Collective, which is sponsoring a conference on disability justice and community care (mutual aid) that will be translated into multiple languages. Rebel (they/them) is descended from African, Choctaw, French, German, and Irish ancestors who lived on land originally inhabited by the Miami, Shawnee, Osage, Chahta Yakni, Chitimacha, Houma, and Atakapa peoples. They identify as Black and as the multiracial child of multiracial parents. They are also zami (all gender loving, celibate), agender femme, and disabled. Rebel is in training to become a trauma therapist.
Rhea Muthane is working to launch Makeflix, a creative clothing repair project that uses repair as a holistic approach to engaging with the environment, digital communities, and intergenerational knowledge. The project aims to make repair an aspiration and encourages more people to keep wardrobe items for longer and to be more mindful of their consumption. Rhea is a textile designer, researcher, and artist. She has worked in the fashion industry with a focus on sustainable cultures and designing behavior change systems for public health.
Roberto Soto-Acosta is developing a social media outreach effort geared to the Puerto Rican diáspora, to engage the Island’s people in local philanthropic efforts. Roberto is a fundraising professional whose experience includes service as a non-profit executive, a consultant, and as a government official. He is a global leader who helped establish #GivingTuesdayPR.
Rose Maruru is organizing a celebration of Senegalese generosity while testing the feasibility of growing local giving. With a “Nonprofit Week” in the lead-up to GivingTuesday, this work will increase visibility of community-led groups, underpinned by data and learning. Rose is the co-founder of EPIC-Africa, a Senegal–based nonprofit startup working to increase philanthropic impact. She has previously worked for Oxfam International, African Development Bank, TrustAfrica, Population Council, Coalition for Children’s Rights, and Save the Children.
Sara Ismail is organizing Friends Beyond Borders, a project meant to minimize the gap between typical and atypical children. Through a “mystery box challenge”, the project will raise awareness and promote generosity and inclusiveness through gift-exchanging. Sara is passionate about writing, reading, and creating content. She was raised in a multicultural household, diversity and inclusiveness have always been topics close to her heart.
Sarah Cadorette is organizing efforts to ensure that 10,000 or more Bay Area residents are given an easy, safe, and direct means of voting this fall by training 200 volunteers on how to collect and deposit ballots. Sarah is a community organizer and educator, who is currently organizing with SF Bay Area Mutual Aid to ensure that neighbors in the area are supporting each other throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and beyond. In her spare time, she writes nonfiction essays about race, gender, culture, religion, and mental illness.
Sarah Lyon is working to expand the Ideas Incubator, free private sessions for organizations to learn from professional fundraisers, and plans to focus outreach to BIPOC organizations to help, learn, and grow connections. Sarah has been in fundraising for 13 years and is a CFRE. As the founder of Nova Scotia Gives More she has discovered her passion is supporting small shops and seeing them succeed on Giving Tuesday and beyond.
Sepideh Nasiri is expanding access to resources for women technologists to succeed by recruiting and training volunteers and extending the reach of programming in the United States, Canada, Sweden, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Qatar, Turkey, and Egypt. Sepideh is the CEO and Founder of Women of Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in Technology. She is an award-winning serial entrepreneur with over 16 years of experience in the tech industry, and a life-time advocate for women, diversity, and inclusion.
Silva Laukkanen is working to create an innovative approach to generosity by sharing practical information in an artistic way through interactive video, collaborating with a variety of artists with disabilities. Silva was born in Finland and currently lives and works in Austin where she creates dance opportunities for people with and without disabilities as a director of integrated dance at Art Spark Texas.
Shivani Desai is developing a mutual aid hub that maps mutual aid networks across the country, brings together organizers with regular best practice organizing calls, and seeks to assemble helpful and tangible resources to organizers. Shivani is is a socialist feminist, passionate about contributing to movement work through writing, organizing, and mobilizing collective action. She has helped organize college students, political volunteers, and fellow organizers on topics primarily focused on public health and reproductive justice.
Su Han Moh Aun is developing a peer resource center where people can learn and inspire each other by empowering youth with design thinking training. Su Han is passionate about working in community development and her dream is to provide access to quality education to everyone in Myanmar. She believes that education will create the future we want to see.
Thais Beldi is implementing a pilot project for workplace giving to facilitate and scale new paths for donations and connect donors, social organizations, and enterprises. Thais is currently the director of innovation at Facens University Center, is a member of the Global Philantropists Circle of the Synergos Institute and of the Giving Tuesday Council in Brazil (Dia de Doar). She is the president of the Alexandre e Heloisa Beldi Institute, which promotes Doa Sorocaba, a campaign that encourages the culture of giving.
Tonya Lynch is developing a multimedia public arts campaign in communities that rarely have positive moving media, focusing on images to address issues within the community and direct residents to their resources. Tonya is the founder of The Black Light Project, a project that uses the power of imagery and media to change the narrative of Black people since 2016. She uses her passion for communications and activism to bring focus to the needs of others and change the trajectory of the communities she works in.
Vincent Law is creating the Philanthrokids Giving Tuesday Ambassador Award to recognize children age 3 to 16 in kindergarten, primary and secondary schools for their participation in giving. Vincent is passionate about empowering young children with philanthropy and build their good character which benefits their psychological well being. He is experienced in teaching children, training parents, and early childhood education teachers. He is a certified fundraiser by profession and a committed volunteer.
Weerawat Mongkolchoste is working to grow a camp experience designed to empower youth in Thailand to learn more about social issues, social innovation, and social entrepreneurship. This work will happen through Nexplore, a central platform for young social changemakers in Thailand to develop professional skills, and create positive impacts in society.
Yasmyn Butcher is developing the “Fitness Premiere League” campaign to engage businesses across the Caribbean to participate in a regional fitness challenge, helping them get fit while raising funds for causes. Yasmyn has a diverse background working in training and development, human resource, and retail operations management in various industries. Currently, she toggles between being a professional vocalist and managing Writing Legends projects.
Formerly a GivingTuesday global leader for Kenya and program manager for the East Africa Philanthropy Network, Catherine has worked in the philanthropy sector for over 8 years driving conversations, research, and action in philanthropy policy and fundraising.
A former journalist and creative head, Cherisse now puts the skills she has picked up over the years in encouraging people to give back and to build positive attitudes towards people with intellectual disabilities at Special Olympics Asia Pacific.
João Paulo is CEO of the ABCR, the Brazilian Fundraisers Association. Since 2014 he has led Dia de Doar, the local version of GivingTuesday, inspiring more Brazilians to give back every year.
Estefanía has a decade of successful experience undertaking different positions in support of NGOs both in the developing world as well as more developed countries, focusing on innovation projects grounded in social impact.
Z. J. Jallah is a Senior Business Analyst at Geisinger Health Plan System in Pennsylvania. Jallah also serves as the Global Leader for GivingTuesday Liberia, and is the founder and board chair of YESLiberia, Inc.