Innovative, Passionate Changemakers

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.

Meet the Cohort
Abdulrehman Alwy
Kenya
Mombasa, Kenya

Abdulrehman Alwy is the chairperson for Redsplash, which exists to save lives by providing blood to patients for free on time. Abdulrehman is passionate about saving people’s lives and believes technology and youth can solve global problems.

Red Splash
Aisha Charves
United States
Santa Cruz, California, United States

Aisha Charves is building a replicable online program to support 500+ local families. She has a degree in Community Development (and Arabic) & was a Fulbright Fellow to the United Arab Emirates.

Volunteer Center Santa Cruz County
Alexandra Tsai
United States
La Jolla, California, United States

Alex Tsai is working to expand The Farmlink Project to reimagine the food supply chain by connecting farms with surplus produce to food-insecure communities across America. Alex is a Computer Science major at Stanford University.

The Farmlink Project
Aline Vick
United States
Pirassununga, São Paulo, Brazil

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.

Doa Pirassununga
Barbara Kemigisa
Uganda
Hoima Oil City, Uganda

Barbara Kemigisa is an HIV activist and motivational speaker who is founding S.H.E (Safe, Healthy and Empowered) ambassadors, an initiative that mentors young girls to speak up and step out to be the change in their communities.

SHE Ambassadors
Byron Barbieri
Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Byron Barbieri is working to create vegetable gardens in dining rooms and community centers in Buenos Aires. Byron is 16 years old and is a kids ambassador for Un Dia para Dar and enjoys drawing, comics and animals.

Huerteros Byron
Chelsea Phaire
United States
Danbury, Connecticut, United States

11-year-old Chelsea Phaire is excited to provide art kits to more children and create satellite sites of Chelsea’s Charity. Chelsea, with the help of her family, has delivered over 7,000 art kits to those in need since 2019.

Chelsea’s Charity
Cheryl Low
Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cheryl Low is spearheading a new corporate fundraising effort, Battle of the Bosses, to increase awareness and spur more giving to charities. Cheryl is the CEO of SimplyGiving, Asia’s crowdfunding platform for social good.

SimplyGiving
Christelle Dreyer
South Africa
Cape Town, South Africa

Christelle Dreyer collaborates with a variety of artists with disabilities to share information in an artistic way. Christelle was born with a disability named Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), and is a visual communicator, raising awareness of disability inclusion.

Christy S. N. Butcher
Saint Lucia
Castries, Saint Lucia

Christy Butcher is launching the “Fitness Premiere League” to engage businesses across the Caribbean to get fit while raising funds for causes. Christy is a Certified Health Educator and Wellness Coach and helped launch GivingTuesday Eastern Caribbean.

GivingTuesday Eastern Caribbean
Danislava Delcheva
Bulgaria
Sofia, Bulgaria

Danislava Delcheva is the founder of Reflektor, which aims to grow generosity among the NGO sector and young people in Bulgaria. Through photography, the project will focus on how the power of self-awareness can make communities better.

REFLEKTOR
Débora Verdan
Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil

Débora Verdan is producing a documentary 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.

Fundação José de Paiva Netto
Devonta Boston
United States
Chicago, Illinois, United States

Devonta Boston is working with young artists and youth to apply posters and elevate messages of Black Lives Matter, freeing your dream and freeing the kids. From Chicago’s south side, Devonta has been involved in community organizing since 2011.

TGi Movement
Diego Da Ros
Italy
Milano, Italy

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.

GivingTuesday Italy
Dumiso Gatsha
Francistown, Botswana

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.

Success Capital Organisation
Emily Churchill-Smith
Canada
Montreal, Canada

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.

Evadne Wilkinson
Canada
Toronto, Canada

Evadne Wilkinson is working to launch a new program focused on African and Caribbean arts and cultural enrichment for children of African descent.

The Downsview Youth Covenant
Fabian Mella Lukacs
Chile
Santiago, Chile

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

SocialAce
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz
France
Strasbourg, France

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz is designing a 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.

Cartoons For Change
Francisco Rojo
Spain
Madrid, Spain

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.

Voluntechies
Henneke Cook
Greece
Athens, Greece

Henneke Cook is organizing a coffee shop as a safe space for women refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants. The Hephzibah Project will serve as a center for trauma healing, development, and friendship, with good coffee as a bonus.

Jahkil Jackson
United States
Chicago, Illinois, United States

13-year-old Jahkil Jackson is organizing a virtual packing party with approximately 115 youth across the country. Participants will join a video call to make a total of 5,000 Blessing Bags filled with toiletry items for homeless populations.

Project I Am
Jenifer Colpas
Colombia
Cartagena, Colombia

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.

Tierra Grata
Jeremías Batto
Argentina
Buenos Aires, Argentina

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 and are not forgotten. Jeremías is an ambassador of #UnDiaParaDarAR.

#UnDiaParaDarAR
Juan Pablo Hernández
Chile
Santiago, Chile

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.

SocialAce
Julieta Meléndez
Uruguay
Montevideo, Uruguay

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, and the co-leader of GivingTuesday Uruguay

GivingTuesday Uruguay
Junueth Mejia
United States
Oakland, California, United States

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.

Hispanics in Philanthropy
Karin Rupia
Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Karin Rupia is documenting 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.

GivingTuesday Tanzania
Kevia McComb
United States
New York, New York, United States

Kevia McComb is a co-lead for The Farmlink Project, which connects farms with surplus produce to food-insecure communities across America. Kevia is a junior at Stanford University majoring in International Relations.

The Farmlink Project
Kristina Wong
United States
Los Angeles, California

Kristina Wong founded The Auntie Sewing Squad to connect friends sewing masks for essential workers. The network now has hundreds of Aunties and has shipped tens of thousands of masks to vulnerable communities.

Auntie Sewing Squad
Lesein Mutunkei
Kenya
Nairobi, Kenya

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.

Trees for Goals
Liubov Rainchuk
Ukraine
Kyiv, Ukraine

Liubov Rainchuk is organizing a flashmob with influencers, the charity sector, and business partners to share their good deeds and experiences. Liubov is the head of culture of giving department in Zagoriy Foundation and GivingTuesday Ukraine co-leader.

Zagoriy Foundation
Lyz Luke
United States
Oakland, California, United States

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 essential supplies.

Living Jazz
Mariam El-Khatib
United States
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Mariam El-Khatib is a Product Manager at LaunchGood, a crowdfunding platform aimed at supporting Muslims and their projects. Mariam is working to share video stories of Muslims who are making a difference.

LaunchGood
Marina Pechlivanis
Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil

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.

Dia De Doar Kids
Maya Dukes
United States
Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Maya Dukes is assembling teams to remove obstacles that prevent voting access for homeless and low-income individuals and encourage homeless registrants to list a shelter address as their voting address.

Enough Protest
Me Zin Anawar
Myanmar
Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar

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.

Michelle Jean C. Batinga
Philippines
Cabanatuan City, Philippines

Michelle Jean C. Batinga is coordinating a new project, “Initiative on Making Anti-Covid-9 Kits for Enhanced Protection and Health”, that trains selected leaders from ten community organizations to collaborate and produce anti-COVID-19 kits.

Nathan Williams
United States
Portland, Oregon, United States

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.

Town Hall Project
Nadeem Riaz
United States
Rancho Cucamonga, California, United States

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.

LaunchGood
Pushpa Aman Singh
India
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Pushpa Aman Singh is bringing together otherwise competing actors to train an NGO cohort on retail fundraising. Pushpa is a leader for GivingTuesday India and has been a matchmaker of donors and NGOs for nearly two decades

GivingTuesdayIndia
Raquel Barbosa Rogoschewski
Brazil
Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil

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.

Doa Sorocaba
Rebel Sidney Black
United States
Portland, Oregon, United States

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.

Portland Disability Justice Collective
Rhea Muthane
India
Belgaum, Karnataka, India

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.

Roberto Soto-Acosta
Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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. He is a global leader who helped establish #GivingTuesdayPR.

#GivingTuesdayPR
Rose Maruru
Senegal
Dakar, Senegal

Rose Maruru is organizing a celebration of Senegalese generosity while testing the feasibility of growing local giving. Rose is the co-founder of EPIC-Africa, a Senegal–based nonprofit startup working to increase philanthropic impact.

EPIC-Africa
Sara Ismail
Romania
Bucharest, Romania

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 promote generosity and inclusiveness through gift-exchanging.

CONIL Association Romania
Sarah Cadorette
United States
Oakland, California, United States

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. Sarah is a community organizer and educator, who is currently organizing with SF Bay Area Mutual Aid.

Sarah Lyon
Canada
Nova Scotia, Canada

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. Sarah is the founder of Nova Scotia Gives More.

Nova Scotia Gives More
Sepideh Nasiri
United States
San Francisco, California, United States

Sepideh Nasiri is expanding resources for women technologists with expanded programming in the U. S., Canada, Sweden, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Lebanon, Qatar, Turkey, and Egypt.

Women Of MENA In Technology
Silva Laukkanen
United States
Austin, Texas, United States

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.

Shivani Desai
United States
Washington, DC, United States

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 resources for organizers.

Town Hall Project
Su Han Moh Aung
Myanmar
Yangon, Myanmar

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.

LANN
Thais Beldi
Brazil
Sorocaba, São Paulo, Brazil

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.

Doa Sorocaba
Tonya J. Lynch
United States
Greenville, North Carolina, United States

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.

The Black Light Project
Vincent Law
Hong Kong
North Point, Hong Kong

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.

PhilanthroKids
Weerawat Mongkolchoste
Thailand
Bangkok , Thailand

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.

Nexplore
Yasmyn Butcher
Saint Lucia
Castries, Saint Lucia

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.