Partnership for the Goals
SDG 17- GivingWay to Something Bigger than Yourself
Volunteerism is one of the hottest trends today. For proof, one need look no further than the GivingWay website, boasting over 135,000 volunteers for 3,519 non-profits in 126 countries. GivingWay further pushes the envelope even further by capitalizing on the latest travel and technology trends.
Founded in 2015 by Gigi Levy-Weiss, GivingWay all began when Levy-Weiss was approached by Orit Strauss Raz, who wanted to find a way to facilitate more volunteering in her community and in the world. Gigi proposed they build a marketplace for those who need volunteers, and those who are looking to volunteer.
In a manner of speaking, the GivingWay website is a global matchmaking platform for NGOs and volunteers. It encapsulates the essence of the targets outlined in the UN’s SDG number 17, i.e. “Partnerships for the Goals”, because “a successful sustainable development agenda requires partnerships between governments, the private sector and civil society”, especially with regard to helping developing countries in the area of tech. As one target reads: “Enhance…regional and international cooperation on and access to science, technology and innovation and enhance knowledge sharing.”
Partnership for the Goals Today an increasing number of businesses are focused not just on profits, but on improving communities and solving the critical challenges