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Reject the System: Disruptive Giving

Bartlomiej Jan Skorupa, Groundwork Opportunities (GO)

Money, money, money. Donors are faced with a never-ending parade of worthy causes. We want to provide clean water! We are training leaders! On and on. While working to combat poverty, modern non-profits must also navigate the game-changing social and technological innovations affecting (and sometimes overwhelming) their donors. How can charities remain mission-focused while re-imagining those relationships? Learn how DIGDEEP, UniversalGiving, and Groundwork Opportunities (GO) are disrupting the traditional giving model, by inspiring donors to become activists, advocates, and storytellers for a number of causes, in unique and unprecedented ways.
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Bartlomiej Jan Skorupa, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Groundwork Opportunities (GO) Bartlomiej holds a BA in Finance from the University of Illinois and has 10 years of working experience in strategy, management, and IT consulting, and has worked for both Accenture and Slalom Consulting. Working in various industries, Bartlomiej held numerous management positions in over a dozen Fortune 500 companies implementing efficient business practices in the USA and Europe. After a medical emergency that literally changed his vision on life, Bartlomiej has spent the past six years dedicating himself to ending extreme poverty. He does this by investing in local leaders who have the capacity to end poverty in their communities through Groundwork Opportunities (GO). When not working directly with tomorrow’s change-makers, Bartlomiej finds inspiration by simply reflecting on the glory of just being alive, right here, right now. Pamela Hawley, Founder and CEO of UniversalGiving Pamela Hawley is the founder and CEO of UniversalGiving™ (, an award-winning nonprofit that helps people give money and volunteer with vetted, quality opportunities all over the world. Opportunities range from giving $200 to help a woman in Latin America start her own business, to volunteering with children in Ghana. All projects are vetted through UniversalGiving’s trademarked, proprietary Quality Model.™ 100% of each donation goes directly to the cause. UniversalGiving Corporate assists Fortune 500 companies scale their global CSR programs worldwide, including clients such as Cisco, Gap, BHP Billiton, Fluor, Sabre, RSF Social Finance, Symantec and inovia. UniversalGiving has been featured on the homepage of BusinessWeek,, CBS, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. George McGraw, Founder and Executive Director of DIGDEEP George McGraw wants to change the way you think about water. George runs the DIGDEEP Right to Water Project in Los Angeles, which he founded. He holds a B.A. from Loyola University Chicago and an MA in International Law from the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica. He has worked for several foreign governments and for the United Nations Development Programme in Afghanistan. DIGDEEP builds sustainable water projects in South Sudan, Kenya, Cameroon, and the United States - while helping Americans better understand and conserve their resources through education programs like its 4Liter Challenge. George’s work with DIGDEEP has led to teaching positions in Kashmir, Japan, and the United States. He is a contributing author for publications including the Huffington Post and RealClear, a guest of major news outlets, and a speaker at events hosted by the Clinton Foundation, the Ford Motor Company, and TEDx.
The GO Story: GO NPR Story: George McGraw TEDx Talk: Interview with American Dreams: Interview with Devin Thorpe (Forbes journalist) for CrowdFundBeat: BusinessWeek article:

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