CeBIT 2013: The "Social" in "Business" - GlobalGiving Co-founder Mari Kuraishi wins Leader in the Digital Age Award

CeBIT 2013: The "Social" in "Business" - GlobalGiving Co-founder Mari Kuraishi
                     wins Leader in the Digital Age Award

PR Newswire

HANOVER, Germany, February 12, 2013

HANOVER, Germany, February 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

How do potential donors become aware of the Kibera Film School for Kenyan slum
dwellers, of app development courses for underprivileged young people in the
UK, or of micro-credit opportunities for Sudanese entrepreneurs? The online
marketplace links donors with grassroots initiatives
worldwide. This idea - a global market for ideas, information and money that
democratizes aid and philanthropy - was particularly compelling to the Leader
in the Digital Age (LIDA) jury. The jury, consisting of economic buffs and
leadership experts and chaired by Niedersachsen's Minister of Economic
Affairs, awarded GlobalGiving co-founder Mari Kuraishi the Leader in the
Digital Age Award, in the "Newcomer" category for 2013.

"GlobalGiving has not only revolutionized the way in which people can become
involved in various issues. Its founders have also managed to constantly
expand an innovative idea to form a successful non-profit enterprise in the
course of the rapid development of digitalization," Minister Jörg Bode

In 2002, Mari Kuraishi and her former World Bank colleague Dennis Whittle
founded GlobalGiving. Their vision was to give a face to small locally-based
initiatives who might not have a promotional budget or media attention, but
have ideas worthy of support. The online platform catalogs a
wide range of tested projects from all over the world, organizing them by
regional and thematic criteria. The platform allows private and institutional
sponsors as well as CSR executives from companies to find individual
development projects, no matter whether these have social, economic or
ecological goals. The result: over the past 11 years, GlobalGiving has helped
more than 7,000 projects raise more than € 74 million in donations.

Setting new standards

"We're honoured to be recognized as a leader in the Digital Age Award - it is
a vindication of the idea of crowdsourcing great ideas to help make the world
a better place," Mari Kuraishi comments. "It's particularly gratifying to have
this be recognized outside the US, which is of course where we are based - it
validates the global reach and appeal of our enterprise."

With the prize in the "Non-profit" category, the jury of the LIDA Award also
honours Mari Kuraishi for her innovative business model. Member of the jury
and LIDA initiator Dr. Willms Buhse remarked: "Mari Kuraishi and her team have
impressively translated the principles of digitalization into practice.
GlobalGiving sets new standards for visibility and efficiency in the
procurement of social projects."

The LIDA Award in the "Non-profit" category and the other prizes in the
categories "Managers", "Pioneers" and "Entertainment" are to be presented at
the award-giving ceremony at the CeBIT on March 6^th, 2013. For more details
please go to:

A picture of Mari is ready for download at

The Leader in the Digital Age Award (LIDA Award):

The LIDA Award is presented on behalf of the Ministry of Economics, Labour and
Transport of Niedersachsen. The aim of the award is to draw attention to
future-proof management models promoting the principles of the digital age -
openness, transparency and agility - and the people who develop them. The
prize, which has been awarded since 2011, developed from cooperation between
the Ministry of Economics of Niedersachsen and more than 20 well-known German
companies under the leadership of Dr. Willms Buhse, expert for networked
cooperation and founder of the management consultancy doubleYUU. The 2013 jury
chaired by Minister Bode included the following people: Dr. Wolfram von
Fritsch, Chairman of the Board of Deutsche Messe AG, Prof. Dr. Carsten Winter,
Department of Journalism and Communication Research (IJK) at Hanover
University of Music, Drama and Media (HMTMH), Thomas Spreitzer, CMO T-Systems
International, Maria Gomez, Director Collaboration Solutions, IBM Germany,
Herbert K. Haas, CEO Talanx AG, Cordelia Krooß, Senior Community Manager BASF
and LIDA award-winner in the "Newcomers" category 2012 and Dr. Willms Buhse.

Please contact:

Ministry of Economics, Labour and Transport of Niedersachsen
Anne Neumann
T: +49-511-120-5427

Anja Hahn
T: +49-40-33429594

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