Why should I volunteer through give & grow (instead of contacting the organization directly)?
You won’t find most of our projects online. This is why they are here. Some do have their own website, but with us you have: Direct contact, individual consulting, travel guides, free support and more.
How does give & grow work?
Super easy: check out the NGO’s you like for free. Once you would like to get in touch or apply for a volunteering pay a membership fee and get started.
See our “How it works” page for details.
Who is give & grow?
give & grow is a social start-up from Cologne. Kathrin founded the project after coming back from her world trip. Read the full story here.
What does NGO mean?
NGO is a short form for non-governmental organizations. This includes different kinds of aid organizations that are independent from governments.
You most probably know huge organizations that are working in the non-profit sector. This platform is special because all the projects here are local grassroots initiatives.
Why aren't the projects on give & grow certified or officially charitable according to the law?
Well, German laws are quite strict. It is nearly impossible for small organizations to fulfill the requirements to be non-profit according to the German law. This is why our NGO’s are doing good work, but they are not certified.
Can I get a tax certification for my donation?
This is unfortunately not possible as the organization itself has to be certified. But, in Germany you don’t need a proof for your taxes in case your donation is below 100 Euro.
How do you finance the platform?
We dedicate 100% of our time to support you in supporting others. This is why we take the membership fee to cover our own costs.
The NGO’s don’t pay anything to appear on the website. Our main goal is to give them a voice, without asking for money.
How much of my donation is actually ending up with the organization?
100% ! The money goes straight to the NGO through PayPal and doesn’t even touch our bank account. PayPal itself takes a commission of 2,2%.
How do you make sure the organizations are working sustainable?
First, they are all going through our selection and evalution process. We visit them at their project and we talk to them in short intervals.
The question is also: What does sustainability mean? We feel this includes financial, social and ecological sustainability. They might not be perfect from the beginning and for example not financially sustainable. But this is why we are here 🙂
We also make sure they contribute to UN Sustainable Development Goals 2030 (SDG’s – see more information here).
How do you select NGO's for the platform and how do you evaluate if they are doing good work?
Amazing question! We have a evaluation process and we also visit the projects ourselves. We feel like even tough modern opportunities like internet calls and reports are nice, nothing beats the personal contact and experience on site.
Check our our selection and evaluation process here.
Why should I support small NGO's?
For the same reason you should support small businesses: the money goes straight to the cause and stays with the local community.
Many big organizations have huge overhead costs (staff, marketing, offices …). Local grassroots organization take the money right to the cause without loosing it on the way.
What do you use the membership fees for?
With the membership fee we cover the costs of the platform itself. Marketing, web hosting, working hours.
We want to be financially sustainable and this is why we came up with this business model.
How can I contact volunteer organizations?
Once you found a project you like, you can join give & grow as a member and apply for as many volunteering opportunites as you like.
First you will get in touch with us and we will check your skills and motivation. Afterwards we will give you the direct contact to the organization itself and you are ready to go.
What kind of qualifications do I need to volunteer?
This depends on the work you would like to do. You should always ask yourself: What can I give to the organization? What am I really good at?
It is vital to us that both sides benefit from the volunteering. Both sides can learn from each other, but this only possible as long as we check that you fit together.
And of course: English is always a good idea.
Why do I have to pay to volunteer abroad?
The local NGO’s you are helping are taking all their money for the cause and try to solve the problem they are facing.
Every volunteer that comes to help doesn’t take a local job, but adds their personal qualifications to the project. While you are there they can’t afford to pay you and even have extra costs: meals, transport and accomodation.
On this platform you pay 100% to the projects and only for the expenses of the NGO. This way you help with your hands and at the same time generate more money for the NGO while staying with them. win-win-win!
How can I prepare for my trip?
Really good questions because a volunteering trip is something that actally needs some planning in advance. We help you with that.
We are currently working on an online course and you can contact us now already for consulting.
And on top of that: the whole give & grow community can help you as well!
FAQ for NGO’s
How can I be a part of give & grow?
Really cool that you like our concept. You can use any contact form or mail adress to get in touch with us.
Please be aware that we only accept organization we visited ourselves or someone we trust did.
Therefore: Feel free to contact us but your listing can only be accepted after a detailed examination.
Do I have to pay for the listing on your platform?
No, absolutely not.
We believe that you have an important message more people need to hear about.
Therefore we want to help you and at the same time it is important to us that you keep the ressources with the project itself.
Why are you different and why should I trust you?
give & grow is about honest encounters and spreading the message of those who need to be heard.
We can not tell you to trust us. Contact us and see for yourself.