Challenge by Microsoft
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Microfunding Opportunities for Nonprofits on Give For Youth

Microfunding Opportunities for Nonprofits on Give For Youth

Does your nonprofit have inspiring microprojects that help young people realize their potential? Enter the Give for Youth Challenge for a chance to raise funds on Give for Youth.

The Specifics

We know that when it comes to changing the world, we can’t underestimate the power of young people. That’s why the Give for Youth microgiving portal helps nonprofits like yours support young people all over the world. Submit your nonprofit now for a chance to have your microprojects funded on Give for Youth.

Give for Youth, a Microsoft YouthSpark program in partnership with GlobalGiving, helps nonprofits reach new donors and crowd fund for their projects. In addition funds raised during the challenge phase will be matched by Microsoft up to $100,000 across the 20 featured organizations.

UPDATE: Due to the overwhelming response of donors, the $100,000 in matching funds was claimed in the first hour. Microsoft wants to continue to encourage donations and will be providing an additional $100,000 in matching funds.

We’re looking for U.S.-based nonprofits that empower youth— anything from supporting aspiring entrepreneurs to helping young people find employment or education opportunities. Enter your nonprofit and it could be one of twenty that will get the chance to raise funds for these projects on Give for Youth.

Submit your nonprofit from January 7 to February 1 (noon Pacific Time). Our judges will select which organizations go on to the voting round, then we’ll open public voting starting from February 18 to March 1 (noon Pacific Time). The top-voted submission will be announced on March 7 pending verification of eligibility. To learn more, see official rules and eligibility requirements.

Connect with this challenge on Twitter at @GOODmkr and @msftcitizenship and join the conversation via #youthspark.

Submission tips:

  • Include a photo or video that represents your ideas. Photos should be in JPG, PNG, or GIF format, at least 570 × 345 pixels and no larger than 10MB. To include a video, use a YouTube URL.
  • If you have any questions, please review these FAQs or send us an email at

Rules & Regulations

  • This Challenge is open for submissions from January 7 to February 1 (noon Pacific Time).
  • Only U.S.-based nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Read the full eligibility requirements.
  • Submitted nonprofits must focus on helping youth and have projects that will be able to be activated through monetary support that winning nonprofits may raise on the Give for Youth site. Nonprofits will be featured on this page and public voting will be open from February 18 to March 1 (noon Pacific Time).
  • The 20 nonprofits with the most votes will have the opportunity to participate on the Give for Youth micro-giving portal, where they will be eligible to raise funds and match grants from Microsoft, up to $100,000 across all nonprofits.
  • If notified as a winner, you will have 10 business days to complete the due diligence requirements as stated in the legal rules in order to be eligible on the Give for Youth portal.
  • You must be a U.S. resident and 13 years or older in order to vote.
  • In order to vote, log in with your GOOD account. If you don’t have a GOOD account, it’s free to join. All you need is an email address or a Facebook account to register. You will be emailed a link that you need to click in order to validate your address.
  • Read all the rules.

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I believe there is no better example than the inspiring nonprofit, Break Away. They've created a model of sustainable crowd sourcing that has and will inspire youth across the US. First, Break Away inspires and equips students with the skills they need through various, top-down, training and volunteer trips. Then, those students return to their respective college and run reoccurring issue-based trips with a selected community. The community is then inspired by the direct impact and sustainable commitment to lifelong improvement. Break Away's main goal: inspire youth to consider their community as a priority before making a decision. Don't just take my word for it. Please, take a look at their candidate page and see for yourself that they are here to change our society from the bottom up.

by Mhotmer
almost 3 years ago | Reply

Matt?! Love, love, love the comment -- want to post it directly to our voting page?

by bouckkei
almost 3 years ago | Reply

Livestock for Life is a fantastic project where AIDS orphans are giving a hand up, not a hand out. They learn business, budgeting, husbandry and veterinary skills, while growing their herds. In a short period of time, they become business people, able to care for themselves and ending the cycle of poverty. Thanks for letting us be a part of this great challenge.

by AFCAids
almost 3 years ago | Reply

The youth today NEED as many positive views, ideas, and new ways to make positive changes in our world and lives. What a wonderful way to guide and teach them something besides anger, hatred, and destruction, and learning all the wonderful benefits to achieving positve goals for their communities, and in turn spread this idea on to "Pay It Forward" for the greater good of all!!
Great work!!

by celiacs unite
about 3 years ago | Reply

Your microprojects funded on
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Submission Began
Monday, January 07

Submission Ended
Friday, February 01
at 12:00 PM PST

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Voting Began
Monday, February 18

Voting Ended
Friday, March 01
at 12:00 PM PST

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"Be the Change..." Help Stop Bullying
"Be the Change..." Help Stop Bullying

Winner Announced
Friday, March 08

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