Building Markets Participates in Global Giving's Open Challenge

NEW YORK, NEW YORK September 01, 2012 — Building Markets is launching a campaign on Global Giving and asking for your valuable contributions.

Building Markets is in the process of diversifying its funding to enable its projects to be more flexible and provide more effective benefits to entrepreneurs in developing countries. One component of this strategy is the launch of a profile on Global Giving. But first Building Markets must meet their Open Challenge. The challenge requires Building Markets to raise $4,000 from 50 unique visitors in the month of September. For more details, see http://www.globalgiving.org/open-challenge-nomination/

“Our team at Building Markets is participating in the Global Giving Challenge. We are raising $4k to train local entrepreneurs and connect them to global markets. To date, we've helped create over 65,000 jobs in places like Afghanistan and Liberia. Your support will increase that number. If you can share our campaign, great! If you can give yourself, even better,” said Scott Gilmore, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Building Markets.

Building Markets is asking fans of the organization for small contributions of $15. Visit www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-markets to donate. By supporting Building Markets, you will be playing a significant role in private sector development and growth in developing countries. More specifically, you will help build capacity of small and medium enterprises, create jobs, maximize the potential of the economic impact of aid, and reduce poverty in developing countries throughout the world.

To learn more about the Challenge, please visit buildingmarkets.org or www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-markets or call our offices at +1.212.922.0283 or +1.613.233.6711.

About Building Markets

Founded in 2004, the organization’s mission is to build markets, create jobs and sustain peace in developing countries by championing local entrepreneurs and connecting them to new business opportunities. 

Operating in Afghanistan, Haiti and Liberia, and formerly in Timor-Leste, Building Markets has redirected over $1 billion into these local economies and created more than 65,000 full-time equivalent jobs. Its innovative projects help local entrepreneurs engage with global supply chains through access to tenders, training, and other business development services. In 2010, the Skoll Foundation recognized Building Markets as one of a handful of social enterprises affecting measurable and sustainable change in the developing world.  U.S. President Obama awarded the organization the G20 SME Finance Challenge prize at the annual heads of state gathering in Seoul, Korea in November 2010. For more information, please visit www.buildingmarkets.org

Building Markets is supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID), the Skoll Foundation, Humanity United, and BHPB Billiton.