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GIVIT—Connecting those in need with those willing to give

The idea for GIVIT was born in 2008 when Juliette Wright's newborn son Hudson grew from size 000 to 00 in a relatively short period of time, and she wanted to donate his unworn baby clothes directly to someone in need.

"Trying to give away our baby clothes gave me huge insight into the gap we had in Australia to give directly to those in need," Juliette said. She also realised that charities needed specific items to help lift their clients out of poverty, rather than being overloaded with the items that people no longer want.

Six months later in 2009, Juliette launched an online platform, GIVIT, to connect those in need with those willing to give. Through GIVIT, charities can list the urgent needs of their clients and members of the community can go online and list the quality items they have available to gift. The GIVIT portal then automatically matches charities requests with donor pledges.

From small beginnings, GIVIT soon evolved into a national network. In 2011, when Queensland was hit by devastating floods, they partnered with the state government to manage the donation of goods and services during the natural disaster. The GIVIT website received 1.8 million hits in 10 days and more than 33,500 goods were matched over a three week period.

Today, almost 1100 of Australia's most trusted charities are supported by GIVIT and more than 220,000 requests for goods and services have been matched with the resources of community and corporate donors.

Juliette was announced as Australia's Local Hero 2015 at the Australian of the Year Awards and recently won The Australian Innovation Challenge award.

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Last updated
18 July, 2017

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