Friday, February 20, 2009 was launched nine months ago by a group of Wharton students as a way of using social networks to connect education with the developing world. The group has so far attracted more than 200 lenders and has partnerships in China, India, Uganda, Ecuador and Kenya with the goal of creating a global community of individuals connected through their belief in the power of education to change people's lives.

What distinguishes Givology from other organizations is a philosophy of building lasting sponsor-student relationships and cross-cultural communication. Using messaging and blogging system, donors can send messages to a student, as well as receive updates on their progress. Each quarter or semester, student letters, progress updates, and academic documentation are all posted on Givology to allow donors to track their impact in the lives of an individual or a community.

Read an interview with the creators of at Knowledge@Wharton.

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