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Devin D. Thorpe

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Introducing iguacu: A First-of-its-Kind Nonprofit Service for Effective and Easy Global Giving

Press Release – BOSTON, MA and LONDON, UK – October 24, 2017 – Do you ever feel powerless when thinking about the families caught up in the civil war in Syria or the starvation in South Sudan? Now, that no longer has to be the case. Enter iguacu—a new kind of nonprofit, independent giving service—that is launching today to empower effective, large-scale public action where it’s most needed around the world. Indeed, a survey conducted by DJS Research Ltd shows strong demand for a service that identifies effective charities in overseas crises, and simplifies international giving.

“The word iguacu means ‘big water’ and is the name of a great river and a huge and magnificent waterfall in South America,” said Katherine Davies, CEO and founder of iguacu. “If we think of each of us as a drop of water, consider the immense power we can have by coming together. We can make a greater impact on human suffering than we ever thought was possible.”

In the regions that iguacu covers—currently, Syria, South Sudan, Haiti, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, and Myanmar—charities often have extra barriers to surmount to help those in great need. For example, in many war-torn areas, there are no usable roads or stable governments. Yet, there are organizations that are overcoming these challenges and providing aid where it’s most needed.

How can people without the time or expertise discover these charities? iguacu, uniquely, has built extensive networks of experts close to each region. These experts—drawn from development agencies, private sector and community associations, and inter-governmental bodies—know and understand the local challenges and identify charities that are effective on the ground. From there, iguacu’s trained researchers conduct further analyses—assessing the financial need and charities’ accountability, transparency, governance and humanitarian principles. Each recommended charity must also have a restricted appeal to ensure that donors’ money goes right to the country in crisis, and not to their other operations.

Experience the joy of giving to these inspiring and impactful charities! Visit iguacu’s online platform,, to:

  • Understand and connect with the countries iguacu covers through compelling blogs, videos and stories.
  • Select the regions you want to help and make a donation (one-time or monthly).
  • Stay current on the conditions in these countries. Subscribe to iguacu’s monthly newsletter with the latest updates from the ground.
  • Deepen your involvement with iguacu, and engage with other community members through Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.
  • Monthly donors will also receive a regular impact report via email, tailored to their giving choices.

“iguacu identifies those charitable organizations who are doing the most effective relief and charitable work using a large on the ground based intelligence organization combined with data analytics. As a result, donors know that their donation is having the greatest impact. This is why I’m involved. They offer the key information regarding the places that can most benefit,” said James R. Doty, M.D., Professor of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Founder and Director of the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). Dr. Doty is also a member of iguacu’s Panel of Senior Advisors.

Unleash your potential to help those who are suffering, and go to today.

About iguacu

iguacu (pronounced igwah-soo) is a nonprofit, independent giving service to empower the public to support effective charities in regions experiencing serious humanitarian crises. iguacu’s worldwide intelligence network identifies truly effective charities on the ground addressing the key humanitarian challenges so that the public can donate with confidence. Become part of iguacu’s community, and experience the joy of effective giving to those in great need.

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