Citizen Effect

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Citizen Effect
Founded 2009
Founder Dan Morrison
Type Non-governmental organization
Area served
12 countries
Mission connecting everyday citizens with philanthropic projects across the world

Citizen Effect is a Washington, D.C. based registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides citizens with the tools they need to support a small-scale philanthropy project. Originally called 1Well, Citizen Effect was founded in 2008 and has completed 100 projects around the world.[1]


Citizen Effect sponsors small-scale projects related to clean energy, education, food security, health, water and sanitation. People interested in funding a project can browse current projects on Citizen Effect’s website and sign up.[2] After choosing a project, people raise money from their social networks, receiving fundraising advice from Citizen Effect’s staff.[3] When projects are fully funded, Citizen Effect and its field partners provide regular project updates.


Dan Morrison,[4] Citizen Effect’s Founder and CEO, was working as a management consultant when he was invited to visit the Self-Employed Women's Association of India in 2008.[5] During his trip, he learned about the plight of Vachharajpur, a small village in Gujarat that lacked safe drinking water. Morrison raised $5,000 from his friends and family in the US to build a well in Vacharajpur, inspiring him to found an organization dedicated to connecting everyday citizens to at-risk communities across the world. Start-up money for Citizen Effect was provided by Google CEO Eric Schmidt.[6]


External links[edit]