Summary of organization/program

TakingITGlobal uses the power of online community to facilitate global education, social entrepreneurship, and civic engagement for millions of youth worldwide. Founded in 1999, the award-winning www.tigweb.org is the leading social network for global citizenship, bringing together over 340,000 members with more than 22,000 non-profit organizations across 12 languages. TakingITGlobal’s TIGed program serves over 2,400 schools in 117 countries with professional development, engaging lesson plans, and collaborative global projects.

Contact information


 19 Duncan Street, Suite #505, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 3H1

 (416) 977 9363


Geographic region

  • Head offices in Toronto, ONT and Brooklyn, NY
  • As an online community, it reaches youth globally
  • Site is also available in other languages


  • Youth primarily between the ages of 13 to 30

History/Background Information

  • TakingITGlobal was founded in 1999 by two young Canadians, Jennifer Corriero and Michael Furdyk, who were 19 and 17 at the time. They envisioned a space to facilitate youth-led change, and foster inspiration, information and involvement among young people from around the world.
  • For a detailed description of their history, visit here.
  • Since: 1999

Dominant Media Forms


web production

fine arts


graphic design


  • To be the preferred online destination for youth interested in cross-cultural expression, dialogue, networking, and collaboration.
  • To be recognized as a leader in pushing the boundaries of online community and technology as a tool for social empowerment
  • To realize the potential of young people as leaders for their local and global community development.
  • To mainstream recognition that young people are a key stakeholder in all aspects of society including national and international policy.
  • To instigate significant evolution in the present concepts of school-education by increasing global connection, meaningful use of technology and inspiring student engagement.
  • To bridge the ‘continuity gap’ that presently renders youth action ineffective, connecting all major youth activities, events, programs and initiatives in a global network.
  • Demonstrate innovation, excellence, creativity, and professionalism in the management of a 21st-century international organization that is entrepreneurial, technology enhanced, and youth-driven.

Statement of Principles

not provided


  • Global online social network and hub for civic participation
  • Content & tools for educators to facilitate rich, interactive learning experiences
  • Outreach & Collaboration tools for events, networks, campaigns, and causes
  • Research, development, and sharing of best practices on youth engagement
  • Facilitated learning experiences through workshops, webinars, and e-courses

Samples of work

  • The Kandahar Through Afghan Eyes 2010 exhibit is a series of 30 photographs accompanied by a poem or narrative created by 15 students selected from schools throughout Kandahar City. The exhibit is on display in schools, public institutions and community centres across Canada. Supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), this project was organized in conjunction with the Afghan Innovative Consulting Bureau, a community-based organization located in Kandahar province.


Funding Sources

Core Supporters:

  • Adobe Systems
  • Canadian International Development Agency
  • Cisco Systems
  • Longview Foundation
  • Microsoft
  • Pearson Foundation
  • RBC Financial Group
  • Staples Foundation for Learning
  • The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation
  • The Ontario Trillium Foundation
  • The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • The Walter & Duncan Gordon Foundation

Other Supporters:

  • Department of Canadian Heritage
  • Department of Foreign Affairs Canada
  • Engage Learning Systems
  • Fusepoint Managed Services
  • Google
  • HP
  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
  • Industry Canada
  • International Development Research Centre
  • JanRain
  • JS-Kit
  • Laidlaw Foundation
  • Magna International
  • Pingdom
  • salesforce.com foundation
  • Service Canada
  • Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
  • The Lifebridge Foundation
  • Versions by Pico and Sofa
  • Worldlingo
  • write brain
  • Zeus Technology