In October 2008 INTO Giving was registered as a UK education charity to raise funds for projects that help disadvantaged young people access a good education.
INTO Giving is the charitable arm of IUP, a higher education organisation that partners leading universities across the world, to provide an exceptional education experience for international students. With 20 INTO international partners, INTO Giving has access to a wealth of excellent academic research, teaching and training skills, as well as expertise in marketing, administration, communications and information technology. It made sense to use this wealth of talent and resources to help provide and improve educational access where it is needed.
INTO Giving’s launch event, the Banjul Challenge, took place in January 2009. INTO Giving supporters drove three second-hands cars from three INTO Centres to Banjul in the Gambia - a demanding drive via France, Spain, Morocco, the Western Sahara, Mauritania and Senegal - to raise funds for the charity, HELPING in the Gambia. The money raised paid for the teacher training of 11 unqualified teachers.
In 2009 INTO Giving began discussions with Project Hope in China to help raise 80% of the funds needed to rebuild a primary school destroyed in the dreadful earthquake of 2008 in the remote Shaanxi region. The funds were raised by the end of 2009, building began in early 2010 and was finished in August 2010, allowing pupils to return to school and study.
In 2010 INTO Giving also began to work with In-Community Care for Orphans (I-CCO), based in the Chawama township of Lusaka, Zambia. INTO Giving agreed to raise the rest of the funds needed to build a school for the orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) cared for by I-CCO. Building began in 2011, was completed by November 2012 and the OVCs started lessons at the new Chawama Centre for Education and Empowerment in January 2013.
Most recently INTO Giving has partnered with the HDF Mercy Project in Bangkok to help support one of their 23 schools, the Poonsab Mercy Preschool. The school provides education for children aged three to six, living in the slum districts of Bangkok. On 15th September 2014 the agreement to support the school was signed by Tom Keenan, Regional Director for East Asia, and Father Joseph Maier, founder of the HDF Mercy project.
INTO Giving is now beginning the process of setting up its own educational project in a developing country as a spur for economic development, local education capacity building and to produce a sustainable high impact on the needs of the local economy. INTO Giving hopes to collaborate with INTO's partner universities by accessing their academic research, knowledge and teaching skills to establish a centre for collaborative research and study abroad focused on one or more of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the national government’s development plan and the educational needs of the local community.
US INTO Giving was registered as a charity in the US on 30 March 2012, set up a US bank account in 2014 and was awarded 501(c)(3), tax exempt, status in October 2014 effective from 30 March 2012.
INTO Giving is the charitable arm of INTO University Partnerships and operates as a separate company registered with the UK Charities Commission.