GIVIT is a national not-for-profit connecting those who have with those who need, in a private and safe way.
GIVIT works to alleviate poverty in Australia by ensuring every community service provider has what it needs through the simple act of giving. GIVIT is free to use and makes giving easy by allowing you to see exactly what is required by vulnerable community members.
GIVIT supports all agencies, services and charities in Australia who work directly with impoverished, marginalised and vulnerable people. GIVIT makes it easier for organisations to empower their clients and improve quality of life by obtaining the items they require through the website, at no cost. The unique virtual warehouse eliminates the need for organisations to store, sort and dispose of unwanted items, saving valuable time and resources.
GIVIT’s story begins with Founder and CEO Juliette Wright. Following the birth of Juliette’s second child in 2008, she was surprised at the struggle she endured trying to donate second-hand baby clothes to someone in need. Instead, local charities were desperately searching for essential items such as sanitary products for women who had fled domestic violence and steel-capped boots to enable unemployed fathers to secure work. Juliette quickly realised it wasn’t about overloading charities with items but instead recognising the specific needs they had to help pull their clients out of poverty. She also realised many charities had no way of communicating their exact needs. Juliette decided to create an online platform where every charity in Australia could obtain exactly what they needed through the simple act of giving.
Within six months, Juliette had set up the website and recruited 15 charities to request items. A donated bike enabled a single mother to get to work and a donated microwave heated meals for a man who had recently lost his wife and was unable to cook. Within a few weeks, more than 80 charities were requesting items and GIVIT quickly turned into a national network, connecting thousands of Australians wanting to support hundreds of charities.
The online platform continued to grow and was integral to recovery during 2011 when Queensland was hit by devastating floods and an overwhelming number of people desperately needed essential items to help rebuild their lives. Then-Premier Anna Bligh turned to Juliette for help and GIVIT became the state government’s official website for matching donors and recipients so charities weren’t swamped with excess goods. The GIVIT website received 1.8 million hits in 10 days and more than 33,500 goods were matched in three weeks. This led to the establishment of a dedicated GIVIT Disaster Recovery service.
In 2013, the Queensland Government entered into an official partnership with GIVIT for the management of all donated goods and services, including corporate offers of assistance, during the recovery phase of natural disasters. GIVIT is now the only reliable source of exactly what is needed in disaster response and recovery.
GIVIT operates with very low operational overheads and is a volunteer-based organisation. Our team members are committed advocates for GIVIT and passionate about alleviating the effects of poverty in the community.
If you would like to join the GIVIT team, check here for opportunities.
Juliette Wright – Founder and CEO of GIVIT
Driven and inspired, Juliette Wright is on a mission to alleviate the effects of poverty across Australia. Establishing an online platform in 2009 to connect those who have with those who need, Juliette is changing how society helps its most vulnerable.
Founder and CEO of GIVIT, Juliette created the portal to ensure quality goods easily get to where they are most needed by safely connecting and inspiring an online network of givers. In 2011 when Queensland was hit by devastating floods, GIVIT became the state government’s official website for matching donations – with 1.8 million hits resulting in more than 33,500 goods matched over a three week period.
Juliette’s vision, hard work and determination have resulted in hundreds of thousands of donations being distributed across Australia, earning her the title of Australia’s Local Hero 2015. Juliette also launched GIVIT Kids, a safe online platform enabling children to give new and preloved belongings.
Greg Goebel - GIVIT Board Chairman
Greg Goebel is an experienced Executive Director and CEO with extensive knowledge of the Not-for-Profit and Public Sector. He has chaired and serves on several Boards and specialises in providing an entrepreneurial approach to the development of strategy and service development. Greg was the Executive Director of the Australian Red Cross Queensland for 11 years, managing Queensland operations from 2000-2011 with 620+ staff, 4,800 volunteers, 2,800 members and annual service delivery budget in excess of $41m with service delivery across 120 locations throughout Queensland.
Greg is presently on many boards including Chair of Inclusive Brisbane Board, Urban Futures Brisbane Board, Australian Commonwealth Games Association Inc, Commonwealth Games Foundation and Archery Australia National Board.
Other positions include:
Marcus Engeman - General Manager
Marcus Engeman is an experienced not-for-profit leader and joined GIVIT in 2016 as General Manager – Operations. His role is to lead the Operational, Finance and Human Resources functions of the organisation, ensuring judicious management and governance to deliver a high quality, industry leading and low risk provision of GIVIT’s services.
Prior to joining GIVIT, Marcus performed the role of Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary in the medical research sector and senior roles at the Queensland University of Technology.
Marcus has played a leading role in a number of major projects including the creation of the Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute and the planning, construction, delivery and operation of the Centre for Children’s Health Research at the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
Marcus has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business and Post-Graduate qualifications in Finance and Accounting.
Ron Arnold - Group General Manager, IAG Ventures
Ron currently leads the Ventures function in IAG, which investigates, builds and invests in new technologies and businesses that could impact the IAG Group.
Before entering the insurance industry, Ron held several senior positions in the Commonwealth and State Governments including Assistant Commissioner with the Productivity Commission where he worked on a wide variety of industry reviews; and Assistant Secretary with the Queensland Treasury, focusing on the commercialisation of government businesses, asset sales and negotiation of mining rights.
After working for Government, Ron spent ten years at Suncorp in a number of senior positions in operations, corporate affairs, marketing, legal and strategic development within the AAMI business.
After leaving Suncorp, Ron worked for six years in the IAG Direct Insurance business. His most recent role before leading IAG Ventures was as Executive General Manager Marketing, Reputation and the CTP, in which he was responsible for the NRMA Insurance, SGIO and SGIC brands.
Ron holds a Bachelor of Economics, and has completed the INSEAD Advanced Management Program.
Jonathan Corby - Partner, Clayton Utz
Jonathan Corby has more than two decades' experience as a strategic adviser to government, corporations and not-for-profit organisations, including joint venture and collaborative relationships, licensing and commercialisation advice and mergers and acquisitions negotiations.
He is special counsel for Clayton Utz's Corporate Advisory Group, and has assisted a diverse group of clients, including the Department of Defence, Suncorp, Former Origin Greats, and Woolworths.
Jonathan is admitted to the Supreme Court of Queensland and the High Court of Australia, he has extensive international experience in areas such as pharmaceutical patents, education and marketing, and is a mentor for Clayton Utz's junior lawyers.
Jonathan brings to the GIVIT board his analytical skills and strategic knowledge of intellectual property and not-for-profit risks and liabilities, as well as his valued advice and ability to see and articulate the 'big picture'.
Carita Martinez - Legal General Counsel, Golding
Carita joined GIVIT in its infancy, and has the proud achievement of being GIVIT's first volunteer. A Solicitor (admitted to the jurisdictions of Queensland and England & Wales), Carita has over 17 years of experience in telecoms, ITC, transport, mining and civil construction sectors.
Currently, Carita is General Counsel at Golding Contractors and is also a member of Golding's executive leadership team. Golding is a civil and mining contractor with projects in Australia and the Pacific. Carita has previously engaged in both legal and commercial roles for TransLink in Brisbane, and commercial roles for ntl (now Virgin Media), Interoute and Level 3 Communications in UK, Europe & North America.
Jim McGowan - AM
Jim McGowan has a history of achievement in a variety of challenging leadership roles in the Queensland Public Sector. He is an Adjunct Professor with the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University; and Executive Director, SNJ Business Solutions.
Jim was the Director-General of the Departments of Community Safety, Emergency Services; and Justice and Attorney-General. Corporate governance, organisational design and reform, performance and service delivery improvement, and the importance of relationships were his focus in these leadership roles.
Jim has led the key response agencies of Emergency Management Queensland (including the State Emergency Service), Queensland Fire and Rescue Service and Queensland Ambulance Service and
coordinated the response to a range of disasters which had serious and widespread impacts across Queensland and the nation including Cyclones Hamish, Uliu and Yasi, the widespread flooding of Queensland in 2010-11, and other serious weather events, oil spills and other environment andbiosecurity threats including the N1H1 virus and equine influenza.
On Australia Day 2012, Jim was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) "for service to public administration in Queensland through the development and implementation of public sector management and training reforms and to improved service delivery".
Jim is currently leading a review of the Queensland Industrial Relations system and related legislation for the Queensland Government.
Jim holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Diploma of Education.
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Stan Mogg - CPA
Stan is an experienced Director and CEO with over 30 years’ experience working in and with small and medium sized companies to grow strategically by organic and acquisitive means in Australia and overseas.
Stan is currently the CEO for a private company with interests in Australia, UK, Italy, Switzerland and USA. He also holds non-executive directorship roles in several private companies covering diverse interests which include electrical contracting, sports and recreation activities, investment and property management, self-storage, oil and gas. In addition, he is a non-executive director of a Philanthropic Foundation.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a CPA, and a JP (Commissioner for Declarations).