Juliette Wright OAM

Juliette Wright OAM

Position: Founder & Director
Company: GIVIT

An inspired and passionate social justice campaigner, 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 and championing it to become one of Australia’s leading charities, Juliette is changing how society helps its most vulnerable and marginalised people, in and out of natural disasters and emergencies.
Founder and CEO of GIVIT, Juliette created the portal to ensure quality goods get to where they are needed most by safely connecting and inspiring an online network of givers. Juliette’s vision, hard work and determination have resulted in more than 2 million items donated through GIVIT’s website to directly assist Australians in need.

Juliette’s passion is supporting each community by ensuring local donors give to local residents in need. The GIVIT model ensures the right people get the right things, in the right way – always buying locally.

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 33,500 goods matched over three weeks. This led to the establishment of a national dedicated GIVIT Disaster Recovery and Emergency Service which now works in partnership with the state government in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, ACT and regions of WA.

GIVIT’s Service has since been activated during the Bundaberg floods, Cyclone Ita, Tropical Cyclone Marcia, Ravenshoe Café Explosion and Dreamworld tragedy, Queensland Fires and Australian Bush fires. GIVIT has prevented untold numbers of unsolicited donations into affected areas by channelling generosity to genuine need via the giving portal. Over $10million has been raised through GIVIT to support communities left devastated by disasters.

As a prominent social justice campaigner, Juliette has been awarded 2015 Australia’s Local Hero by the National Australia Day Council, National Resilient Australia Award by Australia’s Attorney-General, The Australian National Innovation Challenge Award, Ernst & Young Queensland Entrepreneur of the Year, Moreton Bay Citizen of the Year 2016 and inducted into the Australian Businesswomen’s Network Hall of Fame.

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