Some Notable Achievements from Giving Map

I apologize. The data is no longer being updated. We could not continue our work indefinitely for free.

Although this was a grant-funded nonprofit initiative on a tight budget and in January I had a very different vision of where 2020 would take us, I have literally never been part of a more successful open source volunteer project. We had more volunteers than paid staff, and their contributions were lasting and impressive. Based on the reach of our viral social media campaigns on Twitter and Facebook (estimated 3-6 million views) I know our work saved lives. Happy to show you the statistical model if you are curious.

Unfortunately, the project came to a halt due to my health issues from severe fibroids. It turns out I had a hormonal condition misdiagnosed as a mood disorder. The physical symptoms, in particular the anemia from blood loss, were unmistakable and debilitating and only grew worse over time. I had surgery scheduled for the spring of 2021, although it had to be postponed.

I was finally able to get a successful surgery date last September, and after six months of recovery I am pleased with the result.

Leading a non-profit initiative under COVID lockdown is stressful for everyone. I found myself in a situation where I was completely isolated physically but still supervising an outstanding team of volunteers and paid staff while we ramped up at top speed for our planned Phase 2 launch.

We did the best we could, under very challenging circumstances.

I would like to thank the leadership team at PDX Hackerspace, Jon Hannis in particular.

We did good work. Thank you for your role in facilitating this.


Tess Gadwa


Product Architect and Founder, LLC