• What is a microfundraiser?

    microfundraiser [mahy-kroh-fuhnd-rey-zer] - n. a small fundraiser intended on raising small amounts of money in the effort to lead to a greater goal, see "grassroots efforts" Rooted from the ancient Greek "micro," meaning smaller than the object in focus, and from the English "fundraiser," meaning an event or campaign whose primary purpose is to raise money for a cause The point of microfundraisers is simplicity. Ease in organization of these fundraisers allows them to be conducted frequently and without too much regard for time. They often raise anywhere from $50 to $500. Givology focuses strongly on these microfundraisers because it allows them to be conducted anywhere, by anyone who wants to support to cause without too much time-intensive organization. Examples of microfundraisers conducted in the past include bake sales, study breaks with hot chocolate sales (ideal for common rooms in college dorms), dinner parties where each attendee pays a certai...
  • Recruiting people for the holiday challenge

    After spending the last few days talking nonstop to people about Givology, I truly think that the cause for education and providing it to those who aren't as fortunate as we are strikes a chord with everyone. Many of us take our education for granted, but when we're made aware of the fact that millions around the world aren't nearly as blessed in that regard as we are, we do want to help, and I think that's what this holiday challenge allows us to do. Some people who I would never expect to really express that much interest in Givology or the cause it fights for have really shown me great amounts of enthusiasm when I bring it up, and it really warms my heart to know that people do care. All they need is a little bit of a reminder as to what the rest of the world gets (or doesn't get) on a regular basis.
  • Ankit Shah's Holiday Challenge

    Hey guys! I'm Ankit Shah, a student at the University of Pennsylvania. I'm originally from Long Island, which is where I am until school starts back up in mid-January. In my free time, I like to learn. It's usually not academic as much as it is experiential. I consider hanging out, watching TV, seeing movies, spending time with family, eating, creating things to be learning experiences, and I like to be as conscious of this as I can. The reason I think a strongly founded education is important, however, is because I wouldn't be nearly as able to consider those experiences I mentioned above learning opportunities. Education, in my eyes, offers a student boundless options because it gives them perspective. It provides the ability to look at things in a new way, and without that, creativity falters. For this reason, I think spreading education to worlds around us and to people who really don't have the resources to get it themselves is so key. The potential students...