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I am a college student at the University of Pennsylvania and I joined Givology in October 2008. I am really excited to be part of this global organization!

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  • M. Night Shyamalan

    M. Night Shyamalan, the famous movie-making director, came to the University of Pennsylvania to deliver a talk regarding his experiences in the filmmaking industry and social impact as part of the Wharton Leadership Lecture series. The lecture was formatted as a structured and unstructured Q&A session, and M. Night took questions from a Givology moderator and then the audience. The talk was really insightful, and the Penn community had an amazing time learning more about him.
  • Rodin Bake-Off!

    This past Monday our college house organized a bake-off competition between four charitable organizations. Givology was included as one of them. Judges (the house dean and other members of our college house) awarded points based on the tastiness of the dessert, creativity of the setup, and presentation. Desserts were given out for free to students who came. After an hour of intense judging, Givology received the first-place prize and a $150 monetary sponsorship to go with that! The whole Penn chapter did a great job in putting together the desserts and talking about Givology to interested students. Here are some pictures from the competition. Congratulations to all and thank you for your support! Givology table Judges! Long lines
  • Effectiveness of educational scholarships

    Listened to a really interesting Ted talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/esther_duflo_social_experiments_to_fight_poverty.html . The speaker Duflo argues that for every $100 spent, scholarships increase the number of schooling years received by just a few, while more effective methods such as deworming and information about the returns of education increase the number of schooling years by 30-40 years. More about the specific social experiments can be read here: http://www.povertyactionlab.org/policy-lessons/education/student-attendance. Givology is more about providing scholarships than information about the returns of education. The advantage of scholarships is that they are definitely more tangible in terms of what is achieved, but it may not be the most sustainable way to increase education in the developing world. The question is what an organization like Givology can take from these kinds of studies.
  • Give Change to Make Change

    Givology was built on the idea of using small-denomination contributions to help students complete their education. Recently, I had the idea: we should show everyone else what Givology is actually about. A few of the other Givology members at Penn and I created coin collection cups to help fund the education of Bernardo Yegros, a student at Instituto Cultural Reinaldo Macchi in Cordillera, Paraguay. I was moved by his story; his interest in the sciences is compelling. We decorated cups and asked local establishments if we can place the cups there so that any passers-by could deposit their loose change in them. The whole process was a fun experience. I still think I have green paint on my fingers. Our whole campaign is called, “Give Change to Make Change”. I really do feel like small contributions add up, and I believe this project can be successful within the Penn community and elsewhere. Many of the Givology members are planning on taking this idea back home during the summer. We w...
  • Reflections on the Holiday Challenge

    I am now satisfied that my Givology Holiday Challenge is complete. Although I designed a microfundraiser idea and messaged a student, the activity I enjoyed the most was spreading the word. Givology’s mission is straightforward but exciting. I have so much confidence and enthusiasm for this organization that spreading the word about Givology feels natural. Passion is contagious and I hope the other individuals who participated in the Holiday Challenge felt the same way I have. Reading student bios and participating in the Holiday Challenge constantly reminds me how important education is to life. Educated students do not just benefit themselves. They are able to spread their knowledge to fellow peers and family members. It can break a cycle of poverty that had been ingrained for decades. By participating in this challenge, I was exposed to numerous ways of aiding these students that I had not considered before. I realized just telling a friend was help in itself. These types of acti...