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What an International Aid Adventure Taught Me about Volunteering at Home

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Immediately following my high school graduation, I bought a one-way ticket to Beijing, China.

I’d only been on an airplane once and had never traveled internationally before, so this travel excursion was quite the adventure. I learned enough Mandarin to greet others, say “Yes” and “No”, and communicate about basic navigation. I’d received a slew-full of additional vaccines from my county health department, and leafed through a few travel books on China’s capital province. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I knew it was going to be exciting.

Seeking a more meaningful experience than my peer’s Greek rush weeks, I decided to spend the summer volunteering at two poorly-funded orphanages located a few hours outside of the capital city. I was still pretty clueless at this time about what I wanted to do with my life and whether or not I wanted to go to college. I hoped this summer of philanthropy would provide me some direction. Maybe I’d realize the nonprofit sector would be a good fit for me, or I’d make some international relief work contacts; either way, I wanted to help others and understaffed orphanages on the other side of the world seemed like a good place to start.

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Career Advice/ Entrepreneurship/ Higher Education

10 Fellowship Programs for Entrepreneurs

A fellowship program is a great way for entrepreneurs to get hands on experience, grow their networks, and develop their professional initiatives.

​Whether you’re interested in connecting with investors, or need assistance taking your startup to the next level, an entrepreneurial fellowship may be just the vehicle you need to turn your entrepreneurial dreams into reality.

There are tons of fellowship opportunities offered through colleges and universities.  If you are currently enrolled as an undergrad or graduate student, reach out to your academic advisor or business department faculty and request information on available entrepreneurship fellowship opportunities through the institution.

For those not enrolled in an academic institution offering an entrepreneurial fellowship, here’s a listing of fellowship opportunities that you may be eligible for: Continue Reading…

Lifestyle/ Millennials/ Money Matters

The Millennials Guide to Charitable Giving

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Millennials love to give, in fact, Generation Y has even been hailed by some as the most charitable generation.

According to Achieve’s Millennial Impact Report, 84 percent of millennials made a charitable donation, and 70 percent spent at least an hour volunteering.

Despite being one of the most cash-strapped and indebted generations in American history, millennials have proved their generosity is not economically governed.

As we enter into the “Giving Season”, as my fundraising colleagues call it, here are a few tips regarding charitable donations and gifts that can assist you in celebrating the season: Continue Reading…

Entrepreneurship/ Give Back

Is Social Good “Good” Business?

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Giving back is everywhere – from corporate initiatives to local entrepreneurs – profit plus purpose is quickly becoming a common theme with 21st Century start-ups. Pledging a double bottom-line went to something expected of Forbes’ listed billionaires to everyday entrepreneurs. 

Integrating this philanthropic element into your company has gone from novel idea to essential implementation; courtesy of socially conscious millennial consumers. Championing internet slang such as #YOLO and #giveback, Generation Y wants to make the world a better place—one purchase at a time. 

More than 85% of millennials correlate their purchasing decisions and their willingness to recommend a brand to the social good efforts a company is making. Millennials’ desire to be a part of initiatives that serve a “greater purpose” and are willing to put their money where their mouth is. Just look at social conscious brands that’s products characterize millennials’ shopping lists: TOMS, FEED, Sseko Designs, Proof, Whole Foods. 

Are these products purchased to “fill a need”? 

Certainly. But why are these brands purchased over their lower-priced alternatives? 

Because they not only fill a need, but they also make the world a better place. 

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