Profile

Hi Everyone!

My name is Joyce, and I'm the co-founder and CEO of Givology. Welcome to our community! Please message me if you have any comments and suggestions, or would like to get involved with our cause. We encourage you to blog, message, and connect to other Givologists, and would be delighted if you want to join us!

At Givology, we believe that the education philanthropy should be an interactive, community effort. In particular, we'd like to highlight the importance of:

- Reading student and project updates
- Utilizing our messaging function to send a message of support to the students and projects that you sponsor
- Following our "Notes from the Field" blog to learn more about the research our fellows are conducting around the world
- Considering volunteering for our organization, whether you have 5 minutes or 15 hours to spare!

As a bit about me, I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Then, I spent the next two years at Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship. My site is here: www.joycemeng.com

Welcome to our community! We're really passionate about education and are happy to have you here with us!

Updates

  • Announcing our #GivWomen Instagram Challenge

    March is International Women’s Month to celebrate the contributions that women have made around the world to improve society and build a better future. Here at Givology, we’re constantly inspired by the heroic women in our network who fight for education and social justice, one community at a time. In the spirit of International Women’s Month, we’re kicking of a special #GivWomen Instagram challenge ([url=http://instagram.com/givology]@Givology[/url]) to share the spirit of volunteerism and feature the stories of women & girls fighting the world’s fight! [b]Duration[/b]: March 1st – 31st, 2014 [b]How to Participate[/b]: Send us on [url=http://instagram.com/givology]@Givology with the tag #GivWomen[/url] on Instagram an original picture focusing on volunteerism within your community. Include a caption that answers in one sentence how you think women have inspired change around the world. [b]Prizes[/b]: In the first week of April, we’ll be giving out $300, $150, and $100...
  • Announcing the 2013 GivImpact Essay Contest

    [b]Announcing the 2013 “GivImpact” Essay Competition[/b] At Givology, we believe in the power of education to transform communities. We give to education programs in developing countries because it enriches peoples’ lives, and because we want to make the world better. Givology partners are chosen because we believe they are great organizations that create change. [i][b]But, how do we measure social impact? [/b][/i] To celebrate the International Day of the Girl, we’re launching our annual 2013 GivImpact essay contest. To enter, answer the following question in no more than 1,000 words, excluding references: [b][u]What are the most relevant metrics to evaluate the impact of educational programs in the developing world?[/u][/b] The Millennium Development goals have targeted universal education by 2015, and enrollment in primary education in the developing world has reached 90%. More kids are in school today than ever before. But are enrollment statistics alone sufficient? If n...
  • Give Inspiration: Javier Perez-Karam, Film Maker

    [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouryIN9fbYI] [/url][b] [/b] [b]Video Transcript [/b] I got involved with a group of people that started an NGO called 108 Lives Project. And the mission of the 108 Lives Project back then was basically to intervene in 108 lives Katmandu, Nepal and bring each of these people whatever they needed most in their lives. My mission with the organization was basically to document the whole project. As I am doing this and seeing how each of us are stepping into a mindset of generosity we start working with the kids and start working with the beggars and start meeting with people who wanted to do similar things as what we wanted to do. The idea of the documentary started taking another dimension and it was now not only what 108 Lives is doing. [url=http://theperfectionofgiving.com/]The documentary is now called “The Perfection of Giving.”[/url] The importance of it and the angle that I am taking is that giving will put a kid in school and that giving w...
  • Give Inspiration: Bernie Quah, Founder of SketchPost Studios

    [b]Video Transcript:[/b] What sketch notes or what is professionally referred to as professional recordings is actually visually recording a talk by a speaker. Every illustrator has a different style. And that’s what kind of makes new little design niche interesting. I like to do arrows. There’s no real linear format. It started out to be a bit messier and I did it for myself, but eventually through progress I kind of created a better layout. It looks like a graphic art in the ends of just plain-note taking that you usually see. I kind of fell into it by accident, but I’m glad I did cause I found something that makes me happy and something that just feels effortless. I’m inspired by events that I go to, what the speaker says, some of the speakers that I see at events are actually people that I admire. Taking visual notes is kind of like my ticket to having a one-on-one talk with them. Usually when I see, kind of show my raw sketch notes to a speaker just after they come off ...
  • Give Inspiration: Diana Kimball, Technologist

    [b]Video Transcript:[/b] When I first got involved with coding, the idea that first captured me was the idea of building something out of thin air, but then I talked with the technologists around me and realized that it’s not out of thin air at all. You’re building out of building blocks that other people have created and that have come before you, and that’s actually better. What I love about coding and why I’m such a big advocate of learning any amount of it, it’s just another creative forum like painting or writing. It’s just a way of expressing yourself, and just with a few lines of processing code you can create these unbelievable artworks, you know. You can create things that you could have never imagined and playing with just a few lines of code in that way, I think, expands your mind and expands your sense of possibility. I’m inspired by people in systems who make time and space for playful creativity and who build in space to make mistakes and try things you...