Givology Staff's Blog

Back to School, Back to Giving: University of Pennsylvania

[font='Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] After a bit of restructuring last semester and using a fresh marketing approach at the first activities fair, the Penn chapter has recruited 12 new, enthusiastic members as of our first GBM. In addition to our previous 3 standing members, this brings our current chapter to 15 individuals. As this has been our very first marketing effort since restructuring, I am optimistic that our numbers will continue to grow as the semester progresses.[/font]

[font='Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] At our first meeting, we presented the members with our semester initiatives and gave them the opportunity to pursue their own projects at their interest should their personal background/experiences motivate them to do so. Currently, we have half of the chapter involved in creating a "Penn Book Drive" event where donated books/textbooks can either be used to contribute to developing libraries or sold and all the funds donated to Givology. The other half of the chapter will be involved in the Letter-writing campaign, which our VP, Nikila Venkat, has been helping develop. We are expecting to receive about 100 student letters from the Wisdom School in Ghana within the next month and will be working on establishing a system to engage the Penn community with students abroad on a personal level. Strong emphasis will be placed on how Givology's initiatives have real, tangible impacts on the educational development of our field partners abroad.[/font]

[font='Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] We also have members interested in introducing new field partners to Givology and/or setting up collaborative events with other student groups. I will continue to discuss with the other board members how we can work on fundraising to help fuel our growth efforts.[/font]

[font='Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] Best,[/font]
[font='Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] Connie Ju[/font]

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