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Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Malerie Pratt - In the Congo

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Ms. Malerie Pratt, medical student at Oregon Health and Science University. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service.

In the Congo
By Malerie Pratt:

When I arrived in the city of Beni in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I witnessed an Africa that was incredibly different from the peaceful Zambia I had become accustomed to. There were ten militia rebel groups stationed within a 100 mile radius around the city. I had traveled to Beni to work in a Congolese hospital and to start to become familiar with the culture and language there.

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Giva Salutes: Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here.

Do you know who has been helping people in your very own community? Volunteers of America is a nonprofit touching the lives of over 2 million people in our own backyards.

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World Changers: Giva Salutes Net Impact

Net Impact

At Giva we search for organizations, large and small, that are doing a great job of changing the world around them for the better; and we are pleased to salute them here.

Net Impact

Twenty-two years ago, a small group of MBAs, a former Harvard Business School professor, and a handful of entrepreneurs founded an organization called Students for Responsible Business (SRB) with one goal in mind: to use business as a force for good. Today, SRB is known as Net Impact, a nonprofit organization that aims to empower a new generation of both students and professionals to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world.

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4 Tips to Recruiting Baby Boomer Volunteers

Volunteer Recruiting Tips

Baby Boomers—the generation of 76 million Americans born between 1946 and 1964—represent a potentially enormous boost to volunteerism in the U.S. Unfortunately, this potential has yet to be fully realized. According to a recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, both the number and percentage of boomers (ages 51- 69) who volunteered in 2014 are down from 2013.

Rather, perhaps surprisingly, people between the ages of 35 and 44 were much more likely to volunteer (29.8%). For persons 45 years and over, there was an inverse relationship between age and volunteering: as the age of the studied group increased, volunteer rates decreased.

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Lowe’s Teams With Rebuilding Together for Ten-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

Lowe's & Rebuilding Together

Although ten years have passed since the category-five Hurricane Katrina claimed 1,833 lives, the New Orleans community still faces many obstacles . After billions of dollars were spent to rebuild the city, recovery has been slow and challenging. Recognizing this struggle, Lowe's has paired up with Rebuilding Together to continue revitalizing the community.

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Giva Announces Its New Volunteer Resource Information Center

Giva Volunteer Resource Information Center

At Giva, we realize standing outside looking into the world of volunteerism can be very intimidating and overwhelming for many people. That is why we are excited to announce our new Volunteer Resource Information Center! This tool seeks to be a bridge to inspire and assist people in identifying and awakening their natural gifts, skills and desires in their quest to help others.

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10 Baby Steps to Going Green for Any Size Company

CSR & Environmentally Friendly Companies Going Green

Take a look at any of the top trends for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in 2015, and it is guaranteed that becoming more environmentally friendly, or “going green,” is one of them. Now more than ever, companies are implementing "green" measures not only because the believe it is the right thing to do, but also because they are finding it helps them stay competitive. The following are some simple steps you and your company can take today to decrease its impact on the environment while also saving some money in the process.

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Giva 411: Volunteer Power Tools for the Nonprofit Leader

Volutneer Power

Volunteer Power is an organization with a definite focus: to "understand and equip the 21st century volunteer." Managed by Thomas W. McKee, owner and CEO of the training and development company Advantage Point Systems Inc., Mr. McKee is a volunteer, association management consultant, an educator, author, motivational speaker, and trainer. He proficiently collaborates with organizations and/or companies of varying sizes and types. Years of experience and knowledge qualify Mr. McKee to provide nonprofit leaders/visionaries with the content needed to reach their organizational goals. Co-authors Thomas and Jonathan McKee are volunteer leadership experts dedicated to helping nonprofit leaders mobilize the power and passion of their volunteers.

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Considering the Educational Pathway to a CSR Career

CSR Education

Raymond Fisman, director of the social enterprise program at Columbia Business School, once said, "There was no social enterprise program when I arrived at Columbia a dozen or so years ago. Now it is a major presence at school. That should give you a sense of how attitudes have changed." And indeed, since the corporate philanthropic consciousness took seed over fifty years ago in America and bloomed ever since, education and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives have become linked. In a 2013 survey conducted by Business4Better that measured how most SMEs spend their CSR-allotted funds, the survey found that over 60% of the SMEs' CSR funds for that year went to educational programs while another 40% of that funding went towards youth programs.

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Giva Student Scholarship Winner Essay: Dr. Rushabe Malde - Columbia University Reflections

Giva is proud to showcase the essays of its Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award winners. Below is an essay from Dr. Rushabh Malde, currently attending Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health pursuing his Master's Degree in Healthcare Administration. Giva's hope is to inspire others through these essays. We hope that sharing these essays will help others realize the joys and benefits of service.

Columbia University Reflections

Columbia University Reflections
By Dr. Rushabh Malde

In my past essays, I have spoken about my experiences while working in the healthcare sector and also shared with you the life changing moment which convinced me to pursue a career in public health. I have also shared my journey with you since my Dental college days to my work as a Hospital Administrator to now when I am currently studying at Columbia University, New York pursuing a Master's degree in Public Health. Today, I would like to share about my time at Columbia University and how it has opened my eyes to so many unknown aspects of public health.

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