Strong/Gault Social Advancement Internship Grant Recipient
“My biggest lesson was that change making is a very complex process. Although I can engage in day-to-day activities that create a difference in society, I still need to acquire certain skills to be able to bring the revolutionary kind of change that I want to see.”
At Ashoka, I worked with the Strategic Resources (fundraising) & the global Marketing team. In addition to working with the full time staff members, I worked closely with another intern from Amherst College. Our main project for the summer was to look into how to optimize donations given to Ashoka with the hope of increasing Ashoka’s revenue. Our findings were that Ashoka needed to include planned giving as part of their fundraising strategy. Additionally, we created written mock-ups that would be given to potential planned giving donors. Given these findings, we embarked on a research of best market practices with regards to planned giving. The culmination of the project was giving a presentation of our findings and recommendations to Ashoka’s senior management.
I found what I was looking for in my internship; the clarity of the path I want to take after college. Being around people who believe that everyone has the potential to be a changemaker was of great motivation given that I have always wanted to bring change to my community, country and continent as a whole. However, my biggest lesson was that change making is a very complex process. Although I can engage in day-to-day activities that create a difference in society, I still need to acquire certain skills to be able to bring the revolutionary kind of change that I want to see. I had the realization that I still need to keep working on my skillsets in order to be in a good position to become a changemaker.
- Date September 1, 2013
- Tags 2013, Junior, Marketing, Social Service, Strong/Gault, USA