Megan O'Rourke, Development Intern at The University of Michigan
Here we are on the last day of 2010, ready to write up our new year's resolutions and plan out how to make the most of 2011. Somewhere on everyone's list of what they hope to achieve in the new year is to give back to those less fortunate. Having the intention to donate or volunteer is certainly a step in the right direction, but following through with this particular goal often seems to get lost in the shuffle of work, family, and financial responsibilities.
At The Generation Project, we bridge the gap between wanting to give and actively taking a role in your donation. Anyone who has the desire to give back, to make their mark, or to find a way to share their passions can do so through this innovative non profit organization. When I say anyone, I do mean anyone! We find individuals, groups, and companies, some who are the position to be fantastically generous and some who able to give smaller amounts but with just as much heart.
When The Generation Project is fortunate enough to come into contact with people who are willing to donate, we find a way to make their efforts as personal and meaningful as possible. Donors create gifts that are specific to their interests and to the impact they hope to have on education nationwide. It's easy to get people excited about The Generation Project once they understand just how much involvement they will have in their gift. After designing a gift for an individual student, a classroom, or an entire school, each donor can track the progress of that gift to see when a teacher selects it and how the student(s) benefit from their personal generosity.
There is no better feeling than knowing that you were able to make a difference in someone's life. The Generation Project connects people who want to give with those who are the most deserving. Every gift provides an opportunity for an underserved student. Every gift makes a significant difference. Every donor has the chance to do something remarkable.