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Summer Update

July 23, 2011 - 4:37 am 2 Comments

It’s been a long while since I posted an update – for a myriad of reasons, the last few months have been incredibly busy (nearly to the point of strain), but I now have a much better handle on everything after taking initiative to address some of my challenges. I’ve been at GSIP for about a year now, and have hit a comfortable natural stride. Even though the hours are long and I never stop thinking about our positions, I find the work gratifying.

Notably, the Givology NYC chapter has a major event upcoming (press release posted below) to culminate our “Mark the World” campaign and officially announce our partnership with the M Night Shyamalan Foundation. If you’re interested in attending, please contact me via e-mail as the event is invite-only. Historically, I’ve taken a very hands-off approach for NYC events, but in this case, I’m in charge of all the logistics. As of now, I think I have a good handle on all the moving parts, but we’ll see on the actual day of the event!

Not only do we showcase and auction off the mural that we created at Union Square, we will unveil our Jubilee Project video, feature Valentino Achack Deng in a keynote speech, announce our M. Night Foundation partnership, and display dozens of beautiful photographs and children’s’ artwork from our inspiring partners. We’ll have about 30 partners attending so I’m particularly excited about that!

That brings me to the Union Square event on July 17th! We had a beautiful mural and a motivated cohort of volunteers to help us collect fingerprints, but the rain dampened our original plans, as you can see below in Stephen’s video. Regardless, I think the overall concept was a resounding success, and we certainly to improve upon our execution sometime in the future to hopefully better weather!

On a different note, I’ve been going home more often to spend time with my sister, parents, and my grandparents who are visiting from Taiwan. One weekend, we went to Hershey Park, where I actually cajoled my mother into a roller coaster, while another weekend, we drove down to Busch Gardens for some incredible shows and theme park rides (even got dad onto Apollo’s Chariot, my favorite roller coaster in the world!). Being with my family makes me happy – they provide me a source of inner rejuvenating strength that shelters and protects me. Maybe that’s why I consider myself a very low-stress person despite all major events ahead. My dad and sister will be driving up for the Griffin event on July 29th, followed by our annual trip to Otakon, so I’m very excited about that!

In New York, I’ve continued exploring the city and finding new novelties. Grace came up one weekend and we had a really fun time watching Gantz parts 1 & 2 at the Japan Society, about ~ 5 hours of psychologically-intense and emotionally-charged action that left me completely cynical about the world right after. I went to Magdalene the Musical, the New York City aquarium in Coney Island (really fun), the Museum of the Moving Picture in Queens (watched a silent movie complete with a live piano player, tried out voice dubbing, and created my  own stop-motion animation), saw a concert at the Lincoln Center, walked across the Brooklyn Bridge to explore Smith street and Williamsburg (in fact we found a shop dedicated to selling wares to superheros and another that specializes in deep frying everything!), among many other fun activities. Givology team members have also visited me sporadically, which has only added to the excitement. Moreover, I’ve met sporadically with my US-based MFE friends from Oxford, including a trip to dim sum in Chinatown – it feels good to keep in touch, to remind myself that the last two years actually did happen (funny how memory works…)

Anyway, I’ll try and do better with keeping my blog updated, especially to keep everyone posted on how our big July 29th event goes!

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THE FRUITS OF COLLABORATION

A Givology and M. Night Shyamalan Foundation Event Announcing their New Strategic Partnership

NEW YORK, New York (6/26/11)— Givology and the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation will formally announce their new strategic partnership at the “Make Your Mark on the World” event held on Friday, July 29, from 8 PM to 12AM at Griffin, an upscale cocktail lounge in Manhattan. The new partnership will further the organizations’ shared vision to improve children’s access to quality education around the world.

M. Night Shyamalan, Academy Award-nominated director, producer, and screenwriter will deliver opening and closing remarks. Valentino Achak Deng, a Lost Boy of Sudan whose autobiography was the basis of Dave Eggers’ highly acclaimed book, What is the What, will offer a special keynote address. In addition, the paintings from Givology’s “Make Your Mark on the World: Interactive Art Exhibition” will be auctioned,  along with original artworks from Givology sponsored students from around the world.

During the “Make Your Mark on the World” interactive art campaign, respected graphic artist Joseph Kilrain created a 6’x11’ world map mural which was publicly displayed in Union Square in New York. Hundreds of supporters marked or fingerprinted the map to indicate where they would like to create impact. The individual canvases of this one-of-a-kind mural will be sold and auctioned on July 29th. All proceeds from this event will benefit Givology field partners that work to create innovative and sustainable education projects in developing nations.

About Givology
Givology is an online giving marketplace dedicated to transparently connecting individual donors with underserved students and communities in the developing world. Leveraging an open, online platform to support education grants and projects, Givology creates a global community of people connected by their belief in the transformtive power of education.  As a 100% volunteer-driven organization, Givology pioneers a new model of crowd-sourcing philanthropy. Since Givology’s inception in 2008, it has raised over $130,000 to support over 2,635 students in 20+ different countries through 40+ grassroots partners.

About the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation
Co-founded by M. Night Shyamalan and his wife, Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan, the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation is dedicated to increasing the opportunities of the disadvantaged in the pursuit of empowerment and social justice. Since its creation in 2001, the Foundation has contributed almost $1.7 million to projects in support of education, sustainable agriculture, water projects, health, poverty alleviation, hunger relief, and other fields.

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If you would like more information about this event, please visit www.marktheworld.org or contact Gina LaFleur (gina.lafleur@givology.org or 201-556-835) or Jennifer Walters-Michalec at (jennifer@mnsfoundation.org 484-682-9531).