Getting Involved

Social entrepreneurship is one of my greatest passions. I believe in the importance of taking action and finding creative ways to solve a problem, rather than waiting for someone else to come up with a solution. Sometimes initiatives and projects may not turn out the way we envisioned, but learning from mistakes, revising, and trying again is essential. Even if you have a full time job and have only a few hours to spare a week, you can put that limited time to good use by contributing to a impactful cause in your community. If you are interested in learning more about Generation Enterprise or Givology, please contact me at joycemeng @ joycemeng.com (no spaces). I look forward to your feedback, comments, ideas, and suggestions!

Click on the links below to view a summary:
Givology: Give to Learn, Learn to Give
Generation Enterprise: Microbusiness Incubator for Street Youth

Givology

I am the CEO and Co-Founder of Givology, an online giving marketplace for education. Givology leverages small dollar donations to support grassroots education projects and student scholarships around the world. We emphasize transparency, information sharing, and cross cultural communication. At Givology, we believe in democratizing philanthropy and making the act of giving an active and participatory act, not just simply cutting a check. As a 100% volunteer run organization, Givology not only crowd sources small dollar donations to make a difference, but leverages volunteer hours across a large base to enact change in the world. As a result of this volunteer-driven model, we can create the largest impact for the lowest overhead cost! You can make an impact today by simply registering and becoming part of the community!

Impact to date: Since our launch, we have raised approximately $315,000+ to support over 3,100 students in 26+ different countries through 48+ grassroots partners. Our organization has 6,000+ supporters on Facebook, Linked-in, Youtube, and Twitter, 3,300+ registered donors, 16 chapters started at universities, high schools, and various cities, 30 core team members and 90 volunteers globally. To date, we have been featured in Knowledge@Wharton, Nicholas Kristof's blog in the NYT and his most recent book Half the Sky, Philly Inquirer, Penn Gazette, Seattle Times, MTV Act, among other news and media sources. Notably, we were selected as one of the "Top 100 Student Run Enterprises" in the US by the Kairos Society and the "Top Student Run Social Enterprise" by Intelius. Most recently, we have released our 2011-2012 Impact Statement, which you can download on our site.

Creating and nurturing Givology has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. Our philosophy of leveraging small donations and volunteer hours around the world has made a difference in the lives of so many students in the world. To read more about our philosophy of Internet microphilanthropy and the power of aggregating small dollars and hours, please read our book "A Guide to Giving" (available on Amazon) that highlights founding story and the best practices and experiences of our extensive grassroots network of education entrepreneurs. We're always looking for new chapter leaders and supporters, so please click here and get involved!

In 2011, we partnered with the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation to work together on increasing our collective footprint Check out the video below for an introduction to Givology, as well as what we hope to accomplish with this new partnership that will take us to the next step!

Generation Enterprise

From 2007-2010, I worked on launching Generation Enterprise (formerly known as YouthBank), a microbusiness incubator for street youth. In building the organization, I worked on developing the business model, raising finances, and tracking the performance of our microcredit and core business portfolios. Unlike job training programs that prepare youth for employment, Generation Enterprise prepares its fellows for entrepreneurship. Unlike traditional microcredit programs, Generation Enterprise targets urban youth, a demographic that is largely excluded from the microfinance revolution due to high credit risk. I've since left the organization to focus on Givology (given time constraints of a full time job), but always happy to answer questions about Generation Enterprise and to connect any interest donors or potential volunteers to the team now running the project!

At the heart of Generation Enterprise is a unique business model that delivers impact in two phases: (1) A fellowship phase in which Generation Enterprise Fellows (former street youth) learn business skills on the job as employees in a community business, and (2) An entrepreneurship phase in which high-performing Fellows pitch their own business ideas and receive asset-equivalent microfinance loans and mentorship

Ultimately, once their loans are repaid, Generation Enterprise Fellows become independent business owners -- and local employers.

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