Hello! I’m a new intern at Poverty Resolutions for the summer of 2012. I’m also an economics and math major at Penn State, with an interest in international development, specifically where macroeconomics is concerned.
I first heard of Poverty Resolutions when Matt, now my boss, showed an early version of the soon-to-be-released 1 Dollar Poverty to my growth and development class. I was very interested in the accomplishments of Matt and friends. Towards the end of the school year, I reconnected with Matt to discuss opportunities to use my summer to learn more about poverty and help fight it. He recommended applying for the internship with Poverty Resolutions, and that got me here today.
So far, I’ve been doing a lot of interesting tasks for Poverty Resolutions. As a nonprofit, Poverty Resolutions is continuously seeking out new sources of funding to fuel its operations. I’ve undertaken a lot of work in fundraising, drafting applications to grants, building donation pages, and developing alternative fundraising strategies. This work is interesting, as researching new sources of funding exposes me to the unique and creative methods used by other nonprofits.
My work has also allowed me to see the difficulty faced by nonprofits in the business world. One of my tasks was to file paperwork with the state and federal government for Poverty Resolutions’ recent address change. The amount of paperwork I’ve had to sift through is immense, and I was able to see that even as a non-taxable entity, we still had to pay money to the state in filing fees – just because we moved our office.
Last week, Andrew, Sean, and I got into an interesting discussion about poverty awareness. Poverty Resolutions takes pride in that it is one of the few poverty-focused nonprofits organizations to put poverty awareness and educating Americans before physical projects. I posed a question asking how we convince people to donate to awareness vs. the projects taking place on the ground.
I’ve come to realize why awareness is so important. America, as the richest country, can do so much more to help than it already does. Only .1%, that’s one one-thousandth, of our GDP goes towards foreign aid. Poverty is rarely thought about by most Americans, and when asked where our government should cut from to reduce the deficit, international aid is usually one of the first responses. By educating Americans and making people here at home more aware of extreme poverty, we can increase both the amount of and effectiveness of foreign aid in the future.
I’m looking forward to the upcoming weeks. We are currently preparing for the start of our awareness campaign. This entails generating press releases in anticipation of the release of our headliner, 1 Dollar Poverty, and our series of short films. Things have surely gotten busier around here, especially with Matt out of the country for the next six weeks.
Thanks for reading, and I look forward to continuously providing updates about the work we’re doing here at Poverty Resolutions.