June 23-26, 2022 in Dallas, Texas
Emory Ambassador, Ian Wang, reflects on this year's Ambassadors Conference
Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have called for the most affluent people in the world to demonstrate philanthropic leadership by committing to give away a large amount of their wealth to charitable causes. Many of these high net worth individuals and couples make their pledges public in order to inspire others’ personal giving commitments. As college students who have not yet embarked upon a career, now is the time to thoughtfully consider your own philanthropic ideals in a Giving Goal.
Strategic Philanthropy challenged a lot of what I considered to be progressive notions of giving. From the reading material to site visits to presenting grant proposals, I had the opportunity to re-imagine and expand my vision for community impact.Madison HallAbilene Christian University
This experience made me more conscious of my own giving when I support nonprofits—to look at more than just the good work they want to but instead to look at their effectiveness, financials, board makeup, etc. This class also pulled me away from a more utilitarian outlook on philanthropy and has encouraged me to seek out organizations that have wholistic missions rather than only giving to those that serve the most people or through some quantification do ‘the most good.Lauren MarescaVanderbilt University
This course helped me understand the theories of philanthropy (ex: examining Peter Singer versus Brandon Boesch) alongside other theories of giving. It has led me to examining the true effects of philanthropy on broader society given such large concentrations of wealth by those such as the Gates.Jasmine NguyenStanford University
I’ve learned the importance of giving strategically—understanding the needs and constraints first and also supporting leaders who are able to connect the brain to the heart.Rosie ZhangHarvard
This course made me realize that although philanthropy is an inherently personal experience, great results can be achieved through collaboration and collective action.Meredith GreeneNorthwestern University