BBYO Leadership Lab: Philanthropy

Posted on 02/13/2015 @ 04:39 PM

This Friday, teens from all over the globe participated in different BBYO Leadership Labs, ranging from AZA and BBG Leadership to globalization to political engagement to to creative design. My track was the philanthropy BBYO Leadership Lab held at the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta.

It was incredible to hear from the various speakers from the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, the Jewish Teen Funders Network and the Anti-Defamation League. It was incredible because, even though they had different backgrounds, they all shared one common passion: philanthropy.

It’s important to know what philanthropy really means in order to make a difference in the field. Here’s what we decided on as a definition: "the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes."

During the lab, we formed groups to brainstorm about how one person can fundraise for a certain cause effectively and in a way that will be impactful. It was very reassuring to see so many teens have an interest in funding non-profits. It definitely restores faith in humanity.

One of the speakers said one of the most interesting and helpful tips when he explained the best way to find donors: "You gotta fish where the fish are."

The most important thing I learned today is that, if we have passion and drive, anything is possible. It's all about delivery and confidence.┬áDeliver your pitch well and confidently, and you’ll be an effective fundraiser.

- Josh Lang, Northern Region East: DC Council, IC 2015 Press Corps