Purposeful Penny Presents Check to Bright Kids Uganda
By Morgan Brown
The GSPIA student-led charity, Purposeful Penny, donated $1,000 to the Bright Kids orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda, a gift that came almost entirely from spare change given by the GSPIA community and will cover school enrollment fees and supplies for two children at the Bright Kids orphanage.
Purposeful Penny is a student-run charity with a rich and growing history at GSPIA. Since its establishment in 2009, Purposeful Penny has raised over $7,000 through fundraisers and donations, most donations coming in the form of loose change offered by students, faculty, and community members. The organization contributes 100% of its donations to carefully selected partner projects aimed at providing education to underprivileged children.
Current partners include Bright Kids Uganda, a nonprofit committed to providing education, shelter, and food to orphans in Uganda; and Room to Read, an organization that constructs schools and promotes girl’s education throughout Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.
Purposeful Penny will host a number of unique fundraising events throughout the fall of 2012. The semester will culminate with end-of-year donations to Bright Kids Uganda and Room to Read. This year marks Purposeful Penny’s first donation to Room to Read’s Girls’ Education Program in Nepal. Be sure to check for updates on the Purposeful Penny Facebook page, or on their new website, www.purposefulpenny.org. You can also become a member and get instant updates for events by submitting your email address to the group at email@example.com.
Purposeful Penny is also accepting new members for project committees. Purposeful Penny projects and fundraisers help GSPIA students gain important skills in event planning, donor outreach, proposal writing, and fundraising. If you’d like to get involved, please contact Morgan Brown at 740-253-8986 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured from left are Pauline Greenlick, Treasurer of Bright Kids Uganda; Kristin Frye, former intern at Bright Kids Uganda; Dr. Louis A. Picard, Director of the Ford Institute for Human Security; Morgan Brown, President of Purposeful Penny; and Oreofe Olutimilehin, Secretary of Purposeful Penny.