Global Philanthropy Program

The Global Philanthropy Program 

The Global Philanthropy Program will uniquely immerse and engage undergraduate and graduate students in major international issues and the developing world while preparing them to become a generation of leaders and citizens equipped to make a significant difference around the globe.  

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2014-2015 Global Philanthropy Program

In partnership with the Grameen Foundation and its Bankers without Borders program, the Maryland School of Public Policy and the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership plan to offer a winter 2015 abroad course that provides students a deep dive into the NGO and social enterprise sectors’ efforts to promote international development in India.  The Grameen Foundation works with approximately 6,000+ NGOs and social enterprises around the world and its efforts represent the global extension of Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus’s entrepreneurial founding of the Grameen Bank.  This abroad program will harness the skills and policy training of up to 12 MPP and MBA students to accelerate the progress of a number of social entrepreneurs and NGO leaders dedicated to connecting the poor to their potential in India.

Through a major new leadership gift from anonymous donors, the Center is building a new model for student leaders to gain experience with international philanthropy and nongovernmental organizations. Our new Global Philanthropy efforts will immerse undergraduate and graduate students in key international issues and the developing world through hands-on campus courses and experiences abroad as well as scholarships and stipends for students working with NGOs and philanthropic ventures worldwide. It also includes an endowed faculty position for which the Center is currently recruiting. 

Global Philanthropy in India

For MPP students seeking to fulfill their Project Course requirements, this experience will qualify for International Development and Nonprofit Management and Leadership requirements.

Through this program, students will have the chance to apply their newly-developed political, financial, economic, quantitative, ethical, analytical and/or communication skills to real issues in service to actual clients in the social sector.  All students will practice their skills in very concrete ways including: developing useful recommendations for decision-makers; proposing new or modified practices or policies for social enterprises; exploring and adapting best practices; conducting program evaluations; and other work associated with the successful operation of NGOs and social enterprises.

Students will spend approximately three weeks in India during the 2015 Winter Term providing direct, project assistance to a pre-selected group of poverty-focused social enterprises and NGOs, including customized tasks and deliverables to ensure they fulfill all the expectations of a policy school project course.  Prior to departing, we expect all students selected for the trip will receive at least partial scholarships as well as the expectation that the scholarship requires substantial, preparatory training, including, cultural awareness sessions, lectures by thought leaders in the social sector,and best practices training in client-based consulting.

Along with their consulting project assignments in India, students will participate in a number of class sessions with scholars and leaders with deep expertise in NGOs, social enterprises, and international development. The students will also engage in regular project de-brief sessions to help them reflect and think critically about their experiences and lessons learned.  These session will also allow for cross-learnings across projects. At the conclusion of the Winter Term, students will present clear and succinct oral and written deliverables that communicate the results of their work effectively.  

Score Foundation. It is the vision of Score Foundation that people with visual impairment are regarded as fully-fledged members of family, community, and society. Their mission is to realize personal independence, economic self reliance and social inclusion for all visually impaired people in India.


Group Project

The students plan to tackle three distant projects for the Score Foundation: (1) a Network Development project where students will develop a strategy and criteria for potential partner NGOs around India. Using these guidelines and criteria, the team will begin research on organizations that would be a good fit to partner with Score and also recommend a fundraising strategy for this network; (2) a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)/Fundraising project where a student will research the new CSR law and identify CSR options for funding and develop a template for sending out these proposals (or even one specific funding proposal); and (3) creating a multi-year business plan for the Score Foundation. 

Costello, Neil

Neil is beginning his final year at the School of Public Policy (SPP). Since September 2012, Neil has been working towards his MPP degree with a specialization in nonprofit management and leadership. Compelled by his passion for social impact and change, Neil hopes to make a significant impact in the nonprofit sector after he graduates in May of 2015. Prior to becoming a SPP graduate student, Neil earned his Bachelors of Arts degree at the University of Maryland in Government and Politics. This summer, Neil served as an intern for KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit organization that is dedicated to saving play for all children in the United States, especially the 16 million in poverty. Throughout the summer, Neil assisted KaBOOM! with their digital engagement strategy and various stakeholder engagement initiatives. Although this will be his first study abroad experience, Neil is very excited to learn more about the nonprofit sector in India as well as Indian culture.

Henninger, Nick

Nick is a senior Economics major in the BA-MPP joint degree program with a focus on international development. He is a graduate of both the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Honors Living-Learning Program and the College of Arts & Humanities' Social Innovation Scholars Program. He is also the co-founder and president of Community Pipeline, a campus-wide initiative that empowers UMD student groups to lead afterschool programs at local schools. Community Pipeline was awarded 2nd place in the social venture track of the 2014 Do Good Challenge and was the recipient of the 2014 Maryland Leadership & Discovery Grant. Nick's career interests lie in finding market-based solutions to issues of widespread international poverty by re-structuring current incentive systems to spur on desired changes. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, travelling, boating, and eating international foods.

Scherpelz, Rebecca

Rebecca is starting her second year in UMD's Master of Public Policy program, specializing in International Development and Nonprofit Management and Leadership.  She is a Graduate Assistant with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and participated in the Center's 2014 Global Philanthropy course in Israel and Jordan.  Her current internship is with the Millennium Challenge Corporation's Social and Gender Assessment team, focusing on inclusive growth in Lesotho.  Rebecca is a Fellow with the Robertson Foundation for Government, as well as UMD's 2014 Rosalie Reilly Gubernatorial Fellow. In her first year at UMD, Rebecca worked with The Advocacy Project as their Program Assistant on disability issues in Uganda and Vietnam.  Additionally, she was selected as a co-host of the inaugural student-led Saul I. Stern Symposium, entitled "Inclusion & Outcomes: Where Disability and Policy Meet."  She also led a team that promoted accessible sanitation for Ugandans with disabilities and reached the semi-finals of the 2014 Do Good Challenge.  Prior to moving to Maryland to pursue her degree, Rebecca spent five years in the nonprofit sector as a disability rights advocate, working both stateside (Indiana) and abroad (Uganda).  Originally from the Midwest, Rebecca loves running, hiking, music, and the Chicago Cubs.  She is thrilled to be working with the Score Foundation on the upcoming course in India.

Thangavelu, Veena

Veena is a graduate candidate at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy specializing in International Security and Economic Policy. Her specific interests include innovative technologies and economic sustainability for development in emerging markets and regional security. Prior to her graduate studies, Veena was a Congressional Staffer for U.S. Representative Donna F. Edwards (MD-04) specializing in science and technology legislation as part of a portfolio covering labor, infrastructure, small businesses, military, and homeland security. She received Special Congressional Recognition between 2010 – 2013 for leadership and quality enhancements in conflict resolution and federal negotiation during her tenure with Congress. Recently, Veena served as an analyst for the Department of Defense auditing Afghanistan reconstruction projects. She previously interned at the Department of State Office of the Science and Technology Adviser advancing President Obama’s National Bio-economy Blueprint and building global public-private partnerships in science industries. Veena is currently an analyst in the Bureau of Democracy and Human Rights specific to South and Central Asia. Veena holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with completed research projects in molecular evolution. She consulted through Maryland’s School of Business on strategic planning for non-profit organizations and assisted the School of Public Health in federal grant procurement. She is proficient in Hindi, Spanish, and Urdu. A native to Washington D.C., Veena volunteers with the Department of Agriculture National Animal Health Emergency Corps and steadfastly roots for the Washington Redskins.


YouthReach. Youthreach seeks to inspire individual and collective transformation to create positive social change. It creates opportunities for individuals and organizations to contribute their time, energy, skills, materials and financial resources in response to critical community needs.


Group Project

The Youthreach team will work on a program evaluation project for one of Youthreach’s programs focused on women’s empowerment in a number of villages. The major parts of the project for our team before and during our time in India include: 1) deeply studying the goals and operations of the program as well as understanding what Youthreach wants to gain and learn from the program evaluation; 2) engaging in a literature review of similar programs and program evaluations; 3) designing pilot data collection instrument(s); 4) field visit and testing of pilot instruments; 5) finalizing collection instruments; 6) data collection;  7) data analysis; and 8) reporting writing and creating deliverables in the format(s) most useful for Youthreach. 

Borhan, Zerina

Zerina is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer who started the dual degree program where you earn an MBA and the Master of Public Policy at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2012. Zerina's experience spans a diversity of sectors in several different countries, including Thailand, Barbados, China and Sri Lanka. Currently, Zerina is specializing in International Development at the Policy school and Consulting at the Business school. Last winter, she was able to utilize her skill-sets gained in the different schools by participating in a MBA consulting project in Sri Lanka where she worked with medium-sized entrepreneurs. This summer, Zerina is interning at Federal Management Partners Consulting Inc, as a Human Capital Intern, where she is involved in a variety of project areas relating to career development for the Veterans' Affairs Learning University including, evaluation, outreach, project management and content development.  Zerina will be starting her final year at the University of Maryland this fall, and her long term goal is to serve as a director within an organization that promotes collaboration between the public and private sector to facilitate sustainable economic development initiatives.

January, Brianna

Brianna is a second year graduate student, pursing an MPP specializing in International Development Policy. Brianna is a Maryland native and completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations, Spanish, and Latin American Studies at Notre Dame of Maryland University in Baltimore and La Universidad de Alacala de Henares in Madrid. This summer she served as a Rosenthal Fellow in International Affairs in the Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking at the Department of Labor. She previously interned with the Department of State, Equality Maryland, and Education Based Latino Outreach and also worked at the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership during her first year of graduate school.  During her undergraduate career, she received two grants to complete Peace Projects for the Kathryn Davis Foundation for Peace, one on human rights in Guatemala and one on intergenerational relationships and transitional justice in Peru. Brianna hopes to work in the field of international development, focusing on human rights and development assistance for traditionally marginalized populations, such as LGBT and ethnic minorities.

Luchner, Jillian

Jillian is a second year masters student pursing her MPP Degree with an education specialization. She is particularly excited to be selected for the India trip because the Global Philanthropy abroad programs is one of the reasons she was attracted to the Maryland School of Public Policy. She has been teaching in the Washington, DC area for over 5 years at public, private and charter schools and has a long term goal of contributing her experience and education toward the DC Public School system upon her graduation. Jillian also spent some time working with communities in California's central valley through the Americorps*VISTA program in coordination with the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County. She remains a proud alumnae and supporter of the VISTA experience. Her undergraduate degrees (B.A.) are in Economics and Political Science from the University of Rochester and Geology from Humboldt State University. In her spare time (i.e. when not in grad school), she enjoys hiking and bicycling, visiting local museums and musicians, and practicing her barely passable skills in speaking Spanish.

McCullough, Amanda

Amanda is a second year MPP student with a focus in International Development.  Before attending the School of Public Policy, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Maryland and served for two years as a Youth Development Facilitator with the Peace Corps in Peru.  Amanda recently completed internships with the Americas Division of Human Rights Watch in Washington, DC and with IINCAP “Jorge Basadre,” an NGO based in Cajamarca, Peru. She is currently a graduate assistant with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and works on its Do Good Challenge team.


Wildlife Trust of India. Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) is a national conservation organization committed to effective action for the protection of India’s natural heritage. Its principal objectives include managing or preventing wildlife crises and mitigating threats to individual wild animals, their populations and habitats through holistic strategies and practical interventions.


Group Project

The students will develop an overall strategic fundraising plan for WTI, identifying and researching the most important opportunities for WTI.  They will also create a couple of fundraising templates that WTI can use for applying to various grants/funds and help identify potential funders once they have put the plan together. 


Alexandro, Ben

Ben is a dual masters candidate in Conservation Biology & Sustainable Development as well as Environmental Public Policy with a Nonprofit Management & Leadership Focus.  He works as a teaching assistant for sustainability as well as a graduate assistant at the Environmental Finance Center working on green infrastructure. Since he started at UMD, he has worked at the Jane Goodall Institute as well as completed various consulting projects for organizations such as Eco City Farms, Cacapon Institute, and the US Forest Service.  Ben’s Ride for Eco team also earned third place in the Philanthropy track of the 2014 Do Good Challenge.  Ben graduated cum laude in the honors program at the University of Delaware with a BS in wildlife conservation.  Ben has studied black bears in Georgia and endangered Indiana bats at the Great Swamp.  He has worked for the US Fish and Wildlife Service conducting water management, habitat management in the Colorado Rockies, and managed environmental compliance at a transportation company on Long Island and New York.  As the Outreach Coordinator at Cacapon Institute, Ben created and implemented education programs online and at schools, facilitated restoration projects throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, aided in research, and helped coordinate the Potomac Watershed Partnership.  Ben is from New City, NY and enjoys volunteer projects including restoring Coastal Louisiana, building a sustainable school in the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal, and teaching environmental education in Likoni, Kenya. 

Cuozzo, Holly

Holly is a junior pursuing an individual study in international community development.  On campus, she is involved with women's rugby, the Diamondback, Maryland Images and Students Helping Honduras.  As a sophomore, Holly co-founded the Recovered Food CSA that earned third place in the Social Venture track of the 2014 Do Good Challenge and also took the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership’s signature course on the art and science of philanthropy.  She is looking forward to learning everything she can about being a participant, servant and leader in an NGO, not to mention eating delicious food and experiencing the wonderful Indian culture.  She enjoys playing soccer and volleyball, baking, and hiking in her spare time.

Espinola, Brandy

Brandy is a dual graduate student in the University of Maryland’s Master of Public Policy and the Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology program. She specializes in Environmental Policy with a focus in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. In addition to her studies, Brandy works at the Environmental Finance Center as a project assistant helping to support Maryland’s 157 municipalities as they look for cost-effective and strategic ways to protect their natural assets and revitalize their communities. Last year, Brandy served as a Philanthropy Fellow for the Community Foundation of Prince George’s County where she worked to enhance the organization’s fundraising strategy to replenish the National Harbor Fund, assisted in the grant making process, and promoted the foundation’s workforce development initiative. Brandy’s Ride for Eco team earned third place in the Philanthropy track of the 2014 Do Good Challenge.  In addition to her strong background in local philanthropy, Brandy has a strong passion for travel and international development. She has back-packed through Peru, Chile, and Argentina and has studied abroad in Indonesia where she focused on the interconnections between Indonesia’s environmental and development issues. Last winter Brandy was one of students selected to participate in the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership’s Global Philanthropy program to Israel and Jordan. This year, Brandy is again excited to participate in the Global Philanthropy program where she will be given the opportunity to integrate her passion for philanthropy with her background in environmental sustainability as she works with the Wildlife Trust for India.

Kettering, Kahlil

Kahlil is in his last semester of the Masters in Public Management program with a focus on Nonprofit Management and Leadership. He comes to the program after working for an environmental nonprofit in Miami, Florida for 6 years. There he reviewed Everglades restoration initiatives and managed outreach campaigns to foster public support for environmental restoration, while simultaneously building political support through advocacy efforts at the local, state and federal level of decision making. Prior to this position, Kahlil worked for an environmental consulting firm in Arlington, VA where he administered outreach programs to educate the public about health issues related to indoor air quality. Kahlil also worked at the US Environmental Protection Agency for two years, collecting data about the impacts of new chemicals on the environment and coordinating the transfer of information about pesticides between the USA, Canada, and Mexico under NAFTA. Kahlil is originally from the Washington, DC area but spent a majority of his youth growing up in Nairobi, Kenya, which is where he developed his passion for environmental protection. He is a former NCAA college soccer player and enjoys working in groups with others to achieve shared goals. In 2005 he earned a Bachelors degree in International Studies from American University and in 2007 he earned a Masters in Global Environmental Policy from American University. Last winter Kahlil participated in the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership’s Global Philanthropy program to Israel and Jordan and has served as a graduate assistant with the Center and a teaching assistant for its new Do Good Now courses for undergraduates. In 2014, Kahlil’s Ride for Eco team earned third place in the Philanthropy track of the 2014 Do Good Challenge.  Kahlil is planning on combining his environmental policy background with the new skills he is learning about Public Management to help environmental nonprofits and public agencies expand their sphere of supporters to include younger and more diverse audiences.

Israel and Jordan: Engaging and Exploring the Complexities of Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

In January 2014, we embarked on our first abroad program. For three weeks, nineteen undergraduate and graduate students traveled throughout Israel and Jordan on a once-in-a-lifetime study abroad experience.  The course, led by Dr. Noah Drezner, analyzed global philanthropy and the role of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), focusing on the many diverse and complex humanitarian, philanthropic, and NGO leadership issues facing the two countries and the region in general.  The trip immersed students in countless academic and cultural exchanges, including meetings with over 40 NGO and public leaders and consulting projects that leveraged their expertise. 

During the trip, students met with various leaders creating lasting impact in the Middle East. The group began its journey learning about the culture and history of philanthropy in the Middle East from some of the top scholars at Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University, and Ben Gurion University. In order to gain context and see nonprofits in action, students also conducted site visits with local NGOs— ranging from large multimillion dollar foundations to grassroots organizations serving local communities. While in Israel, students split into small groups to begin a more in depth consulting project with one of four NGOs representing a variety of subjects from refugee support to environmental advocacy and empowerment of the blind, deaf, and deaf-blind.  After returning home to the US, students have continued their projects, which will culminate in a final project based on the specific needs of the NGOs.

While in Jordan, students met with a number of influential leaders including top officials from the Jordanian Health Aid Society (JHAS), the King Hussein and Queen Noor Foundations, and the retired General Mansour Abu Rashid, the former head of Jordanian Intelligence. These organizations and their leaders shared reflections on the dramatic influx of Syrian refugees and its impact on the country and their work.

Students regularly posted to a blog chronicling their learning. For a glimpse into two students' experiences, read Sara Gallagher's One Wall, Many Prayers and Ben Simon's Reflecting on Good vs. Evil.

Below are bios of students emersed in the 2013-2014 Global Philanthropy Program.

Suravi Bhandary is a second year graduate student at the School of Public Policy, University of Maryland and is currently a graduate assistant with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She worked at the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC), Washington DC, as program associate for over two years. Last year she was a Philanthropy Fellow with Kaiser Permanente where she worked for Kaiser’s nonprofit health plan assisting with the selection and management of its grantee portfolio.  In addition she has interned with several non-profit organizations including the Bipartisan Policy Center, Regional Primary Care Coalition and International Crisis Group. Suravi graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2009 with a B.A. in International Relations. She is from Nepal and has lived in India for several years. In addition, Suravi has travelled extensively in India, Nepal, South-East Asia, England, and France. She is fluent in Nepali, Hindi, and conversational Urdu.

Benjy Cannon is a junior, majoring in government & politics and philosophy at the University of Maryland. Benjy recently completed the Digital Cultures and Creativity Program through the honors college. Born in England and raised in Washington D.C., Benjy currently serves as a student representative on the Maryland Hillel Board of Directors. He is the co-founder and board member of a cultural Jewish student group on Maryland's campus, a J Street U National Communications Co-Chair, and president of Maryland's J Street U chapter. Benjy also blogs for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

Nina Daoud is a second-year doctoral student studying Higher Education. Prior to her participation in the Global Philanthropy Program, Nina has worked with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the nation's largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Additionally, she has traveled to a number of countries including Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Germany and Tanzania. Nina holds a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s in Biology and Society from Cornell University.

Brandy Espinola is a second year graduate student in the University of Maryland’s Master of Public Policy program. She specializes in Environmental Policy with a focus in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. In addition to her studies, Brandy works at the Environmental Finance Center as a project assistant helping to support Maryland’s 157 municipalities as they look for cost-effective and strategic ways to protect their natural assets and revitalize their communities. Brandy is also this year’s WRAGs Philanthropy Fellow for the Community Foundation of Prince George’s County. There she works to enhance the organization’s fundraising strategy to replenish the National Harbor Fund, assists in the grant making process, and promotes the foundation’s workforce development initiative. In addition to her strong background in local philanthropy, Brandy has a strong passion for travel and international development. She has back-packed through Peru, Chile, and Argentina and has studied abroad in Indonesia where she focused on the interconnections between Indonesia’s environmental problems and the country’s development issues. She is excited to be participating in this year’s Israel and Jordan course on Global Philanthropy and NGO leadership where she hopes to integrate her passion for philanthropy with her background in environmental sustainability.

Sara Yousefnejad Gallagher is a graduate of McGill University and a Master of Public Policy Candidate at the University of Maryland, where she specializes in Nonprofit Management and Leadership.  Sara works with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, leading the Do Good Challenge.  Sara is also a Philanthropy Fellow at Calvert Foundation this year, where she works with the Strategic Initiatives team on the development of new impact investing portfolios, including a new Diaspora Investment and Engagement Initiative.  Last year she worked as a Philanthropy Fellow for The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region on a number of communications and branding initiatives.  Through professional and personal pursuits, Sara has traveled abroad to Uganda, Turkey, South Korea, England, Scotland, Ireland, and Canada.  Because of her work with Calvert Foundation, her interest in nonprofit capacity building, and as a member of the Middle Eastern Diaspora, Sara is extremely excited to be joining the Israel and Jordan Philanthropy course.

Tamar Gasko is a freshman in the University Honors program of the Honors College at UMD.  As a first semester student, Tamar is still undecided on her major and hopes that participation in the Global Philanthropy will help. Tamar is excited to learn more about Global Philanthropy, especially as it pertains to the Middle East and Israel.  Tamar has traveled to Israel in the past, including a school trip for three months during which she traveled extensively throughout the country, lived on a kibbutz, and did a five day basic “army training.” A precursor to that trip was a five-day tour of the concentration camps in Poland and the old Jewish communities that used to thrive there. Additionally, Tamar spent two months volunteering this past year in Urubamba, Peru. It was a very immersive experience where Tamar lived with a host family, traveled, had daily Spanish lessons, and volunteered with a rural women’s artisan group and in a public school teaching English and good hygiene.

Sarah Gordon is a senior Biology major as well as a candidate for the brand-new Public Leadership minor. Sarah entered UMD in the fall of 2010 as a member of the College Park Scholars Public Leadership program and after receiving her citation in fall of 2012, Sarah continued to be a TA for Public Leadership in the fall of 2012 and 2013. She also participated in the Capital One Leadership Internship Program (CLIP) in the 2011-2012 school year. As part of the CLIP program, she interned at the NGO A Wider Circle in Silver Spring for the fall semester, and then used the global leadership skills that she studied in class during a ten-day immersion trip in Masaka, Uganda. Sarah studied abroad in spring 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa as a student in the faculty of science at the University of Cape Town (UCT). While at UCT, Sarah volunteered for a non-profit that is run through the school, SHAWCO, which works with students in township schools. 

Kahlil Kettering is a first year graduate student and Graduate Assistant for the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. Coming from a multi-cultural Jamaican and “Ohioan” background, he was born in Washington, DC but at the age of five moved overseas and spent 13 years growing up in Nairobi, Kenya. Living in Africa is where he first witnessed global philanthropy, as he helped his father work with an NGO seeking to foster peace and assist refugees from the civil war in Southern Sudan in the 1990s. After returning to the United States for college, he worked at a nonprofit environmental organization in Miami, Florida for five years, advocating for better protections and restoration of Everglades National Park. His first Masters degree is in Global Environmental Policy where he learned about the need for international coordination on many environmental challenges that we face today. He is planning on combining his environmental background with a Master of Public Management degree from the University of Maryland to enhance his skills in organizational development and bring new innovative perspectives to nonprofit management, especially in efforts to diversify the environmental movement.

Jessica Liu is a sophomore double majoring in Government & Politics and Economics with a minor in Piano Performance. She is also a Banneker/Key scholar and is a part of the University Honors program. Jessica immigrated to the United States from Taiwan as an infant. Her multicultural background has influenced her interest in studying International Relations and in serving the global community. Her most memorable service experience is volunteering as an English teacher in rural Taiwan, where she taught sixth graders full-time for two weeks. Last summer, Jessica interned in the U.S. Senate and lobbied congressmen on immigration reform. She is very excited to participate in the UMD-Winter term in Israel and Jordan in order to learn about the sociopolitical issues affecting the region and understand how to address these topics from an international perspective. In the future, Jessica hopes to be specialize in U.S.-East Asian relations or benefit the refugee and immigrant community through working in a non-governmental organization. She is also a Supplemental Instruction leader in the Academic Achievement Program and a board member of the Taiwanese American Student Association at the University of Maryland.

Yeukai Mudzi is a first year Masters student in the School of Public Policy.  She is a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, working specifically on the Global Philanthropy team.  Mudzi is originally from Harare, Zimbabwe and earned her Bachelors degree in Economics with an Anthropology minor from Macalester College in MN.   She is also a United World Colleges graduate.  In addition to Zimbabwe and the USA, she has lived, learned, volunteered in, or traveled to Botswana, South Africa, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia and is grateful and excited to be making her first trip to the Middle East.  Mudzi has held internship positions in various NGOs ranging from a human right organization to a technology-education organization to an international development organization.  She looks forward to exploring how philanthropy lands on the ground and learning how philanthropy is defined in yet another set of cultures.

Chidiebube Nwaneri is junior Communication major and International Development and Conflict Management minor from Hyattsville, Maryland. She is a College Park Public Leadership Scholar alumnus and completed her capstone for the program by taking the "Art and Science of Philanthropy" course funded through the School of Public Policy. Outside of Scholars, she currently serves as an executive board member of the African Students Progressive Action Committee and is a Commuter Representative on the Student Government Association's legislature. In the future, she hopes to receive a Masters in Public Affairs and to work for a public service organization. Chidi has a strong interest in global philanthropy, and after visiting Nigeria last winter, she plans on starting her own non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational resources for children in her parent's native village in rural southeastern Nigeria. She is grateful for the opportunity to study abroad in Israel and Jordan this winter, and hopes this experience will bring one step closer to personal career goals.

T’Sey-Haye M. Preaster is a third-year doctoral student in American Studies (AMST) at the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD). She received her B.A. in African American Studies and Sociology from Smith College, graduating with honors as an Ada Comstock Scholar and Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (MMUF). Prior to graduate school, T’Sey-Haye served for nearly a decade in community philanthropy as a program assistant for The Rhode Island Foundation (RIF) in Providence, RI, where she worked on statewide grantmaking initiatives and advocacy campaigns for affordable housing (HousingWorks RI), funds for women and girls (Women's Fund of RI) and the LGBTQ community (Equity Action), and initiatives for Nonprofit Excellence (INE), and Black Philanthropy (BPI). T'Sey-Haye has held research and administrative fellowship positions with the Council on Foundation's Office of Professional Development, Diversity and Inclusion in Crystal City, VA; the Aspen Institute's Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, DC; and she currently serves as graduate fellow and conference planning coordinator for the national American Studies Association (ASA) in Washington, DC, in addition to a graduate assistantship for the University of Maryland's College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) pilot Social Innovation Scholars Program. T’Sey-Haye’s research interest include: black women’s social movements, institutional leadership and philanthropy in the U.S. (c. 1896-1920); philanthropic theory and practice; nonprofit leadership and social innovation; black feminist theory; and the intersections and impact of race, gender, and class on cultures of giving, identity formation, and group uplift for/by women of color.

Mark Rivera is a passionate and dedicated educator who has worked in a variety of academic contexts. After earning his B.A. in English from the University of Texas at Austin, Mark served in the Peace Corps as a youth development volunteer in Morocco, where he taught EFL classes and led female youth empowerment programs. Upon returning to the States, Mark served as a fellow in the Community Scholars Program at Georgetown University, teaching critical writing to incoming first-generation college students. At the same time he taught English for the Institute of College Preparation and had the pleasure of working with inner-city students from District of Columbia Public Schools. After earning an M.A. in English from Georgetown, Mark served as an Academic Advisor at the University of the District of Columbia as well as Interim Director of the Academic Support Center. Currently, Mark is a Ph.D. student in the Higher Education program at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research is focused on service-learning in higher education and its impact on students from low-SES backgrounds.

Rebecca Scherpelz is a first-year graduate student at the UMD School of Public Policy, specializing in International Development and Nonprofit Management and Leadership. As a graduate assistant with the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership, Rebecca is keenly interested in their global philanthropy work.  Growing up in the Midwest, her interest in international development started as an undergrad at Butler University, followed by five years in the non-profit sector as a disability rights advocate both stateside (Indiana) and abroad (Uganda). She is particularly interested in working with people with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities to help ensure they have an equal place in the conversation of community building, leadership, and growth. In addition to multiple trips to Uganda, Rebecca has had the opportunity to visit family in Europe; travel and volunteer in Central America; and participate in a choral tour of South America. She is thrilled to join the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership on the upcoming experience in Israel and Jordan. Outside of school, Rebecca enjoys running, biking, music, theater, time with family, and cheering on the Chicago Cubs.

Kyle Siefering is in his third year at the University of Maryland. He is participating in the School of Public Policy’s joint Bachelor’s and Master’s degree program, and is therefore planning to finish his undergraduate degree in Government and Politics in May of 2014 and will be pursuing his master’s in Public Policy afterward. He is originally from Excelsior, MN, having come to the University of Maryland to be closer to opportunities in government, both international and domestic. In the last year, he has interned in the Office of Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota’s 5th congressional district. He is ecstatic about the opportunity to travel to Israel and Jordan through the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership.

Ben Simon is a student in the joint Bachelors and Masters of Public Policy degree program as well as the founder and executive director of Food Recovery Network, an organization that unites students at colleges and universities to fight food waste and hunger by recovering surplus perishable food from their campuses and surrounding communities and donating it to people in need.  Ben founded the Food Recovery Network while a student at the University of Maryland and was the first winner of the Do Good Challenge in 2012.  Since winning the challenge, the Food Recovery Network has become an official nonprofit, expanded from three to 19 campuses, recovered over 140,000 pounds of food and donated it to shelters, and just received a $150,000 grant.  Ben was recently recognized by ABC News and Univision as one of their Top 10 Social Entrepreneurs of 2012.  Ben is excited to be a part of the Global Philanthropy Program and expand his understanding of the role of philanthropy in global social change.

Beatrice Torralba was born in the Philippines and raised in Singapore. Her family immigrated to the United States in 2001. Beatrice hails from the great state of Georgia. Currently, Beatrice is a junior majoring in Government and Politics. Her future plans include going to law school and working in the public policy spectrum, along with dreams of running for political office. While in the College Park Scholars Program, Beatrice was president of the Public Leadership Council and a Scholars Ambassador. Beatrice was also a Rawlings Undergraduate Leaders Fellow and her capstone included interning on Capitol Hill for Congressman Austin Scott and being part of the philanthropy class where she had the opportunity to give $10,000 to organizations dedicated to preventing human trafficking. Beatrice is now a teaching assistant for the Public Leadership program. In addition to Scholars-related works, Beatrice is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, the Filipino Cultural Association, and Interfaith Chairperson for the Catholic Student Association.

Joel Vazquez is a sophomore in the process of double majoring in American Studies and Government and Politics, with a double minor in Spanish and German. He is a participant in the University Honors Program in the Honors College and was introduced to the Center for Philanthropy and Non-Profit Leadership through HONR349I – an Honors colloquium that specialized in introducing students to philanthropy and how it can be used as a vehicle for social change.  His experience in the course encouraged him to apply and study in the Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellows Program (2014 cohort), where Joel now analyzes public policies and aspects of leadership in a contextualized setting, complementing his education with social issues in philanthropy. As a participant in the global philanthropy program, Joel hopes to broaden his perspective on philanthropy on a global scale, while simultaneously learning from various Non-Governmental Organizations what it means to be an accountable leader in initiating actions designed to alleviate public problems. Joel is thrilled to go on this unique opportunity in order to serve and cultivate his awareness of philanthropy. In his spare time, Joel likes to travel abroad to various countries, such as Mexico, France, Canada, the United Kingdom and Spain, and learn about different cultures and how they interact with each other.

Jalisa Whitley is a second year Master's in Public Policy candidate specializing in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Jalisa is interested in improving nonprofit capacity through effective collaboration and strategic philanthropy. She is intrigued by the role philanthropy can play internationally in catalyzing innovation and providing safety net support to marginalized populations. She has previously served as a Safety Net fellow with the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region through the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership’s Philanthropy Fellows program. Prior to coming to the School of Public Policy she participated in a short-term study abroad trip to Cluj, Romania and Budapest, Hungary studying race and ethnic relations.

Garrett Zink is a senior Marketing major in the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland. He is also a member of the Honors College-University Honors, as well as the Social Innovation Fellows Program. Garrett is a first year member of the Philanthropy Center’s team, working with the planning and organization of The Center’s first ever Booster Fund for the Do Good Challenge, as well as the Do Good Challenge itself. In summer of 2013, Garrett was the Competitive Analysis and Strategic Marketing Intern for ICMA-RC, a not-for-profit investment firm in Washington, DC. Garrett is also the Philanthropy Chairman of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Garrett is excited to participate in the Global Philanthropy Program to further his understanding of the role of philanthropy in social change movements as well as travelling abroad for the first time. 

Israel and Jordan: Engaging and Exploring the Complexities of Global Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership