Proxied Giving Mentorship Program
The Proxied Giving Mentorship Program is a mentorship program that is offered as a follow-up to our workshops. The program matches each student with a mentor who is either an experienced donor to charitable organizations or has expertise in an area of a cause that the student is interested in. The student and mentor will engage in bimonthly meetings to discuss where the money should be donated and decide bilaterally where to donate the money. The money that they donate will be the mentor's own money most of the time. This program is designed to provide students with the opportunity to continue practicing their effective giving skills and to gain a deeper understanding of the philanthropic process under the guidance of experienced mentors. The ultimate goal of the program is to empower students to become socially responsible leaders and to make a meaningful and tangible difference in the world.
Some examples of causes that students and mentors may consider in the Proxied Giving Mentorship Program include:
1. Global poverty and economic inequality:
Supporting organizations that work to alleviate poverty and improve the lives of people living in low-income countries.
2. Animal welfare and rights:
Supporting organizations that work to improve the welfare of animals, such as those that promote humane treatment of farm animals or that work to protect endangered species.
3. Climate change and environmental conservation:
Supporting organizations that work to mitigate the effects of climate change, such as those that focus on renewable energy or carbon offsetting.
4. Mental health and well-being:
Supporting programs and organizations that aim to improve access to mental health care and reduce the stigma surrounding mental illness. This can include funding for counselling services, crisis hotlines, and awareness-raising campaigns.
5. Education and access to opportunity:
Providing education and access to opportunity can help empower individuals and communities to improve their own lives and break the cycle of poverty. This can include funding for primary and secondary education, scholarships, and vocational training programs.
6. Human rights and social justice:
Supporting organizations that work to protect and promote human rights, such as by fighting against discrimination or providing legal aid to marginalized groups.
7. Medical research and global health:
Providing funding and support for medical research and global health initiatives, such as fighting infectious diseases, developing new treatments and therapies, and improving access to healthcare in low-income countries.
8. Disaster relief and emergency aid:
This cause focuses on providing support and assistance to individuals and communities affected by natural disasters, conflicts, or other emergencies. This may include providing food, shelter, medical care, and other basic needs, as well as rebuilding infrastructure and supporting long-term recovery efforts.
9. Community development and empowerment:
This area of giving focuses on supporting programs and initiatives that improve the lives of people in local communities by providing access to resources and opportunities that promote self-sufficiency and community growth. Examples of causes within this area could include supporting microfinance initiatives, community gardens, and job training programs.
10. Promoting effective altruism and rationality:
This cause involves supporting organizations and initiatives that aim to promote effective altruism and rationality as a way of thinking and decision making. This can include organizations that conduct research on effective charities, organizations that provide resources and education on effective giving, and groups that advocate for the adoption of effective altruism within communities and society at large.