Don’t just make a living, make a difference. That could be the mantra for GWSB students who recently raised more than $5,000 for a nonprofit organization that mentors D.C. high school students.
Business Gives Back, an initiative started by MBA students, held a fundraiser last month for more than 200 people at the House of Sweden on the Georgetown Waterfront. Proceeds went to LearnServe International, a nonprofit led by MBA student Scott Rechler. LearnServe helps high school students develop business planning, problem-solving and cross-cultural fluency skills. Sixty high school students in the D.C. area were selected this year to participate in the LearnServe Fellows Program.
Business Gives Back plans to hold one major fundraising event each year to benefit organizations led by GW students, alumni or employees that make a difference in the D.C. community. Sponsors, including Lockheed Martin, RBC Wealth Management, Wiley Rein LLP and Philip Carter Winery of Virginia, provided donations for the event.
“When we started this initiative, we had three primary goals: to showcase GW community-led initiatives that have a social impact in the D.C. area, to support these initiatives by fundraising and raising awareness, and to create an incentive for others to become leaders in their community,” said MBA student Stephen Smith, who co-founded Business Gives Back. “I hope this does encourage others to take that leap, be a leader and apply what they have learned in school to a community in need of their services.”
Posted by gwsb on March 22, 2011 | Filed under: GWSB News.