Getting to Know Pencils of Promise’s Rachele Aidala (Part 2)
PoP’s Community Engagement Coordinator Talks Plans and Pop Stars with Scholarships.com
by Suada Kolovic
- According to PoP’s website, 100% of online donations go directly towards educational programs. How is the organization able to make such a huge contribution?
At PoP we know how important it is for supporters to know where their contribution is going. We promise that 100% of all funds donated or raised online will go directly towards education programs, 0% towards overhead. We separately raise the funds necessary to cover our operating expenses through private and offline donations. This system allows supporters to exclusively impact the lives of those they seek to empower.
- Are there any exciting campaigns launching soon that you can share with Scholarships.com’s readers?
There’s an exciting opportunity for Scholarship.com readers this fall. Pencils of Promise is awarding scholarships to The Impossible Ones – the dreamers audacious enough to believe they can change the world and hungry enough to actually do it. PoP is awarding $5,000 in scholarships to students that join The Impossible Ones movement by fundraising to build schools in the developing world. Students who fundraise over $100 will be entered to win scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000. Additionally, each student who fundraises more than $1,000 will be entered to win a full Semester at Sea scholarship to travel the globe and earn 12-15 college credits. Students can sign up at www.impossibleones.org until October 31.
- How can our readers get involved with PoP (donation, volunteer, internship, etc.)?
There are many ways to get involved with PoP. If you’re looking to be part of the PoP family, we always have internship opportunities at our NYC headquarters. If you want to make a direct impact by fundraising, you can set up your own personal fundraising page on www.impossibleones.org. Students everywhere are doing incredible things to fundraise for PoP, like donating their birthday or taking on a physical challenge. The scholarships available through The Impossible Ones just makes getting involved that much more exciting.
- How did Justin Bieber get involved and how is he using his star power to raise awareness about PoP?
Justin Bieber’s manager, Scooter Braun, is PoP founder Adam Braun’s brother. Justin has been an invaluable spokesperson for PoP. He uses his voice to advocate for global access to education, and encourages his fans to get involved as well.
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