One for the World (OFTW) was founded with a simple mission. We as MBA students genuinely care about the world and want to give back, but sometimes we don’t know the best way to do so. The goal of OFTW was to make it easy for MBAs to give back in a thoughtful, structured, and effective way. The response we've gotten from fellow classmates has been invigorating. In One for the World's first bi-annual report, we want to share the impact created because of your generosity, your engagement, your pledge. Read on to learn more about the results from Wharton's giving.
We feel that are our contributions are needed now, more than ever. The world's poorest face incredible hardship: by the time you finish reading this sentence, one child under the age of 5 will have died. Despite the seemingly endless need, poverty can be eradicated. One Wharton class could provide de-worming treatments to 10 million children or protect 600,000 people from malaria for 3-4 years. You may think an individual donation does not matter, but just $50 could fund a cataract surgery to cure someone's blindness. When we treat giving like investing, the social returns from highly effective charities is truly hard to believe.
OFTW has seen fantastic growth since its inception back in 2014. We've begun to host world-renowned speakers on campus, such as distinguished philosopher Peter Singer, who attracted over 650 people. We've seen a growing number of people making the OFTW pledge: 45 people in the Class of 2014, and 110 people in the Class of 2015, including the first faculty member, management professor Samir Nurmohamed. And we've begun to expand, launching a chapter of OFTW at Harvard Business School and one at Penn Law. The movement has started to gain recognition - in May we were featured on a local television show.
Our vision is that a few years from now, thousands of MBAs and graduate students will be giving generously to effective charities. To achieve this goal, we hope to continue to our efforts at Wharton, HBS, Penn Law, and beyond. While we are immensely thankful for your contributions, the ones who are really thankful are those whose lives have been saved as a result of your giving. We invite you to read more in this report to learn about the collective impact Wharton has made. You will likely never see, hear from, or meet these beneficiaries, but we assure you they are grateful for your altruism.
One for the World Past and Present Co-Presidents
Amaan Banwait (’15), Kate Epstein (’14), Anita Hossain (’15), Josh McCann (’14), Rob Struck ('16), Yasmin Tailor ('16)