COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (UNDERGRADUATE)
One for the World asks students and alumni to donate 1% of their income to effective charities. Our goal is to raise money for evidence-backed non-profits that help the world's poorest and most vulnerable people in the most effective ways.
We developed a rigorous process for evaluating non-profits and have identified the most effective organizations in this space: The Against Malaria Foundation, GiveDirectly, Possible, Living Goods and Population Services International.
We are starting the movement at Columbia University, join us.
One for the World Columbia is excited to welcome 20 new board members! We want to thank you all for coming to the kickoff meeting! It was great to see so many new faces and reconnect with familiar ones. we are excited to get to know you all and work with you in the coming months to spread One for the World’s message. Here is some data about the last semester:
To date, One for the World Columbia has raised $5,680, with approximately another $15,000 committed. So far, this translates to:
721 bed-nets provided through Against Malaria Foundation;
276 people receiving healthcare goods and services through Living Goods;
12 people receiving healthcare in rural Nepal through Possible;
204 people provided with clean water through Evidence Action;
21 children dewormed through SCI;
543 people provided with iodized salt to prevent brain damage through GAIN;
287 people provided with an adequate micronutrient foundation through Project for Healthy Children;
2 people saved from blindness through the Fred Hollows Foundation;
3 women transported to hospitals to avoid fistula during childbirth through the Fistula Foundation;
$900 given directly to people in need through Give Directly.
We found ourselves feeling rather emotional reading through these figures. Even as ardent believers in One for the World's mission, we were quite amazed to see the impact we have already had after just two semesters at Columbia. This is a testament to each and every one of you: your passion, your dedication, and your incredibly hard work. We are humbled to be a part of an organization full of such compassionate and committed people. We hope you will take a moment to appreciate what you have been able to do so far. But, as we all know, our mission is far from over. We aim to double our pledges -- and our impact -- this semester, and further expand the community of philanthropists and advocates we have started to build here at Columbia. After talking with so many of you, I have little doubt that we will be able to achieve these goals.
Here is a link to apply to be a new member!!
What does OFTW mean to you?
"I got involved with OFTW because it's a wonderful opportunity for students to directly engage in philanthropic work. The idea of serving people without borders and helping them achieve a basic sense of livelihood fills me with boundless joy. I believe OFTW is an unique platform that thrives on the idea of 'giving' without asking for anything in return, and that's true humanity."
-Raktim Borpatragohain, Outreach
What does OFTW mean to you?
"As a college student, it's easy to get wrapped up in academics and worrying about internships, life after college, etc. I used to volunteer in my local community frequently, but during my first year at Columbia I not only participated in very little service opportunities but lost sight of giving back. OFTW means I not only have the platform for effective giving but that I can rediscover my passion as well. It's the push I need to work towards getting back on track and remembering what really matters. "
-Sofia Smith, Marketing Co-Chair
11/09/17: OFTW Hosts Bernard-Henri Lévy
We hosted Bernard-Henry Lévy, a celebrated philosopher, activist and filmmaker, for a lively discussion on the philosophy of activism, international engagement and why committing oneself to others is not a choice but a moral requirement.
Bernard-Henri Lévy answered the call of famed French writer and statesman André Malraux to support Bangladesh in the fight for independence and against genocide. Since then Lévy has filmed and given a voice to millions from Bosnia, Darfur and Colombia to Sri Lanka, Burundi, the Nuba Mountains, Pakistan, Libya, Afghanistan and most recently, Kurdistan.
10/23/17: OFTW Columbia Hosts Alan Dershowitz
We hosted a discussion with Alan Dershowitz, an American lawyer, jurist, and author. At only 28, Dershowitz became the youngest professor of law in the history of Harvard Law School. He was also the appellate adviser for the defense in the O.J Simpson murder trial in 1995. The discussion was moderated by Gabi Steele, previously at The Washington Post. During the event, Dershowitz discussed both the positive and negative consequences of the widespread growth of technology, urging students to take advantage of recent developments in order to address—and potentially solve—current worldwide issues. Dershowtiz also commented on the importance of “strategic philanthropy”, essentially figuring out ways to allow people to help themselves in the long term.
10/10/17: OFTW Hosts Steve Hind
Steve Hind is now at one of the world's largest hedge funds. His impressive background includes an MBA at Harvard Business School and time spent at The Boston Consulting Group.
Hind has always been fundamentally curious and passionate about philantrophy and how to encourage our generation to take action. This past year, he joined the advisory board of 1ForTheWorld. Come hear Hind discuss how he has taken his experience at some of the top firms in the world and translated that knowledge to pursuing the betterment of others' lives.