One of the last things on most students’ minds is creating social change through financial means. This isn’t necessarily because of a disbelief in altruism, but commonly, a disbelief in our ability to create any sort of impact that could positively affect the lives of others, or not knowing where to begin.
North American youth like me, face a barrage of financial and social pressures that impact our capacity to participate philanthropically -- at least in the context of giving substantial sums of money. While our expectations of a financial future might be optomistic, the truth is, the job market has remained stubbornly challenging for young people. Often burdened with debt, students are impacted when society places a higher value on financial capital versus human capital. Ultimately, it affects how we see ourselves as change-makers.
My vision is to promote “volanthropy” = volunteering + philanthropy. Afterall, the two biggest biggest assets youth have to give are our time and our skills.
Pledge's For Change has a unique pledging system that is simple, impactful and raises substantial sums of money.
Young people around the world create their own unique "pledge story" and share it across social and mobile channels. With each pledge received, corporate sponsors and generous donors match and reward the individual’s commitment to positive action with a $1 donation. On a regular basis, Pledges For Change makes donations to a registered charity focused on supporting different areas of need. The more pledges submitted, the more youth are inspired, and the greater the capacity for our generation to create tangible change.