Meet Mia, Our New Summer Intern
My name is Mia, and I’m the new summer intern working at Where Do You Give? I’m so excited to be here!
I thought I’d start by telling you a little about myself: I’m originally from northern New Jersey, and about to enter my senior year at the University of Pittsburgh, where I’m studying Communication and Religious Studies, with a minor in French, and most recently spent a fascinating—and tasty—semester in Brussels. Prior to coming to AJWS, I’ve interned at Hillel International in Washington, D.C.; for the New York office of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, at the Jewish National Fund and for the Brussels-based European Youth Forum. My areas of expertise are social media, event planning and marketing, and education communications.
Coming from the non-profit Jewish world, I couldn’t help but be familiar with AJWS’s work. And growing up in a Jewish home, the concept of tzedakah, and the responsibility to give, was familiar to me: from the ubiquitous Jewish National Fund (JNF) blue box to supporting friends running in the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure. The questions was never “whether you give?”, but rather “what do you give?”
But the question that this project is built on—“Where do you give?”—was a new one for me. By asking “where,” and not “what,” or “how much,” we shift the focus of the action of giving. We move the spotlight from the giving itself, whether it is money, time or energy, and shine it onto the recipient, the result of our giving. In so doing, we bring to the forefront of our consciousness our reason, our impetus for the giving. When we ask “Where do you give?” we allow ourselves to take a moment and reflect on why we are doing this act of tzedek (justice) in the first place, and what or who we care about enough in this world to give to. I can’t wait to start exploring this question with all of you.
And I’m going to begin by doing it next week at Giving by Design: Celebrating New Tools for Inspired Philanthropy, where we’re kicking off a national exhibit of the finalists’ pieces from our national design competition that started it all. The celebratory evening co-presented by 92YTribeca is on June 20th from 7-9pm, and will feature innovative art and inspired discussion around the future of philanthropy. Join me to hear from the judges, meet the artists, and of course—enjoy some good food and wine!
I’m looking forward to a summer of thoughtful discussion, social media adventures, and of course, hearing from all of you. If you want to share your thoughts on “where do you give?” or ask any questions about the event, give me a shout-out in the comments below. Happy giving!