THE GENERATION PROJECT INC

Rating: 5 stars   12 reviews

Issues: Education, Philanthropy

Location: 1320 E Madison Park No 2 Alexandra Lee Chicago IL 60615 USA

Mission: Founded in 2008, The Generation Project directly connects individuals, organizations, and companies with underfunded K-12 classrooms in public schools. (1) Donors utilize the interactive platform at www.thegenerationproject.org to create and fund charitable gifts based on their passions and experiences. (2) Educators from low-income schools use the site to claim these gifts, enhancing the educational experiences of their students. (3) Donors can track the implementation of their gift through their philanthropist page, ultimately receiving photographs of students utilizing their gift.
Geographic areas served: The Generation Project is currently serving Title I schools in Chicago, New York, Detroit and Washington, D.C. and is expanding to Greater New Orleans and the San Francisco Bay Area Bay Area during the 2010-2011 school year.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Since I volunteered with The Generation Project in 2010, the nonprofit has grown by leaps and bounds. They've launched in at least two new geographic locations--the Bay Area in California and New Orleans in Louisiana--all the while growing their impact at every location along the way. They have exponentially increased the number of completed and newly opened gifts, such that they currently have 25 amazing opportunities available for educators around the nation. Finally, The Generation Project has managed to do all this while maintaining an incredibly efficient organizational structure through rapid growth of college advocates in each major location. This means that The Generation Project is growing and yet still minimizing overhead and operational costs, thereby ensuring that maximum impact and value goes to the true deserving population: the students.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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As a past intern at The Generation Project, I've had amazing opportunities to create my own projects as well as work on real non-profit challenges. Every day offered a new experience in a new medium, yet every day I was inspired anew by the level of dedication and passion of all team members at The Generation Project.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the effects of true personalized donations for schoolchildren. The pictures and comments from students who received a gift reminds me every day of how much change every donation evokes in their lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

eventually grow The Generation Project to have a presence in every city across America.

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I have been involved with The Generation Project since its inception. I distinctly remember, in early 2008 when the founders of The Generation Project told me about their idea for a non-profit. Since that time, I have been witness to so many amazing accomplishments by The Generation Project. I was there when it won their first online voting competition and received a grant, which provided the seed money to launch www.thegenerationproject.org. I was there when it launched a pilot program that provided gifts to underprivileged students in Los Angeles and Detroit. I was there when it received 501(C)(3) status. I was there for a nationwide launch tour sponsored by Rugby Ralph Lauren. I have witnessed the Generation Proejct implement over five hundred gifts, which have provided underprivileged students with amazing educational opportunities.

I have been a proud member of the Board of Directors of The Generation Project for nearly two years. I am also a proud donor, having designed multiple gifts for students in the Washington DC area. I will continue to support The Generation Project.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Successfully providing underprivileged inner city students with unique educational opportunities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand its marketing and presence. The more people that know about The Generation Project, the more successful it can, and will, be.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

I was close friends with the founders, Eli Savit and Jessica Rauch.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To expand its services to New Orleans and San Francisco.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To provides services to all Title 1 schools.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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The Generation Project has created a great way for people to put students first and improve education. My generation excelled because of the unique resources and influences we had in our schools. It's important that we keep that up for the next generation of students by filling in the gaps, through the Generation Project, where school funding falls short. It's a high impact organization with a lean budget. Keep up the great work GP!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the direct impact it's had on students and schools.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the public's awareness of its operation.

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What attracted me to The Generation Project more than any other education focused non profit, is that they really understand what students need and the power of donors. Nothing can be more meaningful and beneficial than a donation you've designed yourself to benefit low income students. I hope everyone decides to make an impact and fund a gift that you are passionate about!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Donors can see pictures of their gifts in action so they see how they've made a difference in the lives of students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them get the word out and get more funding for their website!

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Hello! I am Monique - a gift implementation intern for The Generation Project :) The Generation Project was my very first opportunity in getting hands-on (VERY hands-on considering it was still very much a start-up when I began) experience in the NPO world. I really must say that I cannot be more grateful that I am to be working for this organization - especially during a time in which my greatest desires have been to contribute to society and to feel like I truly am a part of the larger world. TGP has given me the following opportunities: to work directly with passionate people who desire to give and receive for the next generation, to see how my work directly contributes to young learners, to grow personally in how to manage cases on a micro-level and to work with other interns who also care and believe in our cause. The highlight of my position is when I see the photos of students enjoying the gifts that I helped implement...it's beyond words.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Viewing the uploaded photographs of students all over the U.S. engaging with the gifts that we've implemented. THIS is why we do what we do.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Perhaps further down the road, I believe it would be effective in terms of inspiring donors and other interested people to have an interface on the TGP website where students themselves (educators as well, of course) can submit videos. With videos, I think online donors can experience the impact in a more engaging way, and I personally would love to hear from the students. How did the gifts affect them? Did the gifts inspire them to do something (a project, select a college major, etc.)?

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Working with The Generation Project has been an extremely rewarding and valuable experience. This organization has already impacted thousands of students through generous contributions from a wide range of donors. Being able to see the growth and impact, along with the continued dedication from staff members and donors assures me that this organization will continue to succeed. I look forward working with this organization in the future as it constantly excels in making a difference in the lives of students in the US.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Being able to work directly with teachers from start to finish during the process of making opportunities for their students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand sponsorship and support so that the organization could expand and impact more high-need areas across the country.

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The Generation Project is fabulous in that it allows donors to control where their money goes and how it will help impact the community that they are donating to. I really love how this approach allows the donor to know where the money is actually going, so that you know you are making a real difference instead of shipping your money off and never seeing its effects.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the donations make real impacts on the lives of children.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More people need to know about The Generation Project!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Generation Project is an incredible new charity. Based on my work with them, I can see the dramatic impact they're having in classrooms in cities across the country, and they're doing so with very little overhead expenses. They're model is sustainable and expandable, and I know that they will do great things in the future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my work with the students they serve. I've seen the impact they have first hand, and I can say definitively that they are making a big difference in these students' lives.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would increase their exposure and let more people know how they can pledge gifts.

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When I first heard of the Generation Project, I was intrigued. The Generation Project harnessing donor interests by providing the donor the option to design a personalized gift (for example, if you like soccer, you can donate a soccer ball), post these donations to be claimed by teachers and in essence connect your passions to students in low income schools. The Generation Project has provided countless opportunities for students to live out their dreams while donors receive feedback of the donation. The Generation Project is creative, unique and efficient and i highly recommend donating through this organization.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The feedback from my donation. It was great to see the smiling faces of the children who I was able to inspire with my gift.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get more teachers involved so that every gift will be claimed quickly!

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The Generation Project has inspired me to expand my interest in bettering the k-12 education system and closing the achievement gap. The Generation Project's unique model allows donors to give back in a way that best reflects a person's individual interest and thus, donors connect with the process on a personal level. By creating more transparency, donors can see the difference they are making first hand and track their donations throughout the entire process.

The Generation Project really lets donors engage with their community and come up with innovative ideas in order to improve low income schools. It is both easy and efficient for donors to be in charge of how and where their donations are used which allows for a very rewarding experience.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

As an intern, I have been reaching out to student organizations throughout the University of Michigan campus in order to attract those passionate about education reform. Our model allows students to come up with formative ideas to donate to schools that reflect their groups mission on campus. It is remarkable to see so many student groups interested in giving back to to the community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase the number of cities where donations can be made in order to get more people involved with the organization and to spread awareness about the need for more resources in low income schools.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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