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China Care Foundation Inc
July 29, 2009

China Care Foundation has a clear mission to help disabled Chinese orphans receive life-saving surgeries. One of my best friend's, Alice Chen, inspired me to get involved with China Care. After volunteering in one of the China Care children's homes, she began her freshman year at NYU. We were roommates that year. Together, with three others, we founded the NYU China Care club, a university club dedicated to raising funds and love for the children of China Care Foundation. Being involved with the organization has given me a new perspective on what it means to care for others. Through raising funds for dozens of disabled children, I have had the opportunity to touch the lives of so many. For this, I am truly blessed.

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

helping disabled orphans. I have seen the children first-hand and am proud that I did a great deal in raising funds to make the lives of the children so much better.

Ways to make it better...

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

partner with media partners and advertising agencies to create a pro bono advertising strategy and get the word out to a larger scale audience.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to lead others at NYU as a co-founder and President of the NYU China Care club. Our team has worked together with clubs acorss NYU to raise hope and funds for children in China. We have seen them be nursed to health. It's incredible.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

dedicated and passionate about helping children. I've met volunteers from other university China Care clubs, as well as full-time staff from Connecticut.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a lot of disabled Chinese orphans receive life-saving surgeries. They would be able to also expand their operations in China to help more children, beyond their current capacity.

Ways to make it better...

I had the opportunity to create more content about China Care without having to be fully monitored at every step. For some reason, China Care likes to hang onto power. This could be improved.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

(1) power struggles. It seems that they change power too often and they are very protective of themselves, in a stand-off manner. (2) lack of conversation. Because they try to control every piece of information about China Care, conversation is limited.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I really enjoyed my time with China Care at NYU. I hope I can continue to be a part of the organization as I continue on after college.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & President and Co-Founder of China Care NYU.

Cancer Schmancer Foundation
July 29, 2009

Cancer Schmancer is a foundation committed to helping find a cure for cancer and helping those who are currently suffering from cancer. Fran Drescher, the President and Visionary of the foundation, is a hero in her own rights and a true inspiration for people battling cancer.

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

pulling together to fight cancer! As a volunteer in the Revlon Run/Walk on the Cancer Schmancer team, I felt the energy behind their cause!

Ways to make it better...

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

do exactly what they're doing now! However, I would create smaller Cancer Schmancer clubs on school campuses across the nation to get everyone fired up about fighting cancer. I'd also start a social media movement to get the conversation started.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the energy that everyone brings to the table. Everyone is inspired to make a difference. This is something so rare in life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind, interesting and dedicated. I even had the chance to walk in the Revlon Run/Walk with Fran Drescher herself! Everyone is down-to-earth and eager to help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

put in the time and effort to research for cures for multiple cancers. They are already do so much. 10 million bucks would go a long way.

Ways to make it better...

social media was more integrated into the mix. While they are great with their Facebook page, they should be more interactive with the community. I believe they have a Twitter account, but I haven't seen any updates recently.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

time and money. They are doing a lot to search for a cure for cancer, but of course time and money get in the way for every organization of its kind.

One thing I'd also say is that...

everyone at Cancer Schmancer is smart, dedicated and down-to-earth. They truly deserve the 2009 Cancer Fighters Award for being outstanding in their fundraising and amazing with their high spirits!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Revlon Run/Walk 2009 Participant.