On April 18, Halima Leak, executive director of the Center for Fundraising and Philanthropy, participated in the H.O.P.E. Scholarship’s #HOPEChat on Twitter. The chat, “Generation Y: The New Wave of Philanthropists”, also featured Ciara Bostick, founder of God’s Gift, Inc., Craig Brown, Ph.D., philanthropist, speaker, and I.T. expert, and Christopher Johnson, executive director of the Nonprofit Center of North Central Florida. Leak got an assist in the discussion from one of the Center’s student staff members, DaJana Givens. This marks the second time a Quinnite has participated in #HOPEChat. President Michael Sorrell served as a panelist in the chat “Which HBCUs Will Survive the 21st Century and Why?” in August 2012.
“Having a discussion about the emerging generation of philanthropists gave me an opportunity to talk about issues related to the evolution of charitable giving,” said Leak. “While philanthropy is still very personal to donors, the approach to giving and asking has become more sophisticated. In the chat I gave an example of today’s donors wanting to eradicate hunger rather than feed one person.”
Givens was pleased to be more than an assistant during the chat. “I was involved in the conversation,” she said. No stranger to non-profit work or charitable efforts, Givens was a member of the Knights of Peter Claver’s Junior Daughters chapter in her native Kansas City, Missouri.
The freshman also enjoyed getting the opportunity to take another step into the field via the chat. “When I applied (to Paul Quinn), I saw Fundraising and Philanthropy was offered so I chose that as a major,” she recalls. As a result, she was pleased that specific attention was paid to getting youth involved in philanthropic efforts. Among her tweets Givens declared that giving is something young people are taught, and she promoted the Center’s (@PQCPhilanthropy) student giving programs as an example.
Leak, who is new to Twitter, enjoyed being able to use technology to discuss the topic. “The experience really highlighted the power of technology and social media in engaging people in discussions in a cause. When I think about the potential for using social media to increase awareness around fundraising, the possibilities are endless.”
Pictured: Halima Leak gets her bearings with Twitter during #HOPEChat
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