June 23-26, 2022 in Dallas, Texas
Emory Ambassador, Ian Wang, reflects on this year's Ambassadors Conference
Warren Buffett and Bill Gates have called for the most affluent people in the world to demonstrate philanthropic leadership by committing to give away a large amount of their wealth to charitable causes. Many of these high net worth individuals and couples make their pledges public in order to inspire others’ personal giving commitments. As college students who have not yet embarked upon a career, now is the time to thoughtfully consider your own philanthropic ideals in a Giving Goal.
Through the evaluation of past grants, we hope students further challenge their assumptions about giving, thoughtfully reflect on their grant-making decisions and initial goals for providing the grants, and contribute to future students’ learning.
I learned that engaging in philanthropy is not exclusive to the wealthy or powerful. Impacting a community, whether local or international, begins with the individual drive to partake in collective change.Ximena De La CruzUniversity of Texas
Giving a grant of $50,000 placed a sense of duty upon our class to do things ‘right’ – to act as a foundation and morally find ways to advocate for social justice.John YimUniversity of Michigan
This challenging class presented a multi-layered thought experiment. Not only did I think about the consequences of giving money to the different causes but also about a life dedicated to philanthropic activity.”Sonal GoyalStanford University
I’ve learned the importance of giving strategically—understanding the needs and constraints first and also supporting leaders who are able to connect the brain to the heart.Rosie ZhangHarvard
This course made me realize that although philanthropy is an inherently personal experience, great results can be achieved through collaboration and collective action.Meredith GreeneNorthwestern University