Athena’s Annual Global Give NAFSA Fundraiser

Typically at conference expo halls, there are tons of giveaways and trinkets that are free for the taking.  But with so many people in need around the world, that seems like a silly use of money that could instead be used in a better way – to help.  Therefore we decided to mobilize that interest in fun freebies to raise money for Athena SOS Charity Initiative’s newest member, GoAbroad Foundation!  Because of this, Athena Study Abroad launched its First Annual Athena “Global Give” Charity Fundraiser at NAFSA in Denver, Colorado in 2016 and it was a huge success!  Every dollar we collected at NAFSA (along with an Athena dollar-for-dollar donation match) went directly to the GoAbroad Foundation.

In fact, our Global Give Fundraiser was so popular among NAFSAites that we decided to make it a permanent part of Athena’s charitable arm, S.O.S. (hence adding ‘annual’ to the title!)

Giving back is a core mission of Athena Study Abroad and through the various branches of our S.O.S. program we, and our students, have been able to join countless charitable organizations to bring about change we want to see in the world. From service-based scholarships, to donations of proceeds & services, to staff service to our own community, we do all that we can to make the world a better place for everyone because we feel as global citizens, it is our duty to do so.

With the donations raised at NAFSA during our 1st annual Global Give Fundraiser in Denver, we were able to donate enough to the GoAbroad Foundation to result in the creation of a brand new GoAbroad Annual Scholarship that supports a student in the Philippines to go to school for an entire academic year! We were beyond thrilled with the support we received from our fellow international educators and are very excited to continue giving to this amazing charity.  Then, we broke records during our 2nd annual Global Give Fundraiser by doubling the amount of money we were able to raise, and contribute through Athena’s dollar-for-dollar match, to donate to the GoAbroad Foundation!  We look forward to many years of providing educational opportunities to these deserving students through donations to this very worthy charity.

Learn more about Athena’s SOS Charity Initiative, as well as GoAbroad Foundation and all of the other charities we support.

For extra inspiration, browse through our Global Give Events to see all of the good that our partners in international education help us to do through the Global Give Fundraiser at NAFSA annually.

Stay tuned for details on the 3rd Annual Global Give Fundraiser in our home state of Pennsylvania when NAFSA rolls into Philadelphia in 2018!

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