Nonprofits often see college students as great volunteers but not as significant donors. After all, while they often are interested in social change, they typically don't have a lot of money.
But a pair of Rutgers University graduate students are proving that college students are capable of giving. And they are hoping to inspire others to follow their lead.
Nick Beckstead and Mark Lee established a Rutgers chapter of Giving What We Can, a British group that encourages its members to pledge at least 10 percent of their income to charities that fight poverty. But the two Rutgers students went one step further. They each pledged to give 10 percent of their graduate-student stipends to charity and half of their incomes once they graduate and start their careers. (The two men study philosophy, and receive graduate stipends of about $30,000 annually.)
And they hope to inspire others to make similar commitments.
You can learn more about their approach in a live online discussion sponsored by The Chronicle and Bolder Giving, an organization that works to encourage philanthropists to give more generously. They will join us on Wednesday, March 23, at noon U.S. Eastern time to take questions about to get young people to commit to a lifetime of giving.