Name: Elise Manzari
Location: Princeton Junction, New Jersey
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
I love to travel, and in high school I worked four jobs to save up enough money to travel to 8 different countries. While visiting other places, I immediately noticed the differences in development and economic prosperity between the United States and those places. I became curious about the root causes of poverty, and what I could do to combat it.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I want to use my education and my resources to reduce global poverty. I also want to increase awareness about global poverty and the extent to which it persists in our modern world.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
Earlier this summer I studied abroad in Barbados to learn about the economy of the Caribbean and which steps Caribbean countries can take to further develop and better their standards of living.

My compassion/humility list:
I will do the following for any friends or family who donates in my honor…

  1. For $20, I will walk your dogs
  2. For $50, I will bake you two dozen of your favorite kind of cookies
  3. For $75, I will babysit your children
  4. For $100, I will lifeguard your pool party (I am Red Cross Lifeguard/CPR certified with over three years of experience!)
  5. For $125, I will draw a portrait for you (given you provide a reference image)


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