Name: Matthew Svancara
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Position: Political Affairs Intern

Fundraising Goal: $500

How did you get interested in global issues?
I am currently in graduate school for Political Science with a concentration in international affairs. I have always had an interest in global issues. Foreign policy has always been an interest of mine, and I believe everyone should be more informed on global issues because all the countries of the world are interdependent on each other.

Why are you volunteering your time to serve the world’s poor?
I took a sustainability and international development class my fall semester of graduate school. It gave me perspective how much more the United States, and the world in general, can do to help alleviate poverty. By ending global poverty, it helps to maintain a stable world order and give people who are living in developing countries a sense that they can rise out of poverty and live better lives.

Any interesting tidbits to share?
I love politics, sports such as the NFL, I like to travel and workout

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

  1. $100: Cook you dinner.


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