The Journey that led me to Timmy
As I sit here at my desk inside Timmy Headquarters, a few days into the fourth week of my internship, I can’t help but think about all the amazing opportunities that landed me in this seat. I am about to be a s…s…senior (I’m not accepting that part yet) at IU and it’s hard to believe time has gone by so fast. Wasn’t it just yesterday that I was sitting on my dorm room bed, thinking I would never decide on a major or find my place in this crazy world? Although I still don’t know exactly where I’ll up end after graduation next year, I am confident in the fact that I will continue to work for the greater good of society and the well-being of our world, just as I have already learned to do in a few short weeks at Timmy.
My involvement with Timmy started 3 years ago without me even realizing it, and the journey has been incredible ever since.
In the midst of my freshman year, fickle and uncertain about basically everything in life, I heard about LAMP- the Liberal Arts and Management Program. LAMP allows students at IU with a major inside the College of Arts and Sciences to boost their education with a certificate that combines all aspects of liberal arts with key components of management and general business practices. In light of this new information, my decision to major in sociology was quickly affirmed and I suddenly felt like I was doing exactly what I was supposed to do. I have always wanted to work directly with people, so with the combination of sociology that allows me to understand complex interactions within society and a background in management, I knew I could make a difference somehow, someday.
LAMP then led me right to Timmy. By my sophomore year I was on the LAMP student advisory board and a member of the Virtu Project, two student-led organizations within the LAMP program. I was so involved and had finally found my niche among the other 40,000 students walking around campus.
In the blink of an eye it was my junior year, I was elected as Director of Donor Relationships for the Virtu Project and I was filling out my application to becoming Timmy’s 2015 summer intern. Now I’m working on various administrative projects and in a little more than a month I will be flying to Ecuador, which will be my first time out of North America—and I can’t even express how excited I am to serve the communities of Misahualli in Tena, Ecuador and see our amazing work in action!
Please continue reading to learn a bit more about The Virtu Project and our philanthropic relationship with Timmy Global Health. For those who are unfamiliar, Virtu is a student led club dedicated to educating our members about smart, ethical investing while benefiting our philanthropic partner, Timmy Global Health.
In order to do this, we reach out to potential donors and ask them to pledge virtual money that we turn around and “invest”. Throughout the year we closely monitor our mock investment portfolio, learning how to best buy and trade stocks to gain high growth rates on the portfolio. At the end of the year, donors match up to a maximum of 15% of the returns made on the portfolio and donate that money to Timmy Global Health.
Here is a simple flow chart explaining how things work:
For example, a donor pledges $10,000 and the fund yields 10% return in one year, the donor would write a check for $1,000. In another scenario, the donor pledges $1,000 and the fund yields its maximum of 15%, the donor would write a check for $150.
No matter the size of the pledge, anything will help us help support Timmy and their continual effort to alleviate global health challenges. Click here to learn more about the impact the Virtu Project has had on Timmy’s work since 2006.
By Emma Hearn
Emma is Timmy’s 2015 summer LAMP intern (representing IU’s Liberal Arts and Management Program). She came to Timmy by way of the Virtu Project, where she serves as the Director of Donor Relations. She will be joining a Timmy medical trip to Tena, Ecuador at the end of July, but is working on a number of important fundraising, finance, and partnership development projects in the meantime. This post highlights some of those projects, and shares insight about how the LAMP and Virtu Project are impacting Timmy’s work. Learn more about the Virtu Project by downloading the 2014 Annual Report or visit their website: http://www.indiana.edu/~virtu/
Any donation made via the Virtu Project now will help support Timmy in the future!