Collective Giving 2018

Collective Giving 2017

Collective Giving

Philadelphia Area

Peace Corps Association

​​As a PAPCA member, you are eligible to nominate an organization or project you love to be considered for a $250 mini-grant through PAPCA's new collective giving program. Between October 1 and October 15, nominate any international development organization or project you think it worthy of the grant. The only rule? Projects must be based in a current or former Peace Corps country. To nominate an organization, click here.

 What is Collective Giving?: In Collective Giving, like-minded people come together to support shared causes. They pool their resources and decide collectively where, when, and how to award grants. In this model, YOU help decide where PAPCA gives its money.

 Why Collective Giving?: PAPCA's mission is to promote Peace Corps' legacy of volunteerism, global citizenship, and cross-cultural understanding. We see the act of giving back to our countries of service as one critical element of global citizenship. PAPCA has a history of donating to worthy causes, but we want these decisions to be driven by our members. That's why we invite you to get involved.

 What types of organizations or projects can I nominate?: PAPCA members can nominate any organization or project in a current or former Peace Corps country. It can be a currently-posted Peace Corps Partnership Project, your former host organization, a locally-run organization in your country of service that you know and trust, or anything in between. There does not need to be any formal link between the nominated organization and Peace Corps.

 What's the timeline for this process?
Nominations open to PAPCA members: July 31- August 31
PAPCA Board selects finalists to be voted on by members: Sept. 1-Sept. 6th
Voting open to members: Sept 9th – November 9th
Winner announced: Nov 15th
Additional donations for winning organization welcomed: Dec. 31st

Like the idea of Collective Giving? Interested in making a bigger impact?: We're committed to giving $250 to the winning organization, but we'd like to give more with your help! Please consider making a donation directly to the Collective Giving program either by sending a check to Philadelphia Area Peace Corps Association / 1939 E Zabenko Dr / Wilmington DE 19808, made out to PAPCA with "Collective Giving" in the memo line OR through Paypal (add "Collective Giving" in the special instructions section), or through Venmo at @Philly-RPCVs. 100% of your donation will be added to the base amount given to the winning organization. So, for example, if we receive $100 in donations from members, we will give the winning organization $350. Your tax-deductible donation will be instrumental in helping connect RPCVs to worthwhile projects across the globe.

Thanks for sharing with us the organizations that you know are having a real impact across the globe! We look forward to hearing from you!

And the winner of this year's Collective Giving Campaign for 2018 is...

PAPCA is thrilled to announce this year's Collective Giving winner:


The Kothiary Resource Center in

Kothiary, Senegal! 




Thanks to all of you who nominated and voted for organizations as part of PAPCA's  Collective Giving program in 2017. Read about the winning organization below:


Success with Girls on the RUN!














Update on Last Year's Winner: Girls Gotta Run Foundation (GGRF)


Thank you, PAPCA, for selecting GGRF as your Collective Giving recipient for 2017. Your kind donation of $842.69 made a big impact in the lives of the girls and families we work with in Bekoji, Ethiopia. The funding you provided was enough to sponsor the full participation of one girl and her family in our Athletic Scholarship Program, as well as contribute to the overall programming in Bekoji. Thanks to your support, Surkalem Figure (pictured with her mom at the market) was able to complete 7th grade in 2017 and participate in the GGRF Program. Surkalem received the following in 2017:

-Full scholarship to attend secondary school, including healthcare for student and her mom, daily meals, uniform, books, tutoring, access to school clubs and library, showers and space to wash clothes on the weekend.
-Completion of the GGRF/Center for Creative Leadership Life Skills Curriculum developed to create safe spaces for girls and provide experiential learning modules on family planning, financial literacy, HIV/AIDS awareness, nutrition, healthy relationships, leadership, and creative expression.
-Running clothes, shoes and healthy snacks for the year
-Entrance and transportation to Ethiopian races throughout the year
-Oversight of a coach and running mentor
-Oversight of a female life skills mentor

Sarkalem's mother also participated in our Mothers' Savings and Entrepreneurship Group, where she received a 5-day business training and financial literacy course. She is now part of the Mothers' Savings Group, which meets every week to save their money and discuss how to invest it in their small businesses. She continues to receive the oversight of our Program Manager and Savings Group Facilitator to ensure that she has the guidance needed to invest her funding in her business and see the returns she needs to build a financially resilient future for herself and her family.

Thanks to your investment, Surkalem has completed a higher level of education, avoided early marriage, completed the GGRF life skills curriculum, developed a network of peers, and is on the path to higher education. Surkalem's family has begun to lay the foundation for greater financial success in the future and has a group of women to work alongside.

Thank you again for your kind donation and for selecting GGRF as your PAPCA Collective Giving recipient. We greatly appreciate your support!

Kayla Nolan, Director 

Inspired to give more to the Girls Gotta Run Foundation? Click here!