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Saima Zaman, Program Officer

Doing Philanthropy eBay-style: GlobalGiving

Have you ever written a check for a charity and wondered, “Where is this money going? Is it really doing anything?” GlobalGiving takes the mystery out of international philanthropy by connecting donors with high-impact projects all around the world. Donors visit GlobalGiving’s website and choose from among a variety of pre-screened charity projects. The leaders of the projects submit updates, so donors can see how their money is making a difference. As an online marketplace for legitimate charity projects, GlobalGiving has been dubbed the “eBay of international philanthropy.” One of the people who helps keep this marketplace operating is Saima Zaman, 29, a Program Officer at GlobalGiving.

Article published on May 19th, 2008 | No Comments | Trackback | Categories »

Tasty Music, Hold the Instruments: About Penn Masala

Penn Masala, the world’s first Hindi a cappella group, was formed in 1996 by a group of students at the University of Pennsylvania. Since then, the group has performed throughout the USA, including New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Houston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC (at the Kennedy Center with A.R. Rahman). Internationally, the group has performed in Toronto, London, Mumbai, and Kolkata.

Article published on May 18th, 2008 | No Comments | Trackback | Categories »
Suparna Bhasin, Chief Inspiration Officer

Turning Dreams Into Reality: Chief Inspiration Officer Suparna Bhasin

Sometimes it’s difficult to figure out what to do with your life. Or, if you do know what your life’s passion is, you don’t know what concrete steps to take to turn your dreams into reality. That’s where Chief Inspiration Officer Suparna Bhasin, 35, of Passion Into Practice comes to the rescue. She and the company provide clients with coaching services that follow a proven methodology to help people transform their lives and align their careers with their passions. In addition to delivering services to clients, Suparna also makes strategic decisions about how to expand the company. The aim is to offer services and products globally, reaching and inspiring millions of people. Prepare to be inspired by Suparna in this week’s Young & Professional Profile.

Article published on Mar 9th, 2008 | No Comments | Trackback | Categories »
Purvi Shah, Executive Director

Ending Domestic Violence: Sakhi for South Asian Women

Domestic violence against women is an unfortunate reality in South Asian immigrant communities. Often, it can be a taboo subject shrouded in silence. Since 1989, however, the organization Sakhi for South Asian Women has been working to end violence against women of South Asian heritage, particularly those who reside in the New York metropolitan area. It offers a safe place for support and provides women with culturally sensitive information, services, and advocacy in multiple languages. The organization also strives to inform and mobilize

Article published on Mar 9th, 2008 | No Comments | Trackback | Categories »

CNN Features CulturalConnect Founder
by Preeti at July 17, 2007

CulturalConnect founder, Sumaya Kazi, was recently featured on CNN’s Young People Who Rock (for video, click here). The program, anchored by Nicole Lapin (seated with Sumaya on Larry King’s set),…

Top 10 Cities for Young Professionals
by Preeti at July 13, 2007

Forbes magazine has compiled a list of the top 10 cities for young professionals. The magazine looked at which cities paid young professionals the best, which had the most young…

CNN’s Young People Who Rock Blog
by Preeti at June 18, 2007

For nearly two years now, The CulturalConnect has been inspiring the young, the driven, and the forward-thinking with profiles of young entrepreneurs and other professionals in the business, arts, and nonprofit…

Empowering Indian Women…By Lightening Their Skin
by Preeti at June 05, 2007

The young Indian woman of the 21st century is more empowered than ever before. And L’Oreal, the Body Shop, Garnier, Ponds, and Jolen are helping them charge ahead even more,…

The Indian “FedEx” That Delivers Lunch
by Preeti at May 29, 2007

A couple of items that caught my attention this week. Dubbawallas of Mumbai. As the Indian economy grows at a dizzying pace, the subcontinent is experiencing rapid social change,…

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