Event Coverage: Intersection Event Brings Together Variety of Great Minds - Page 5
"Our community, like others, is competing for attention," said Rieckhoff. Micro-finance opportunities help many veterans coming home with Post-Traumatic Stress and injuries limiting their abilities.
Sarandon acknowledged her ongoing support for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, stating her happiness at the ability to use her career to help their needs. "The power of putting a face on an issue," said Reickhoff, cannot be over-emphasized, a sentiment Sarandon agreed with.
Citing Darwin's message of evolve or perish, Taylor reminded participants and the panel that humans inherently need each other; without help we die. "It's true for non-profits too," added Rieckhoff, discussing how IAVA has used both community and technology to scale their services successfully.
Are people afraid to champion causes?
When asked if people shirk participation in charity based on a fear of being seen in the workplace as politicized, Reickhoff shared the IAVA's efforts to provide a safe environment for veterans to talk about sensitive issues such as suicide, public discrimination, and stress.
In his experience, Reickhoff stated that has not seen a lot of fear with regard to giving. Sarandon disagreed to some extent, citing attitudes against information that may challenge our currently held beliefs, although she saw the younger generation as more open to persuasion by charitable organizations.
"You create who you are by how you spend your energy", said Sarandon, closing the session. "If we (veterans) are isolated and alone, what does it say about the rest of us?" added Reickhoff. "I wake up every day extremely blessed and excited about what we do," said Bush.
Providing participants an uplifting transition, Voices in Harmony, the Northern California Men's Choir, sang to the participants, including a touching tribute to Steve Jobs.
World Vision International Senior Vice President Dr. Christopher Pitt addressed participants next, about corporate social impact-based investing. Pitt talked about measuring, managing and addressing the 'Return on Investment' of corporate social giving. Pitt also reminded participants of the importance of individuals behind the scenes who work each and every day to make a charity succeed, and to learn more about them when determining a charity to support.
Pitt highlighted UniversalGiving's CEO Pamela Hawley's charitable efforts to bring volunteers and charities together. Following her introduction to her work, Zach Matere, a Kenyan charitable entrepreneur, took the stage, and discussed his ongoing efforts to bring digital bulletin boards to isolated communities. Matere's work has been highlighted by Google.Continued on the next page