Welcome to the future home of the LetsGiveBack.org! My name is Pina Daniel, and I’m starting this charity as a way to give back to communities and organizations that are important to me.
In June of 1998, I graduated from Everett High School in Everett, MA. On graduation day, I was overwhelmed by the generosity I received in the form of scholarships. As a first-generation college student raised by Italian immigrants, these funds were instrumental at helping finance my education at Tufts University. At Tufts, I was part of the first group of students to become Omidyar Scholars, a scholarship foundation started by Pam and Pierre Omidyar (founders of eBay). Their extremely generous gift to Tufts launched the University College of Citizenship and Public Service (UCCPS) and provided several students, including myself, with a generous scholarship, which completely wiped out several of my student loans. My first project with the UCCPS was to purchase new equipment for Everett High School’s History program, in the form of several art history slides and a new slide projector (this was before we could easily just pull up images on computers with sufficient wifi) and I offered a scholarship to a graduating student that year.
My goal with this charity is to continue with that generosity and help students finance their education to become future leaders who in turn might one day want to give it back to the community to continue the virtuous cycle. In the long term, I hope to grow this charity to support the needs of multiple students, communities, and, organizations.
For the 2020/2021 school year, a student at Everett High School will be chosen to receive a scholarship. More details to follow, and more news coming soon on how we will grow this scholarship!!