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February 20, 2014

Every Mile Matters – PoP Fundraisers are Going the Distance

2013 was an exciting year for PoP with many supporters choosing to run 5Ks, half-marathons, and full marathons to support our programs in Ghana, Guatemala, and Laos.

We're blown away by the physical challenges our supporters are taking on to ensure quality access to education for children around the world.

Katrina of the Friends Academy PoP Club ran the Miami Marathon for PoP

Katrina of the Friends Academy PoP Club ran the Miami Marathon for PoP

Our PoP Clubs are hosting runs as well as running themselves. We are so proud of our fast-footed friends and what they have been able to accomplish. Our UCONN PoP club hosted their own Wobble, Gobble, and PoP: a Turkey Day inspired 5K trot as a major fundraiser.

Individuals like Katrina Garry, have worked so hard to prepare for a marathon to support PoP. She told me about her experience, “I finished my last big training run yesterday and ran 20 miles!! Education fuels every stride. I am so excited to get to Miami and run it for PoP.”

Even some of our newest members of the PoP Club family are joining the fun. The Penn State PoP Club is launching a fun run 5K this Spring. Our PoP Clubs are pounding the pavement with serious fundraising goals and achieving them every step of the way!

You can join in the fun today by using the Charity Miles app whenever you walk, run, or bike. PoP receives 10¢ per biked mile and 25¢ for every mile that's walked/ran. In our first year, our Charity Miles runners earned $10,000 for PoP! We'd love to have you on the team.



February 13, 2014

Campus updates from our PoP Clubs

PoP Clubs are popping up all over the U.S. and all over the world! Our PoP family members are in elementary school all the way up to college. PoP Clubs are a great way for passionate supporters to step forward with their classmates, friends, and teachers to create an impact while having fun in their school. PoP Clubs all over are going above and beyond and leaving their legacies behind. Taylor Sission of the University of Connecticut has created a new project she’s calling the Global Education Project. Taylor explains the program:


OSU PoP Club President, Andrew Gray, in Ghana

“We will be traveling to local elementary schools and teaching the students the importance of education and the mission of Pencils of Promise, in child friendly language and concepts. It will be a one time visitation program for individual classrooms. I have found children's books that teach lessons on both diversity and education, and have created activities for the children to do and take back home with them.” Taylor is a college student who believes that that there is no bad time to start passing on the PoP mission.

     Our friend George from the PoP Ashesi chapter in Ghana has also been dedicating 100% of himself to Pencils of Promise as this is his last semester in college. He is currently looking for a ready, willing, and able candidate to pass the torch to. “The goal for my last semester is to hand over PoP Ashesi to the younger years, to ensure sustainability, I have spoken to my team and we are willing to make PoP bigger than what it used to be.” Our PoP Clubs are united all over the world for one cause and that is to promote the right to education. We have heard from many clubs about their candy cane and pizza sales, their PoP Concerts and change collections. Some of our amazing clubs have even done fundraisers for tickets to Orlando Studios!

We're so proud of the creative ways our PoP Clubs are finding to make an impact. What will you do next? Email clubs@pencilsofpromise.org with your updates.


January 28, 2014

Run the 2014 NYC Marathon with Pencils of Promise

Pencils of Promise is participating in the New York Road Runners 2014 TCS New York City Marathon on November 2, 2014. The 26.2-mile journey through the five boroughs of New York City is one of the world’s most iconic races.

Each member of the Pencils of Promise team will raise $5,000 towards building a new school in Ghana, Guatemala, or Laos. Contact Rachele at raidala@pencilsofpromise.org for more information. Limited entries available.

Rachele Aidala

Development Manager, Community Engagement
January 24, 2014

Chegg is giving you the chance to #GiveBackandGo!


What’re you up to this summer? Want to intern for a week in the Pencils of Promise office and then visit Guatemala to see PoP's work first-hand? We're incredibly excited to announce that you have the chance to make this once in a lifetime internship opportunity come true!

Chegg, our amazing partner has already matched your Back To School memories with donations toward scholarships for children around the world AND awarded five $1,000 Promise Scholarships to students here in the US, is launching a contest to give 8 lucky college students the opportunity to intern with PoP this summer. Spend 5 days in our New York City office and then head to a small village in Guatemala for 4 days where you’ll experience first-hand the work PoP is doing in communities around the world.

Send a photo to Chegg and Pencils of Promise here showing us how you do good by February 17th. If you’re one of the 50 semi-finalists, you’ll record a 90 second video telling us why we should select you and from there we’ll pick our 8 PoP summer interns.

Buena suerte (good luck) to all. We hope to see you in the office this summer!

January 6, 2014

JOIN THE TEAM: Developer

Pencils of Promise (“PoP”) is seeking a Developer to join its team and build PoP’s digital presence.  Reporting to the Director of Marketing, the Developer is responsible for developing and maintaining effective and innovative technology platforms that bring PoP’s work to life and engage supporters. The Developer is the internal technology evangelist for the staff and pushes PoP to have one of the strongest digital presences in the nonprofit industry.


The Developer will:

  • Lead engineering projects and teams and make key decisions with the Director of Marketing about various project scopes, timelines and budgets.
  • Act as a liaison between the Digital team and the full staff. Educate the staff on the key technologies that make a nonprofit successful and the latest trends in the broader tech space.
  • Develop necessary technical architecture and make key technology decisions.
  • Stay apprised of the latest technologies and innovations.
  • Actively participate in the project planning process and lead implementation and testing.
  • Advise and recommend solutions to outsourcing needs for tech projects.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Marketing in the relationship with any digital agencies or other external 3rd parties working on tech projects.
  • Monitor, evaluate and communicate key site analytics to staff and make recommendations based on these analyses. 
  • Fulfill day-to-day needs to keep PoP’s digital presence up-to-date and quickly solve any tech problems.


The successful candidate will:

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in a related field and/or have 3-5 years of relevant experience.
  • Be comfortable building custom WordPress themes and plugins.
  • Have experience with Subversion or other version control systems.
  • Have demonstrated PHP & SQL ability.
  • Have demonstrated Javascript, jQuery, CSS and HTML ability.
  • Be an exceptional communicator, translating tech priorities to the Director of Marketing, Digital Team and full staff.
  • Have experience with mobile development and browser compatibility.
  • Have Salesforce or other related CRM experience.

About Pencils of Promise

Pencils of Promise is one of the fastest growing nonprofits in the country. Founded with only $25 dollars, in just five years PoP has broken ground on more than 190 schools in Laos, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Ghana and delivered more than 10M education hours. Together, we build sustainable schools, partnerships and solutions to enable basic education for underserved children in the developing world.

About the Office
We are a passionate, driven, and fun group of individuals. We have a unique, energetic office culture that is sometimes casual and light, but, at all times, the PoP team is very much focused and committed to working hard in the name of our cause. You will find nothing besides positive attitudes, determination, and smiles at the PoP office.

To apply
Submit your cover letter and resume to jobsearch@pencilsofpromise.org with the subject line of your email: “Developer search.”

Carlo Dumandan

Digital Media Manager