In conjunction with her academic interests, Katie MacDonald has gained experience in fund-raising and the non-profit world through internships and a walk for cancer research.
Girl development: The summer after my freshman year I was the advancement intern for the Girl Scouts of Maine. I knew that I wanted to experience work in a non-profit, and the Girls Scouts tied in well with my work as a women’s studies major. My major project was working on the Girl Scouts’ largest fundraiser of the year—the Women of Distinction dinner. My responsibility was to solicit and organize items for the silent auction.
Hitting her stride: My first Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for the Cure was in Boston in summer 2009. I did it because it was a chance to fight back against this awful disease, which has affected my family so much. To be eligible to walk you need to raise $2,300. My main mode of fundraising is through friends and family. On occasion I would stake out Roche Brothers and Stop & Shop stores with a table, asking for money. This year, I held a fundraiser at Trinity restaurant in Norton. The restaurant was gracious enough to donate 10 percent of the proceeds one night to my cause. Wheaton’s Organization for Women has also been helpful with fundraising.
Help for Haiti: This summer, I’m interning at Konbit Sante in Portland, Maine, a non-profit organization that supports the development of a sustainable health care system for the people of Cap-Haïtien, Haiti. I expect to be able to delve deeply into both public health and women’s issues. Within the first few weeks of the summer, Konbit Sante will be holding their annual fundraising walk for Haiti. I will have a large role in collecting donations as well as running the event itself.
Feminism on campus: I am very involved with Wheaton’s Organization for Women as well as Emerson House, the feminist perspectives house on campus. I will be president of both of those organizations during the 2011-2012 school year.
Favorite class? “Transnational Feminisms” with Professor Serene Khader. It altered my views, not only on feminism, but also on the world. The class offered an interesting insight on international development that I had not previously encountered.
–Amanda DeGroff ’12