Teach for America's Wendy Kopp Explains the Keys to Successful Philanthropic Entrepreneurship


Wendy Kopp, chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America, in a conversation with Professor Claire Gaudiani of the NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy, October 24th - 2:00pm, at Hemmerdinger Hall, NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, in NYC’s Greenwich Village. As space is limited, RSVPs to attend this event are required.

Wendy Kopp, chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America
Wendy Kopp, chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America

A conversation with Professor Claire Gaudiani of the NYU Heyman Center for Philanthropy, October 24th

Wendy Kopp, chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America, will discuss how she transformed her dreams of serving others into one of the most successful and storied nonprofit start-ups in recent decades. In a public dialogue with Professor Claire Gaudiani of the George H. Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising at the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Kopp will share her successes, disappointments, and advice.

The event will happen Friday, October 24, 2008, from 12:00 - 2:00pm, at Hemmerdinger Hall, NYU Silver Center, 100 Washington Square East, in NYC’s Greenwich Village.

“Wendy Kopp has not only created an outstanding, high impact organization, but has also created meaning in her own life and in the lives of thousands of others,” says Gaudiani. “For the benefit of future philanthropic entrepreneurs, we will discuss in detail how Wendy advises that others can take a dream, fund that dream, create an 501(3)(c) organization, and make a real difference in their own and in the lives of others.”

A much-celebrated model of philanthropic entrepreneurship, Wendy Kopp is the woman who transformed a novel, simple idea-to recruit recent college graduates to teach for two years in America’s neediest schools- first outlined in her undergraduate senior thesis at Princeton University into a major national service organization. Kopp founded Teach For America upon graduation and has spent the past 18 years developing the corps into a prestigious, highly regarded program that attracts some of the nation’s brightest young men and women. And, the organization has made a demonstrable and important impact on the nation’s education system, putting a dent in the lingering problem of educational inequality.

As space is limited, RSVPs to attend this event are required. Please go to [c-vent link] or call 212 998-6770 to reserve a seat.

MEDIA ONLY: Coverage of this event is welcome. Please contact Christopher James at 212.998.6876 or christopher.james@nyu.edu for press credentials.


About the Heyman Center and the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies-

The George H. Heyman Center for Philanthropy and Fundraising is NYU’s center for applied research and graduate and continuing professional study in the areas of fundraising and grantmaking.

Founded in 1934, the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) is among the 14 colleges and schools that comprise New York University, one of the largest private research universities in the United States. Through its faculty, curricula and vibrant professional and academic networks, NYU-SCPS captures the expertise of key sectors where New York leads globally: Real Estate and Construction Management (through the NYU Real Estate Institute); Hospitality, Tourism, Sports Management (through the NYU Preston Robert Tisch Center); Philanthropy (through the NYU George H. Heyman Center);Global Affairs; Communications Media, Publishing, Digital Arts, Design; Business, Leadership and Human Capital Management, Integrated Marketing, Public Relations, Legal Studies, Finance, Taxation, Accounting, Management and Technology (through the Division of Programs in Business); and the Liberal and Applied Arts, among others. Rigorous and timely programs in these and related areas attract full-time undergraduate and graduate students immersed in university life, working professionals in 14 graduate programs, motivated adults earning undergraduate degrees (through the Paul McGhee Division), and New Yorkers of all backgrounds enrolled in approximately 2,500 continuing education courses, certificate programs, conferences, and seminars annually.

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