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Who Are Pittsburgh's Young Philanthropists?

Nonprofit organizations are finding that Next-Gen donors crave opportunities to give of their time and talents as well as their dollars. Meet 12 young givers who are doing just that in Pittsburgh.



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Rosalind Chow [35] and Jeff Galak [33]

Rosalind is Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior at Carnegie Mellon University; Jeff is Associate Professor of Marketing at Carnegie Mellon University

With a deep-rooted sense of responsibility, Jeff Galak and Rosalind Chow say they believe that helping others is something their family always should do as a matter of course. It’s one of the reasons they created the Rosalind Chow and Jeff Galak Charitable Fund to celebrate the birth of their first child.

“As our daughter gets older, we’d like her to be more engaged with deciding where charitable funds go and see the impact that such donations have,” says Jeff.

Focused on alleviating poverty and promoting education, the fund supports the Comprehensive Rural Healthcare Project, which creates positive female role models for young women and low-caste members in India, and The Neighborhood Academy, serving underprivileged local students in grades 8-12.

The superpower I would most like to have … The ability to heal myself and others. (Rosalind)
 

Taylor Tekulve [14]

Student, Independence Middle School, Bethel Park

Born 17 weeks premature and weighing a mere 1 pound, 4 ounces, Taylor Tekulve endured breathing problems, multiple infections and two eye surgeries to save her vision as she spent her first four months fighting for life in a newborn intensive care unit.

“Giving back to the March of Dimes is important because I want them to be able to keep helping babies the way they helped me,” she says.
To date, Team Taylor Tekulve has raised nearly $43,000 via the March for Babies 5K walk. In 2013, she served as the organization’s Pittsburgh Ambassador Child.

“Just because we are young doesn’t mean we can’t have influence in our community,” she says.

My dream job would be a … Respiratory therapist in a children’s hospital.
 


photo courtesy rachel tobin

 

Rachel Tobin [23]

Medical Student, Duke University

Two hundred bucks. That’s what Churchill native Rachel Tobin hoped her handmade jewelry would raise for JDRF following her diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes at age 12.

“I never dreamed that I would raise more than $85,000,” she says.

Her website, rachelscurebydesign.com, recently launched a new online fundraising program that will continue raising money for JDRF and 40 other organizations. For every online purchase at regular price, $10 per piece will be donated to the organization of the buyer’s choice.   

“We like to say, ‘Fundraising never looked so good,’ ” she says.   

My hero is … My mom. She has been such an inspiration to me and has helped me through difficult times in my life. Without her, I do not think that I would have been able to accomplish everything that I have.  


Kate Benz is a Pittsburgh Magazine columnist and freelance writer whose work regularly appears in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and other publications. She is the author of an “Images of America” volume on the history of Cranberry Township.
 

 

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