Our team believes that education affects everything and that every child deserves to go to school. Effect.org is incredibly unique in the non-profit space: We think with business minds, execute with business precision, and we work with heart and dedication to achieving our goals.
Economies of the developing world are scaling rapidly and promising a strong middle class in coming years. However, low-income communities are at risk of getting left behind--widening the economic gap between the rich and poor. Education will change this. Our work, from leading Expeditions to planning logistics for a school opening, is for to make quality, affordable education accessible.
Hailing from a small town in Idaho (USA), Casey’s love of international development started at age 19, as he lead others in life changing activities in Albania for 2 years. He started Effect.org in 2010, opening a school in rural Bihar, India. Passionate about filmmaking, he produced Stolen Innocence, a documentary exposing human trafficking. In 2015, Casey led the largest volunteer group rebuilding after the Nepal earthquake. An outdoor fanatic, Casey is happiest in the mountains and loves getting out on his bicycle.
Starting her career in marketing and events for corporate America, Sandy turned her attention to international development when she moved to India and scaled programs centered around Social Enterprise throughout the country. Sandy pioneered the creation of programs both helping the homeless and preventing homelessness in her hometown of Turlock, CA. Sandy has a true passion for everything India, is addicted to coffee and loves boxing, reading, and travel!
Shoshanna began her career as a publicist and band manager for musicians and artists across the U.S. and abroad. Her passion for social justice eventually brought her to work with organizations centered on immigration, education and equity issues. Shoshanna really loves traveling, she has been to over 15 countries, with many more trips on the horizon! Shoshanna holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Outside of work, Shoshanna enjoys spending her time hiking with her friends and pup!
Aashima's passion for social development pushed her to pursue her Masters in Social Work. She started her career in the field of Development Sector Consulting where she worked with several Indian government bodies and ministries to undertake extensive research, strategy, and stakeholder engagement to improve last mile delivery of government programs and ensure citizen engagement in governance. She loves working with children and now aims to use her skill set to add value to their lives. She is an avid reader, does not go anywhere without her Kindle. and loves Zumba and power yoga.
Oftentimes in life you have to walk in darkness before light shines on your path. This has definitely been the case for Effect.org. In 2009, a 23 year old sophomore in college, I jumped on a plane to India for the first time. Bored with my student routine, I was searching for something my professors couldn’t teach me. I’d traveled abroad and volunteered in Albania for two years, leaving with one main impression - education affects everything.
Together with college friends, we surveyed the poorest areas of India, finding children absent from school in community after community. Government schools were failing, teachers weren’t showing up and children weren’t learning. Parents had lost trust in government schools. The children who were attending school were often at private schools, something that surprised all of us. Despite families being poor, parents were still allocating money to their children’s education. A few months later, we opened our first low-cost private school ($2 a month) in India.
In the following years, Effect and I faced setbacks and triumphs. I repeatedly heard ‘no’ from investors and foundations and struggled to raise money, putting my school dreams on hold. Joining forces with a friend and director, we created a documentary called Stolen Innocence on the sex trafficking crisis I discovered through working in India. We were given the opportunity to play a huge role in earthquake relief in Nepal, coordinating one of the largest volunteer groups and distributing lifesaving supplies. We also partnered with our friends at Google and Salesforce, taking volunteers on expeditions and witnessing the changes that technology can achieve.
In 2015, armed with new experiences and knowledge, we returned to opening schools. With a focus on working closely with our supporters, we changed our original name of Effect International to Effect.org, a new nonprofit transferring 100% of donor funds directly to schools and showing our supporters exactly where their money goes.
I can’t wait for the future, to make a difference through education, and to give millions of children the start in life they deserve.
Effect.org Ambassadors are proactive volunteers committed to implementing their hackathon project after expeditions. Ambassadors become trip leaders, spokespeople for Effect.org, and long-term changemakers.
I came to the Bay area by way of Florida and Texas. I currently work at Google in Analytics. My passion is traveling and social responsibility and I've discovered that I get more out of my travels when I can combine the two and immerse myself in the culture by helping out and partnering with the local people.
I support Effect.org because I feel strongly about putting a stop to human trafficking through education -- not only educating young children and women who are susceptible to trafficking, but also global education about the tragic truth of modern day slavery. Effect.org's efforts are focused on educating people and I feel passionate that we are able to prevent, and eventually, stop this growing epidemic through education. It is key!
I'm a strategic advisor at Salesforce in the UK, and I've been supporting Effect.org since 2015. My first expedition to India compelled me to volunteer with a number of non-profits tackling human trafficking and slavery. Connecting tech companies to these issues is a brilliant way to innovate and build solutions. Crucially, Effect.org understands the regional issues and it has helped them to develop strong partnerships with local non-profits, which is vital for this program.
Miami native, Texas longhorn, Googler, and current Bay Area resident.
In 2015, I was on the first Effect Expedition in Nepal and helped create a marketplace to sell jewelry made by human trafficking survivors. We launched www.Banau.co in the summer of 2015, and continue to work with the people in Nepal to further our efforts and bring awareness to US consumers. The marketplace reinvests the profits back into educating the local communities about the issue.
Effect.org is an incredible nonprofit because they are integrated with the local community - from their anti-trafficking efforts, to their work with local professionals, to their focus on education in India and Nepal. They understand there is a ripple effect, and the best place to start is by making access to quality education possible.