Over the past four years, FADICA has invited young adults to participate in the mission of our organization and to contribute their talents and gifts to Catholic philanthropy through the Philanthropy Leadership Intern Program. Not only are interns given the opportunity to learn and grow as individuals, they also contribute significantly to FADICA’s mission and role as a Catholic philanthropic organization. In years past, interns have conducted important research on topics that interest our members, created online content for FADICA’s new website, shaped FADICA’s social media strategies, and coordinated the production of FADICA’s next generation resource, among many other contributions. Chris Kotson, a recent intern who is now working for Amazon, wrote about his experience with FADICA:
“FADICA has taught me how to stay engaged and work independently through self-discipline, focus, and collaboration.
I learned how to develop a research survey with clear, concise questions, as well as enhance my writing and
editing skills when conducting research projects.”
The Philanthropy Leadership Intern Program encourages young adults to understand the importance of effective Catholic philanthropy and the Church’s social tradition. The program also fosters an environment to explore, learn and grow in the world of Catholic philanthropy. This summer, we have an exciting new team of interns—Annie Alvarado, Shelley Donaldson and Zoë Waldridge —who all look to gain knowledge in the field of philanthropy and to further their talents as they move forward with their careers after FADICA.
Post Baccalaureate Intern
Annie Alvarado is a recent graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with a degree in Political Science focused on International Relations. As a four-year student-athlete on the Division I women’s soccer team at UCLA, Annie has dedicated herself to her academics and athletic career, and is excited to explore a new journey in the world of philanthropy. If she is not on the soccer field (or in FADICA’s office), you can find her on a run outside, on a hike with her family, or at the beach playing volleyball. She is most inspired by her grandfather (a FADICA member), who has constantly dedicated his life to serving others, and shown her the true meaning of compassion and love. She has aspirations to attend law school in the near future, looking to educate herself in order to pursue her dream of representing and advocating for female athletes and coaches in the world of sport.
“FADICA presents a new and exciting opportunity for me to gain experience in the non-profit world, understand and learn more about the pressing social issues our globe faces today, and discover the ways in which Catholic philanthropy can help lead to the change that is necessary to help those that need it most.”
Shelley Donaldson is a rising senior at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, majoring in math with minors in philosophy and computer science. Once she graduates, she hopes to pursue a career in public policy fighting for social justice. As she strives to emulate the Jesuit philosophy of living in service “with and for others,” her biggest role model has been her mother, who epitomizes compassion as she advocates for social change. Shelley is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn more about public-private partnerships and philanthropy during her time with FADICA this summer. On the weekends she enjoys hiking with her friends, listening to Nationals games on the radio with her family, and taking advantage of all the free museums D.C. has to offer.
“In my first few weeks at FADICA, I have especially enjoyed listening in on important issue briefings and policy calls which have expanded my knowledge of human trafficking prevention and the refugee crisis. Interning at FADICA has provided me with valuable insight into how philanthropists and nonprofits can be catalysts for change in these areas.”
Graduate Communications Fellow
Zoë Waldridge is a Master of Communication candidate at Northern Kentucky University and lives in the Greater Cincinnati Area. In her studies, Zoë focuses on alternative organizing and social change, with attention to underrepresented groups. Initially drawn to FADICA because of its work with refugees and dedication to helping others inspired by Catholic values, Zoë enjoys sharing the positive impact of FADICA’s members and working alongside members as they find personal and religious meaning in charitable giving. Her biggest influences have been communication scholars Paulo Freire and Martin Buber, whose work centers on the liberation of self and others and working for the “creation of a world in which it will be easier to love” (Freire, 1970). Being a full time scholar and change agent, Zoë spends her free time drinking coffee, listening to podcasts, attending community events, and lounging around her home with her husband and two cats.
“FADICA has allowed me to experience the world of nonprofit work and philanthropy intimately. As I speak with members and observe how FADICA functions, I am learning invaluable interpersonal and organizational skills that will push me further in my career. Plus, I get to work with such wonderful people doing great things for those who need it most.”