The First Year Distinguished Speaker Series
Each year, First Year Experience hosts the First Year Distinguished Speaker Series, inviting speakers of national or international prominence to address the university’s first-year class.
Charles Best, founder and CEO of Donors Choose
Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 p.m.
Ohio Union Archie M. Griffin East Ballroom
The first 500 audience members will receive a $50 gift card to DonorsChoose.org.
What is Donors Choose?
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on the site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you. Since 2000, the DonorsChoose.org community of 800,000 donors has channeled $105 million into classrooms in need to benefit 6.2 million students.
- Awarded “most likely to make the world a better place” by TechCrunch community
- Named one of Oprah Winfrey’s “Ultimate Favorite Things”
- Named one of the “50 Most Innovative Companies in the World” (the first charity to make the list) by Fast Company
Charles Best founded DonorsChoose.org at Wings Academy, a public high school in the Bronx where he was a social studies teacher for five years. He thought up DonorsChoose.org during a lunch conversation with colleagues, and his students volunteered to help start the organization. To entice his fellow teachers to try out the new website, Charles offered them his mother’s famous pear dessert. DonorsChoose.org has been growing since. Best was featured in “40 under 40” list and as one of “business’s hottest rising stars” by Fortune Magazine.
This is a ticketed event. Students, faculty, staff, and community members can register for an e-ticket at scarletandgray.osu.edu. Enter the event code BEST13 to register. For group tickets please contact Julie Richardson.
Contact Julie Richardson, (614) 292-2944.
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