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Our Wharton Community Consultants

Power Up Gambia was pleased to welcome our Consultants from the Wharton School of Business. The MBA Program at the University of Pennsylvania is renowned for creating global learning opportunities. The Program believes that by erasing borders and extending the options of making a difference in the world, MBA students apply business skills to promote economic development and improve quality of life in developing countries. Locally, Wharton Community Consultants are making an impact in non-profit organizations based in Philadelphia like Power Up Gambia.

These first year MBA students, led by Rob Velung, volunteered their time to evaluate Power Up Gambia’s fundraising toolkit and database. While fundraising is by no means a hard hat job, all not-for-profits need tools to help our fundraising efforts and Power Up Gambia is no exception.

Power Up Gambia was fortunate to have five talented first year MBA students, each with a diverse set of skills. Rob Velung, project manager, is an engineer who was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana. Agustina Bellsola is an anthropologist who worked in communications in Africa and the UK. Laura Gordon’s background is in advertising and brand strategy. Priyanka Mehrota worked at JP Morgan Chase in strategy and IR. And Steve Santoro has a political science degree and worked in finance before coming to Wharton.

Our volunteers worked tirelessly to organize information we already had. They then synthesized our data to create a road map for our efforts moving forward. By standardizing our database, Power Up Gambia is now able to effectively maximize the time we spend on outreach. The team was also able to streamline our documents to make grant writing easier. We are forever thankful for the effort put out by the Wharton consultants.

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