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Global Business Club Explores Business Side of Nonprofit Sector at Make A Wish Foundation

12/15/16


Where dreams come true! The MCCC Global Business Club at the New Jersey Chapter of the Make a Wish Foundation.

Global Business Club members with Tom Weatherall, center, president of the Make A Wish Foundation's New Jersey chapter. At right are faculty members Laura Sosa, Ken Horowitz and Terry Voldase.

West Windsor, N.J. – The Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Global Business Club took to the road again this fall, this time headed for a place where children’s dreams come true. In early December, a group of students visited the New Jersey chapter of the Make A Wish Foundation, located in Monroe Township.  The students, some of whom are studying online, are all enrolled in Principles of Management (BUS 210). They were accompanied by Business faculty members Laura Sosa, Ken Horowitz and Terry Voldase. 

The first part of the visit featured a tour with Fundraising Manager Ali Intravatola, who noted that the building's castle-like design truly sets the tone for the organization's mission of granting wishes to children with life-threatening illness. The facility is the only one of its kind in the country,

Then the group met with Tom Weatherall, the chapter’s president, who discussed the organization's mission in more detail. He explained the challenges of running a nonprofit and how Make A Wish has grown over the years. He encouraged students to pursue internships at Make A Wish and other nonprofit organizations.

According to Professor Sosa, who organized the trip, the goal was to expose students to careers in the nonprofit sector. 

“Often, students studying business are only considering jobs in large corporations. But there are many worthwhile employment opportunities in nonprofits. The mission of these organizations, which are based on social responsibility, is a better fit for many graduates and can provide a very fulfilling work environment,” she said.

Sosa noted that student feedback was resoundingly positive. “Numerous students commented on how impressed they were with Make a Wish and said that they would definitely consider a career in nonprofit management.”

Sosa believes Make A Wish provided a particularly good example of nonprofit work.  “The visit itself was quite emotional as ‘the castle’ allowed us to envision the joy of children whose wishes are fulfilled,” she said, adding that she hopes to arrange more Make A Wish tours in the future.

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