Binghamton’s Giving Games Award
On February 2, CEO Binghamton was awarded a $110 donation from students enrolled in the Public Service Learning Community at Hinman College at Binghamton University. Hinman College emphasizes community service and leadership, with this in mind, students participated in the Giving Games during their fall 2014 semester. The Giving Games provides participants, future donors, an opportunity to explore their own values through a discussion centered around philanthropy. The Giving Games was developed by The Life You Can Save organization, founded by Peter Singer and grounded in the Effective Altruism movement aimed at reducing poverty and economic inequality. Students in the Public Service Learning Community were presented with two international and two local organizations and asked to make a decision about who to donate to. Students selected the criteria of which to judge each organization, engaged in thoughtful conversation, and ultimately selected a winner.
The CEO Binghamton office is very honored to have been selected as the winner of the local non-profit organization category. CEO edged out the competition largely due to our use of performance data and our dedication to empowering formerly incarcerated men and women to make a better life for themselves and their families through employment. In particular, the students were impressed by CEO’s use of data to make decisions and to evaluate our progress. Katie Blaine, Participant Services Manager, was joined by Andrew Mitchell, a former CEO Binghamton participant that completed CEO’s job training and placement program with a live job in March of 2014, to accept the award and thank Hinman College students. Katie spoke about what brought her to CEO and focused on CEO’s performance culture. The students then had an opportunity to hear Andrew discuss his experience with CEO as well as hear about his personal triumphs, which include holding a permanent job for over a year and getting off of parole.
The Life You Can Save also made a donation of about $500 dollars to CEO.