Abby has truly loved her time on campus at The University of Texas at Austin. She will graduate in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science and Arts in biology and a Business Foundations Certificate. She feels like her unique degree program enabled her to learn more about her own likes and dislikes as well as the ever-evolving world of business. She met Stephen Garten during the developmental stages of Charity Charge when he guest lectured for her entrepreneurship class. As a student leader of a nonprofit chapter at UT, Soles4Souls, she related to the purpose of his new venture and felt like his idea of promoting everyday giving would be revolutionary for the nonprofit sector. She accepted an internship position at Charity Charge soon after its launch.
She enjoys having down time for yoga, discovering new eats and coffee shops in Austin, and keeping up with her two fantasy football teams in the fall. Some of her favorite “little things” in life are quality puns and 2000’s pop from artists like Matchbox 20, Savage Garden, and the Goo Goo Dolls. Abby is a former member of the Texas Longhorn All-Girl Cheer team and looks forward to her time coaching youth cheer and gymnastics near Yoakum and Shiner, Texas. She claims to embrace her natural wanderlust and passion for service and left the continental U.S. for two mission trips to Haiti before studying abroad in Leeds, England.
Her inspiration for many years has stemmed from the words of Margaret Mead, who told the world to, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” For Abby, Charity Charge brings these words to life. She observes how the entire team strives to promote everyday giving while informing current and potential cardholders of outstanding nonprofits and causes that they can potentially back. As a junior in high school, Abby saw The Lorax with her mom and brother and was moved by her introduction to some of Dr. Suess’ more widely recognized words of wisdom. She often reminds herself of this phrase that the Lorax himself recites in the book and film: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.
Abby has a deep passion for expressing herself on paper and is thrilled to practice her writing skills by reporting on causes that cardholders seek to support. After many years of volunteering with the Special Olympics, she is confident that she will choose to support them when she becomes a cardholder. She also commented that, “My greatest accomplishment is the special needs cheer squad I founded in 2011 with help from several very influential people in my life. My dream is to establish the South Texas Sparkles as a nonprofit organization so that the athletes can benefit from the everyday spending of their friends and family.” Abby started the squad as an affiliate of a national nonprofit called The Sparkle Effect which helps schools establish cheer squads for students with special needs. Abby hopes to reward their efforts as well.
After discovering her entrepreneurial spirit and fascination with modern marketing techniques, Abby anticipates every chance to produce new content with the Charity Charge team. Whether she is drafting a blog or assisting with filming sessions, she keeps her focus by reflecting on her father’s favorite words- “Do the right thing, do it well.” Every day, she celebrates her opportunity to do the right by being a part of the movement to “charge it forward!”