Data Driven Philanthropy - Fidelity Charitable

Project Summary

Inspiring and empowering donors to give more effectively

We want three bright, motivated students to participate in this nine-week Data+ project!

When: May 13 to July 24, 2015.

Why: Learn data science skills, use your knowledge for good, and receive a $5,000 stipend!

Who: Stats, CS, Engineering, and Econ majors are particularly encouraged to apply. Programming skills are essential, interest in philanthropy and social media are pluses.

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Inspiring and empowering donors to give more effectively

We want three bright, motivated students to participate in this nine-week Data+ project!

When: May 13 to July 24, 2015.

Why: Learn data science skills, use your knowledge for good, and receive a $5,000 stipend!

Who: Stats, CS, Engineering, and Econ majors are particularly encouraged to apply. Programming skills are essential, interest in philanthropy and social media are pluses.

Want to use data to make a difference? Fidelity Charitable® has initiated a multi-year web-redesign effort that will use data in new ways to inspire and empower donors. Fidelity Charitable® needs a team who will think creatively about how to turn proprietary and public data into new insights and relevant information for donors.

As part of the team, you will identify patterns in granting activities and mine news and social media data for timely information. You will develop algorithms to find timely, donor-specific philanthropic opportunities and serve up targeted information to donors. At the end of the project, you will present several proof-of-concept ideas to a panel at Fidelity Charitable®.

Please send resumes and statements of interest to kathy.peterson@duke.edu. Participants will be hired as interns for Fidelity Charitable®, an independent public charity, and must pass background checks. For more information, contact the team leaders listed below.

Team leaders:

Prof. Robert Calderbank, robert.calderbank@duke.edu

Dr. Matthew Nokleby, matthew.nokleby@duke.edu

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