ABOUT US

OUR MISSION ...

is to transform individuals, families, and communities out of poverty into lasting well-being by connecting bright minds to complex challenges plaguing people around the globe.

Since our inception, we have been integrating volunteers into worthy non-profits and charities around the world. Every year our volunteers travel to work on projects in collaboration with communities in Africa, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Through our volunteer program, we helped design and build a micro-lending program for struggling farmers in rural Uganda. We are helping upskill and train community members in Rwanda to increase economic opportunity and reduce child abandonment. We are designing innovative solutions that improve mobility, education, and community integration for children with disabilities in India. We are providing children and young adults in Romania, who have grown up in institutional care, with English and computer training to improve their employment prospects. We are also providing them with positive role models and resiliency training, leading them towards a prosperous and more hopeful future.

All of our volunteers receive training and coaching towards a better understanding of what creates meaningful impact and how their sustained and smart volunteering can help transform the social sector.

OUR VALUES

  1. Commitment to transformational development for all beneficiaries, stakeholders, partners and volunteers.
  2. Relational connectedness rooted in empathy, compassion and initiative.
  3. Courage to be vulnerable, generous and honest.
  4. Inspiring hope and treating individuals, families and communities with dignity.
  5. Involving families in the process of transformation.
  6. Healthy and innovative systems and infrastructure that support the V2I community.

OUR VISION

Birth a movement of people, families, corporations, institutions and governments deeply motivated by our mission and values and inspired to be persistently engaged with marginalized communities, wholeheartedly contributing what they have to offer.

We live in a world where the disparity between rich and poor is on the rise and where people are becoming increasingly polarized and isolated within their own groups. While everyone suffers under this movement, the people most vulnerable are the poor and marginalized. True meaning and joy happen when we are meaningfully connecting with those we don’t think we have much in common with and become open to giving of ourselves.

OUR STAFF

Fadi Al Qassar

CO-FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

I’m a transplanted Jordanian, a recovering ad guy, and an AmEx Ashoka Emerging Innovator. I first stumbled upon volunteering and working with marginalized communities in university. I joined a community of changemakers who believed that helping our neighbors locally and globally will have a transformational impact on everyone involved. This motivated me to co-found Venture 2 Impact and create volunteer opportunities for others who want to join the movement. 

I wanted to create an approachable way to educate volunteers about complex problems, allow them to use their natural skills and abilities for good, and covert them into changemakers.

Ella Modirian

Director of Operations and Strategic Projects

Originally from Iran, I have seen the difference social connection without borders can make. I was about 10 when I tried to communicate with a British woman visiting Iran. I knew only a little English and struggle to finish a sentence. I had tons of ideas to share but felt like I was out of breath and could not connect. I realized I had no choice but to work hard, break down the barriers, fight the isolation, and unlock opportunities. 

I have felt the struggle and carried the label. Being a member of the V2I team gives me the opportunity to help talented people find their voices, link their dreams to reality, and fill the world with their much needed energy.

BRYANNA JEW

Volunteer Engagement Manager

I’m from Southern California, went to university in Tennessee, and moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia after graduating. My passion is to serve and care for people, especially the poor and marginalized, and to show them that they are seen, known, and worthy just as they are. This passion grew when I spent a summer volunteering and teaching in Zambia during university. While there, I saw the power of relationship and how caring for others led to transformation not only for the kids and teachers I was working with, but also for me. 

As V2I’s volunteer engagement manager, I want to help volunteers to engage deeply with what it means to care for the marginalized.

Christy MacDonald

Finance Manager, Contract

I was born and raised in Halifax and started my career as an editor at a publishing company when I lived in Ontario for 10 years. Back in Halifax, I transitioned to administrative roles with finance components to them and then was the finance and operations manager for a Halifax startup from incoporation to year four. I started Clearview Business Services Corp. in 2017 to help startup and small businesses with all things financial without needing to be a full-time employee anywhere except for myself. Today, Clearview’s clients include sole proprietors, corporations, and non-profits like Venture 2 Impact. 

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