We are excited to bring you our next Gyal Creating Change Carol Luong!
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Carol is a marketing strategist by trade, but considers herself to be a dedicated philanthropist first and foremost which is why she founded GreatPositive.
Founded in September 2014, GreatPositive is the only platform that focuses exclusively on building donation tools for small nonprofits. They help nonprofits better engage, empower and activate their supporters to fundraise on behalf of them through our peer-to-peer fundraising platform, where supporters commonly donate their own birthdays or come up with other creative asks. And to top it off, they take a stance against taking a cut from donations and work off a fixed fee model that all nonprofits can afford. In May 2016, GreatPositive was awarded a “Best for NYC” company, recognized particularly in two categories: for their dedication to the community and environment.
Carol has been volunteering since the age of 12 and knew that it would be her lifelong mission to help others and improve the world. As a first-generation American, she was always grateful for the sacrifices and struggles of her parents who were “boat people” that emigrated from Vietnam over 35 years ago. Even though she didn't have much, growing up in a 2 bedroom apartment with her parents, 4 older siblings and grandmother, she always felt like she had everything she needed.
Prior to founding GreatPositive, she spent 7 fast-paced years in the corporate and startup sector, where she gained the knowledge and inspiration to leverage technology to help nonprofits. Highlights include leading the product development of HighTable, an online peer-to-peer community for CIOs, and running the marketing for Monaeo, a SaaS startup focused on location-based tax solutions. She also has 2 years experience consulting with nonprofits on marketing communications, web design, and online fundraising strategy.
Carol also enjoys speaking at industry events, including her experience as a panelist at New York Nonprofit Media’s FundCon on the topic of “A Nonprofit Call to Action: How to Enhance Direct Response Campaigns,” a panelist for Binghamton University's Center for Civic Engagement’s discussion on “Online Activism and Social Change,” and a moderator for a panel discussion on “How to Integrate Volunteerism into a Balanced Life.” Most recently, she was invited to be a guest author for Nonprofit Hub, an online educational community dedicated to giving nonprofits the highest quality resources, reaching 34,000 monthly users.
Carol has an MBA from Binghamton University, is a graduate of the Circular Board, a collaborative accelerator for women entrepreneurs, and is a Roadmap Scholar graduate of Andrew's Roadmaps, an exclusive entrepreneurial boot camp for early-stage startup founders.
LinkedIn Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolluong