A Passion for Philanthropy: Rutgers University–Camden Graduate Hopes to Make an Impact on the Nonprofit Sector

Molly Wolff is passionate about philanthropy and nonprofit work.

Molly Wolff is passionate about philanthropy and nonprofit work.

One of the most common characteristics that separate many Rutgers University–Camden students from other college students is their unselfish ability to help others and their tireless commitment to civic engagement.

For Molly Wolff, philanthropy has become a way of life.

“I really want to do something that I love, but I also want to feel like I’ve made a difference,” says Wolff, a Voorhees resident who will graduate from the Rutgers–Camden College of Arts and Sciences on May 19. “I want to work somewhere that has a specific mission and I want to be able to get behind what I’m doing. I want that kind of satisfaction out of my career.”

Wolff’s passion for philanthropy is evident as she proudly discusses the many hats she’s worn as a Rutgers–Camden student. She’s been an environmental education, animal care, and animal behavior intern at the Philadelphia Zoo, and as a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon sorority, she organized the “Deepher Dude” talent show and silent auction, which raised $4,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

“I think that fundraising work pushed me toward wanting to work for nonprofit organizations,” says Wolff, an Eastern Regional High School graduate. “I think I’ve learned that there’s always something you can do to help. It can be as simple as donating to a drive, or as complicated as putting on an event. You can find something to do to help someone else.”

Wolff will graduate from Rutgers–Camden with a bachelor’s degree in psychology major, but her interest in philanthropy led her to take more business courses through the Rutgers School of Business–Camden.

She has held internships at the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge and at JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes research.

As a member of the Rutgers School of Business–Camden’s Business Leader Development Program (BLDP), Wolff has worked with the Boys and Girls Club of Camden County on fundraising efforts. The BLDP provides students with opportunities to gain enhanced leadership training, networking experience, and mentoring by faculty and business leaders from a wide variety of industries.

“The underlying thread through all of those experiences has been nonprofit work,” Wolff says. “The more I do these things, the more I realize that it’s what I really want to do. For me, a lot of my experiences have been about making connections in the community and doing something positive for the community.”

After she graduates, Wolff will pursue her master’s degree in nonprofit leadership at the University of Pennsylvania.

“I’ve made Rutgers–Camden my home and it’s been a wonderful experience,” she says.

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