Vicki Escarra’s A Crash Course in Global Citizenship

Casey Gordon | June 2, 2016

Vicki Escarra is a nonprofit powerhouse. Over the course of her illustrious career in the nonprofit world, she has been directly responsible for more positive changes in the lives of others than a lot of actual nonprofits.

Vicki is — like many people who dedicate the bulk of their time to making the world a better place — humble, and she would no doubt defer credit for many of her ultra-successful initiatives to the hardworking staff at the organizations she has presided over.

Obviously, it takes a whole lot more than one person to run a global nonprofit organization, but when it comes to individuals who so completely embody the traits of a global citizen Vicki is truly one in a million.

Since joining Opportunity International in 2012, Vicki has spearheaded a rebrand and implemented a strategic plan that has increased global funding by 45%. She has also brought her passion for education to the organization, working to dramatically increase the number of loans available to impoverished families to pay for tuition, books, and other expenses to keep their children in the classroom.

Prior to her time at Opportunity International, Vicki spent six years at the helm of Feeding America, which is today the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the United Sates.

It wasn’t always.

When she got there in 2006 the organization was still known as America’s Second Harvest, but under her leadership the Feeding America rebrand resulted in a 300% donation increase, a doubling in the number of people served, and ultimately a fourfold uptick in total revenue.

Vicki’s LinkedIn profile is an inspiration to say the least, and if her laundry list of achievements tell you anything, it’s that you should listen to her words — and heed them closely.

Vicki Shares 5 Ways Organizations Can Be Better Global Citizens:

1. Capital is huge. A $200 loan can grow to to $50,000. With the right investment a person living in poverty can grow a business and manage 50 people. She’s seen it happen.

2. Invest in women. Women are half the global workforce. For every dollar a woman earns 90% goes back to her family. Investing in women is investing in future generations.

3. Education is essential. Every year of additional primary education increases earnings after graduation by 10-20%. Combined with secondary education that jumps to 30%.

4. Stay optimistic. At the present rate by 2030 less than 2% of the earth’s population will live on less than $2 a day. It may not sound like much, but that’s a big global benchmark.

5. We’re all global citizens. You can’t choose to be a part of the global community. You’re already in it. You can only choose how much effort you put into making it better.

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