Pratyusha and Elston met in 2010 as undergraduates at Harvard College. During conversations in their dining hall, Pratyusha would share stories of dinner table discussions with her father, CEO of Metro Community Development, a community development financial institution based in Flint, about the difficulty of "simply getting a break." Elston, a philosophy major, would bring in the necessity for equal access to opportunity in a society that strives for justice as fairness.
As they graduated and entered the fields of finance and medicine, they repeatedly witnessed small sums impeding the wealth accumulation necessary for upwards social and economic mobility, both in the hospital and in financial services. As NPR and New York Times stories of unpaid court fines keeping young people behind bars accumulated, they sought to find a way to connect these individuals with the means to make it happen. The concept of Shift Fund was born.
Elston and Pratyusha sought to make Shift Fund a reality and obtained official 501(c)(3) status in December 2016.
Our Advisory Board
We would like to thank the following leaders and scholars for their mentorship and support.
Peter Singer, Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, and co-founder of The Life You Can Save, a nonprofit whose mission is to change the culture of giving in affluent countries while dramatically raising annual donations to highly impactful nonprofits that reduce suffering and premature death for people living in extreme poverty.
Dr. Angela Duckworth, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, MacArthur Fellow, and Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.
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