[ morgan abate ] 3021 Langston Circle | St.

Charles, IL | 60175
484.883.6213 mabate@elon.edu

EDUCATION
Elon University | May 2016 – Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa; GPA: 3.84
B.A. International Studies: Latin America concentration | Minors Communications, Peace & Conflict Studies, Spanish (Advanced)

CULTURAL IMMERSION
Copán, Santa Lucia & Tegucigalpa, Honduras January 2016
Cuenca, Ecuador January – May 2015
 Improved Spanish-language, problem-solving and communication skills through coursework in Latin American culture, politics,
history and literature in Spanish at the local university; living with a host family; and volunteering with an after school non-profit
16 hours a week, helping students complete math and science homework and co-leading an art workshop.
RELEVANT EXPERIENCE
Community Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA | Northern Illinois Food Bank November 2016 – present
A federal anti-poverty program focused on capacity building at organizations across the United States
 Manage and build relationships with 60+ businesses and local service organizations in three counties through networking events
and presentations to engage them with our mission and eventually cultivate their support as volunteers, sponsors and donors.
 Have raised more than $50,000 for food bank programs through writing grants and soliciting donations.
 Consult food bank on best practices for food drive stewardship, engaging community groups and Mobile Pantry outreach.
 Develop, manage and implement a pilot program for Family Summer Mobiles in Elgin, including volunteer recruitment and
mobilizing community-based organizations to provide access to other resources.
Member & Communications Chair | Periclean Scholars May 2013 – April 2017
A multi-interdisciplinary program that seeks lasting, sustainable solutions to global issues with local and international partners.
• Executed and provided feedback for regular fundraiser to help it run more smoothly and as a result raise more money.
• Planned, wrote, and executed a four-day gender-based violence training in Spanish for young men in Honduras in an attempt to
change their thinking of women and turn them into advocates for change in their own communities.
• Arranged, executed, and secured funding in partnership with El Centro de Español and the Center for Race, Ethnicity and
Diversity Education for a photo exhibit on Honduras attended by 40-50 students, faculty, staff, and community members.
• Lead the editing process for our class book documenting our journey by editing together eight chapters in one voice, delegating
tasks to other members of the committee, creating a companion site, and publishing the book.
 Create and implement development strategy to re-engage alumni as individual donors to the Periclean Foundation including:
content calendar; email marketing campaigns; launch of Facebook and Twitter accounts; and fundraising campaigns.
Corporate & Financial Communications Intern | Burson-Marsteller – Dallas June – August 2016
Global public relations and communications agency
• Assisted Managing Director with market research, new business development and client accounts such as Chipotle.
• Co-planned a corporate responsibility dinner by creating invite list, touring venues and providing updates.
• Worked across offices on final intern project on an RFP for Chipotle; created media and community outreach plans.
• Translated voter education information into Spanish for local officials and thousands of community organizations Texas.
Director, Gifts-in-Kind + Alumni Fundraising Chair | Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership – PA East May 2010 – present
Chapter of a youth leadership organization that seeks to empower students to change their local and global communities
 Served in multiple roles mentoring volunteers, leading and co-leading groups of students, & planning annual conference.
 Fundraised over $9000 in five years from individual and corporate donors, including gifts-in-kind donations’ values.
 Developed grassroots fundraising materials for Alumni team including a fundraising guide, thank you letters, donation
solicitations and a presentation.

OTHER EXPERIENCE SKILLS
Senior Reporter + Online Editor | The Pendulum Hard: AP Style | Raiser’s Edge | CiviCore | Spanish
December 2013 – December 2015 fluency | Adobe Creative Suite | Microsoft Office | CMS
Covered social justice + business, international education, and systems | Basic HTML and CSS
immigrant and refugee issues for the student-run newspaper in
addition to managing all online content, overseeing the transition to a Soft: Storytelling | Research | Grassroots fundraising |
new website, and streamlining the online editing process. Writing | Public speaking | Cross-cultural communication
League Partnerships Intern | Whistle Sports | Community engagement and outreach strategies |
June – August 2015 Nonprofit development | Event planning | Social Media |
Supported the Director of Partnerships through proposal building, CMS | Community organizing techniques
ideation, scheduling and participating in external meetings, and
drafting one-sheets for departments to understand contracts with
leagues.