The idea behind WhatGives started with a phone call between two friends in 2015. Scott and Larry would talk nearly every day and on this particular day Larry was unusually despondent. As a full time student at North Carolina State University, Larry was within one year of graduating with a degree in Architecture. Unfortunately, on this day an unexpected alimony bill came and Larry was facing the dilemma of how to pay the bill. Without any family available and no access to other financial options, Larry was about to make a decision that would effect him for the rest of his life. He was about to drop out of school so that he could work and pay the alimony bill.
“How much is the bill?” Scott asked. In Larry’s situation, the finacial shortfall was all of $350, a sum which Scott gladly would have helped with, knowing Larry’s character and trusting that he was going to use the money to pay the bill and stay in school.
In the end, Larry was given the $350, paid the bill, stayed in school and graduated with a degree in architecture from NCSU in 2016. He is currently employed at a firm in Raleigh.
WhatGives was born from this phone call and this interaction between two people. We realized that there are many individuals that are one small financial crisis away from making a decision that will negatively impact them for years. We set out to find these stories and achieve our goal of helping individuals advance through education and employment.