ICCP "allows university students to leverage a network of students and college campuses to raise a lot of funds ... and then intelligently inject them into microfinance projects," said Urbach. In its first year, the organization donated $40,000 to build a clinic in Ghana, fund a Connecticut chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and finance several Third World projects, including education for 20 children in rural India, he said.
In addition to raising money for neuroscience, Urbach delves deeply into the subject, said Arney Rosenblat, a spokeswoman for the MS Society. In 2005, she said, he conducted independent research on multiple sclerosis at Stony Brook University Medical Center.
"Jourdan has dramatically illustrated that a small hinge can swing large doors," she said.
The awards also honored Eagles defensive back Troy Vincent for outstanding service by an athlete.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to the Tribeca Film Festival, co-founded by Robert DeNiro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff.
Pfizer was awarded the Jefferson Award for outstanding service by a major corporation.
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