Katarina is a Givebutter Changemaker - an elite group of young movers and shakers around the world that inspire those around them to give back through the incredible work that they do for others. Learn more about Changemakers.
My name is Katarina Ivanovich, and I am a sophomore studying Business Economics. I am originally from Santa Cruz, CA, but I am currently helping to Spread the Butter on the UCLA campus. I am the President of the UCLA Equestrian Team, a member of Alpha Chi Omega, and also an Ambassador for JustWorld International, a non-profit through the Equestrian community.
What does giving mean to you?
Giving is an opportunity -- it's a chance to make a difference, to help others, or to voice your support for a given cause in a concrete way.
Who in your life most inspires you and why?
My father has always inspired me the most with his incredible work ethic. From a young age he taught me that when challenges are presented not to give up, but instead, to work that much harder at what I want to achieve.
What is the best advice you've ever received?
Honestly, the best advice I ever received was to never settle. It's the same advice that pushes me to keep up with the academic rigor of UCLA, to work that much harder out at the stables, to lead others effectively, and to keep working towards my career goals, despite how daunting they might be.
What is your greatest achievement to date?
My greatest achievement to date, in terms of sentimental value, has been reviving the UCLA Equestrian Program. Through active roles in crowd funding, months of recruitment, nights with little sleep, hours spent at the stables and traveling, I was able to aid UCLA in reintroducing a nationally awarded equestrian program to their campus with many sponsorships attached, as well.
Tell us more about JustWorld International.
I have been an Ambassador for JustWorld International, a non-profit working to feed, educate, and care for children in impoverished countries, for upwards of 5 years now. Throughout the years, I have actively led and participated in JWI events to raise awareness and funding to care for these children, contributing upwards of $5,000 to the organization, and taking active roles in gathering funding specifically for Honduran children. Not only has it been one of the most rewarding experiences to be able to make an impact around the globe, but it has been facilitated through a community that I am actively connected with and a sport that I am passionate about -- I could not ask for a better opportunity to give back.
Describe yourself in five words.
Optimistic, Affable, Determined, Compassionate, Capable
What does the Givebutter movement mean to you?
The Givebutter movement means more than just a chance to fundraise -- it's a chance to bring people together, to make a difference, to be heard, to give back, and to have fun while doing it. It's revolutionary, and it's "butter" than anything we've seen before.