Peter Jackson, philanthropist

GiveCorps, a philanthropic community that gives to local nonprofit organizations, was formed because of Generation Y. It was started two years ago in an effort to help nonprofits connect with a young audience, according to Peter Jackson, the vice president of the organization.

"Millennials are not only the biggest generation in history," Jackson says. "They're also the most giving."


Jackson, 27, began working with GiveCorps when it first formed and his role has continued to grow. At first, he began making partnerships with local businesses to encourage donations. The Monkton resident now establishes most of the relationships with nonprofits, manages social media and makes its presence known in Baltimore. Jackson took some time to talk about his marathon playlist, love of coffee and more.

Worst pet peeve? People who drive in the rain with their lights off.

Last concert/gig you went to? March Fourth Marching Band at the Living Classrooms' Maritime Magic party. They were kind of like "Drumline" meets "Mad Max."

Your worst habit? Overextending myself.

Trend that has exceeded its natural lifespan? Direct mail.

What's on your iPod? I last loaded it the night before the Philadelphia Marathon so plenty of fast-paced techno, plus the obligatory "Eye of the Tiger" and "Streets of Philadelphia."

Last video that made you laugh? The NFL Play 60 commercial with Cam Newton

Last great book you read? It wasn't "The Great Gatsby."

Food you hate? Blue cheese. Blue cheese is the one food I actively avoid.

Who/what inspired you to start giving? When I decided to run a marathon, I heard about this organization called Back on My Feet and saw it as an opportunity to give back while doing something I loved. Being a part of that group really opened up my eyes to some of the opportunities that existed to help make a difference.

Favorite place to get a drink? Coffee's my drink of choice so I'd have to say Artifact. If I had to name a great spot to grab a cocktail though, Brendan at B&O knows what he's doing behind the bar.

TV shows you can't get enough of? I'm about 20 episodes behind between "Boardwalk Empire" and "Treme" on my DVR, so I would say I'm having trouble getting enough of both.

Favorite/least favorite fashion statement? Over-the-top sunglasses. Least favorite: Do those stick-figure family stickers on people's car windows count? (Fditor's note: yes, they do).

Favorite thing about Baltimore? This city never ceases to amaze me. Its troubles are well-known, but everywhere you look there are people and organizations looking to tackle those problems in some really incredible and innovative ways.