At the start of 2017, we made a list of goals we wanted to meet throughout the year. Here is our list with our end of year updates.
1. Secure A Grant
It was a remarkable year for PLUS ME. What will 2018 bring us? Stay tuned.
As PLUS ME's Board President, I am pleased to announce our board's commitment to reaching our $10,000 year-end campaign goal by offering $2,500 in matching funds to donations made through December 31st.
Last month, we launched our first-ever year end multimedia campaign including mailers, social media posts, videos, and a new giving page. We wanted to share with you Andrea's story to give you an insight on how your donations help us fulfill our mission.
We'd like to THANK the 24 individuals who have already helped us raise 32% of our goal and I'd like to personally ask YOU to join our inspired giving community and help us get closer to that $10,000!
We'd be honored to match any contribution that is comfortable for you to give. Please know that
your year-ending tax-deductible donation will go directly toward supporting 500 more students, like Andrea, next year with developing their stories into their college personal statements.
In November, our founder graduated from Executive Service Corps' Executive Director Leadership Institute, a 12-month program designed to enhance the knowledge and expand the network of nonprofit leaders in Southern California. Throughout this journey, Richard was paired with a coach, Al Lavery, who supported him through special projects relating to board development, fundraising, and personal growth. One of the reasons Richard launched PLUS ME was because he never felt that he had a positive male role model growing up and to realize that he gained one from this experience was truly an emotional moment for him at graduation.
Al has been a volunteer with ESC for 9 years and loves participating in the EDLI program as a coach. "It’s been an enjoyable and rewarding experience for me this year because of the professionalism, relaxed atmosphere, and Richard’s commitment to developing the organization. I was absolutely impressed with all Richard and PLUS ME has accomplished in such a short period of time. To start this organization with little knowledge of the sector and zero funding and to get it to where it is today is inspiring. It was great to see the mission in action and I'm excited to see where the organization goes in the next few years."
Although the program has come to an end, Richard and Al plan to stay connected and support each other on their future endeavors. PLUS ME would like to thank ESC, Al, and Sunair Children's Foundation for sponsoring a portion of Richard's tuition for the program.