This year, AlumniCorps took a new approach to raise money for our Emerging Leaders program, galvanizing six years of Emerging Leaders alumni to join together to raise $6,000. As further incentive, the Harris Finch Foundation generously provided a one-to-one match challenge for the first $6,000 raised. Thanks to 48 donors, we exceeded our match and raised $7,058 for a total of $13,058!
At each closing celebration, a few Emerging Leaders spoke about the impact the program had on them. A few excerpts from the NYC celebration:
A.J. Taylor reflected: “… the mere fact that I’m up here speaking to you today is a direct result of all the things I learned from the program… Emerging Leaders literally and figuratively helped me find my voice.”
Annabel Barnes of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation said, “The course was, somewhat uncannily, giving me every lesson that I needed, just when I needed it… Emerging Leaders modeled the kind of team that I hoped to one day lead and be a part of.”
“When I reflect on the past nine months in Emerging Leaders, my primary response is gratitude for the privilege of participating in a program I didn’t even know I needed,” said Jesse Bassett of Good Grief, Inc.