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The Largest Gift

March 14, 2019

This is a story worth telling. Were this only about money, the headline might read: Foundation Receives Largest Gift in Nearly 100-Year History. And that would be true. But also true is a tale of heart-stopping humility and commitment so deep it can afford to be silent.

Thirty Years, Today: Why I Stay

February 27, 2019

Today marks 30 years I’ve been Executive Director of The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis. After three decades, I can still say without hesitation that I have the best job in town. While I may no longer wear blue blazers and silk bow ties (thankfully not entirely visible in this 1989 photo), I wake up every morning before my alarm rings, ready to get to work to create the kind of educational opportunity that can change the world.

Happy Valentine's Data

February 14, 2019

Our board and staff are planning for a strategic planning session in which we will begin setting vision and goals for our centennial year and beyond. In doing so, we administered a survey to current and recent students and asked some open-ended questions for feedback about what we do and how we do it. The valentine (depicted above) simply configures the words used most often in their responses. This, after all, is the best love note we could get.

The Best Reason for Partnerships: Rico Beuford Explains

January 22, 2019

In nonprofit lingo, you’ll find the word “partnership” used to describe everything from an annual contribution to interdependent programs. Fancy words for nonprofit work are plentiful: collaboration, cooperation, alignment, affiliation, replication, collective impact, evidence-based, data-driven.

Note to Donors: Do You Know What You Have Done?

September 20, 2018

Atonement

Last night, many broke the fast at the close of Yom Kippur, the highest of Jewish holy days on which those observing review the prior year, atone for transgressions or actions left undone, and set intentions for the coming year. Yom Kippur is a ritual practice of reflection and reconciliation.

Succeeding with College Success

August 29, 2018

We’re using Words of Faith to share a lengthy article about our programs from the National College Access Network. Their post is about college success metrics and programs. Please take the time to read it, as it is a deep and full explanation of what we do and how we do it.

The Thumper Theory

July 4, 2018

Today, I invoke the Thumper Theory as a way of marking Independence Day.

I am at an unprecedented loss for things to say that will celebrate the United States of America. Though this is my 57th Fourth of July, I’m not sure I’ve ever experienced the tenets of democracy, human rights, freedom, and liberty more threatened.

Food for Thought: Why Hunger Haunts So Many College Students

April 4, 2018

On April 3, the Washington Post published the recent release of data documenting hunger and other basic needs unmet among college students. The piece cited several surveys, but focused on the largest to date. The full study report can be found here: 

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