Thursday, July 23, 2009
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Monday, July 20, 2009
Friday, July 10, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Today I'm applying for grants. I am, in fact, sending one off in a few moments. I looked for months for grants that would be appropriate to both fund the programs and also operational costs of Girls Education International. Within a few days of joining PulseWire.com and networking with a dozen women around the world, I had a pretty comprehensive list of grants compiled. I'm impressed with the networking I can do with that organization. Thanks to those ladies from Sudan and elsewhere who helped me. Now, wish me luck in getting some of those grants! I'm sending one off today, and hopefully one per week off for the next few months. I want to make this happen!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
There is a lot of cool stuff happening with Girls Education International right now. We have just had two computers and a printer donated, and we found some very reasonable office space that we can have if we can come up with between $810-$900 for the next six months. We sent out our first comprehensive enewsletter last month, we finished up a full year of our Liberia Scholarship Program and await our girls' grades, and we completely renovated our website. Check it out: www.GirlsEd.org.
Heidi and I have both committed to working hard on Girls Ed. We were inspired by our recently deceased friend, Jonny Copp, who pursued his passions and lived his dreams. Though always motivated, we both feel an a renewed sense of dedication to our cause. My feeling is, why waste my time doing other things when what I really want to do is spend the rest of my life educating as many girls as possible around the globe.
Our renewed excitement is manifesting in various ways. Heidi is focusing on fundraising efforts, such as developing our signature events and speaking engagements, while I continue to build the infrastructure of the organization and develop an effective and efficient board of directors. We have two new members and are talking with two other potential members over the next few weeks!. Additionally, we have a number of valuable professionals advising us on everything from our business plan to mission statements. This is the most exciting time I've ever experienced in regards to Girls Education International.
We are also focusing on building a relationship with a nonprofit in Pakistan so that we can start a program over there this summer. We are close. I can feel it. Heidi is spearheading the effort. Wish us luck! And, if you know someone who is as passionate about our cause as we are, please connect them to us! Thanks so much.