Monthly Archives: February 2010

Couldn’t Have Said it Better Myself…

From the Alliance for Excellent Education: “Millions of middle and high school students lack the literacy skills—including reading, writing, and critical thinking—that they need to succeed in college and the workplace. According to The Nation’s Report Card fewer than one third of eighth graders read at a proficient level. Policymakers have directed considerable resources toward improving the skills […]

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Tutor Stipends

Reach, Inc. takes a three-pronged approach to adolescent literacy remediation: tutoring, training, and compensation. In recent weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about the third facet of our program, compensation. Many people have an immediate, negative reaction to paying students for academic performance; however, if executed appropriately, I think it can be a significant motivational […]

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Loaded Question

I often get asked, “what can I do to help?” It’s not always an easy question for me to answer. Each day is so different, so I honestly don’t always have a good answer. Additionally, as is the nature of entrepreneurship, we’re finding answers to new questions everyday. So, today, I give you five ways […]

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What does Haiti mean to Reach?

Recently, Thomas J. Tierney (Chairman and Co-Founder of Bridgespan Group), shared his thoughts on the current “rules of the road” in philanthropy. He centered his comments on four observations: 1) Delivering real results in the social sector is much harder than you probably think. 2) All philanthropy is personal. It’s deeply personal. 3) Excellence is […]

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Growth Plans

Often, when asked to speak about Reach, Inc., I have to explain and defend a legitimate growth plan. It makes sense. Many of us who launch careers in social entrepreneurship are not financial experts. It’s important that we are forced to think about the way we will use resources. How fast can we grow without […]

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Echoing Green Application…check!

I just submitted the semi-final application for Echoing Green – the most prestigious fellowship in the country for social entrepreneurs. I thought you might be interested in my answers to two of the ten essays. It’s already submitted, so if you see problems, please don’t tell me (seriously). Answers are limited to 2,000 characters, with […]

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Dangerous Decisions

Yesterday, I received another grant rejection. With the rejection came a familiar refrain: our Board of Directors has decided to focus our funding on past grantees rather than adding new organizations to our portfolio. I’ve called this behavior dangerous before, but I wanted to again state how vehemently I disagree with this approach to funding […]

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Next Steps

In the last entry, I mentioned that we now have confirmed our pilot partnership with Hyde Leadership Public Charter School. While this is an exciting step, it definitely does not mean that we can now rest until the program launches in the fall. We must take many steps to prepare ourselves for our pilot program […]

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