The Art of Giving Back

October 15th, 2009

Autumn is upon us. The leaves are turning and there is a nip in the air. My partner Kim and I are harvesting the last of the tomatoes and basil in the garden, and I put a pumpkin out on the front steps. It is a time of change before the long days of winter are here.

As you know, from time to time I appeal to you--our alumni--to consider investing in new leadership by making a gift to Rockwood.

Because partnership is a two way street, I want to let you know how your past donations have supported an amazing array of new leaders--and to ask those of you who have never donated to Rockwood to consider a gift now by investing in the next generation of leadership.

Look at how your gift has helped Rockwood just in this year alone. We have:

Rockwood believes that nonprofit leadership can and should reflect the diverse communities in which we live and work, so to keep our trainings affordable we typically underwrite 50% to 80% of the cost of all our trainings. To continue to do this, we need your support.

I invite you to join me as a Rockwood Sustainer by making a donation of $10, $20 or $50 a month on your credit card by clicking here. It's safe and protected information--and your donation will support the participation of hundreds of fellow activists, organizers, and policy advocates who want and need the tools and skills that Rockwood trainings provide.

What we learned from the evaluation we shared with you in last month's newsletter, is that leadership matters--and is one of the best investments one can make to support progressive social change. Those who came before you made it possible for you to become an alumnae/i. I'm asking you to return the favor, and make it possible for another leader to follow your footsteps.

Change matters. You matter. Leadership matters--please join me by giving back today.


October 2009

Alumnae/i in the News

Earlier this month, recent graduate of Rockwood's yearlong fellowship, Leading from the Inside Out, Sharon Lettman was named Executive Director of the National Black Jusctice Coalition. Based in Washington DC, NBJC is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and ending racism and homophobia. Sharon succeeds another Rockwood alumnus, Alexander Robinson, who skillfully guided NBJC for five years.