Some of you may know, but I currently sit on the Board of Directors of Non-Profit based in Oakland: Alternatives in Action (AiA). AiA supports >1,300 young students in Oakland through a number of their core programs. Please find more information on the AiA Website (https://www.alternativesinaction.org/) I find that working with the students, staff, and fellow board members to be extremely rewarding. To see these young adults become leaders within their own community is truly heart warming, and I look forward to seeing AiA support Oakland youth for at least another 20 years.
My birthday is coming up on January 18, 2018, and I was hoping to catch all of you before the 2017 tax year is complete to see if you would donate to AiA in honor of my birthday. We currently have an ambitious annual campaign goal to support initiatives under the campaign "We Will Not Be Indifferent". The campaign this year is targeting (1) low literacy that triggers high school drop out, (2) a lack of financial access that results in a lifetime of debt and low assets, and (3) youth unemployment that feeds into a cycle of under employment. You can find out more about the campaign here (https://www.alternativesinaction.org/join-us/).
I have already donated for the year, and I have had my company (Genentech) match me. Now I am hoping that I can get my network to match me as well ($2000) and potentially even surpass! If 100 people donate $20, than we will have reached this goal. Please let me know if you have any questions, and I would be happy to answer them!