As many of you know, She's The First (STF) supports girls who will be the first in their families to graduate high school - a cause that is near and dear to us. STF’s simple mandate is to provide scholarships to girls in low-income countries who will be the first in their families to graduate from high school - thereby breaking the cycle of poverty, uplifting communities and making great strides toward gender equality. We support a group of scholars in a school called Shanti Bhavan, an hour away from Bangalore in South India - and we are quite excited to meet the first ever STF scholar graduate from Shanti Bhavan, Maheshwari, who will be here in NYC later this month to participate in STF’s 10th birthday bash!
Thanks to your continued support, STF’s impact has continued to grow – they currently provide 7,500+ scholarships in 11 countries. We are also embarking on an ambitious multi-year strategic plan as part of STF's 10th anniversary celebration – this will help STF continue to expand their breadth, with more countries and partner schools, and increase their positive influence on the scholars, through increased community-based mentorship and programming (including opening an office in Nairobi). We encourage you to visit the STF website to learn more about the nonprofit at: https://shesthefirst.org/
In 2018, we were able to raise over $15,000 (and over $30,000 with the match) thanks to your incredible generosity!! We have upped our goal this year to keep pace with the ambitions of the organization! Our goal this year is to raise $25,000 before the end of this month, and we hope to double that amount by personally matching the same!! We would be honored to have you participate again by donating to this crowdrise page. Any amount you give makes a difference to the work of She's the First - we greatly appreciate you considering this wonderful non-profit among the many noble causes out there. And please, please spread the word as you all have done over the years! If you would like to donate directly to STF, please either do so through their website (https://shesthefirst.org/) or by contacting Henah Parikh (Development Manager at STF; firstname.lastname@example.org; 646.459.3683).
And if you would like to join us at the 10th birthday bash on October 24 (in NYC), just let us know!!
Thank you so much,
Sarah and Harish Nataraj