“Good, but is it good enough?” That question kept coming up at the Project Redwood Annual Meeting this October. Project Redwood was created by MBA’s with high expectations so even though we are doing excellent work, the Board of Directors gave themselves this challenge: How do we get better?
Project Redwood’s latest round of grant reviews was a record breaker! We are supporting more projects, and distributed our highest funding level to date; $262,600. Additionally, we gave $10,000 to again support the efforts of Stanford’s Design for Extreme Affordability program (the d.school).
Those were the sobering first words in the warning letter I received from the U.S. State Department in March 2013, shortly after getting my visa to Burundi – and less than one month before my scheduled departure for Bujumbura, the capital city of Burundi.
My wife Joan and I signed on as charter partners of Project Redwood in 2005, and I even sponsored one of our early grantees, Nuru International. However, in the intervening years I became less active, simply making my minimum, annual contribution to remain a member.
Ready to answer some hard questions? Imagine you had $25,000 to donate to one of these causes. Which is the best use of your money?
Helping provide 50,000 people with clean water in Nicaragua
Training young Nigerians in entrepreneurship with the expected result being 30 new businesses and 150 jo
When pressed, Project Redwood partner Gerald Thomas tells his story with a nonchalance that belies the magnitude of his achievements. He ticks through the details of his early vitae as if he were simply noting the pleasantries of a walk with his dog, rather than describing ...
Sometimes, an investment in changing one life can alter the course of many others. That’s the backbone of Project Redwood grantee Educate!’s program in Uganda to nurture young business and social entrepreneurs.
In the 2012 grant cycle, Project Redwood awarded Self Help International a grant to help build and equip a new training facility in Quinta Lidia, Nicaragua; in the 2013 cycle, we funded entrepreneurial training and mentoring for women and their older children at the new facility.
Over 30 Stanford GSB 1980 classmates and an equal number of spouses, friends, and guests converged on grid-locked Washington, DC for a weekend in late October, 2013. When we arrived, the autumn weather turned beautiful, the government shut down miraculously ended, and the city opened its arms.