Mo Virani grew up in a community in Kenya that valued diversity, which nurtured his adult commitment to educating girls. For many years, he's worked closely with Project Redwood grantee Daraja Academy. "The most satisfying aspect of working with Daraja is watching the transformation
Dan Whalen reflects on his lengthy and personal work with youth in Bosnia and Herzegovina. "For most applicants, our interview was the first time in their lives that anyone ever asked them what had meaning and significance for them," he says of the program's selection process.
Classmate Ben Fox talks about his experiences preparing adults for the General Education Diploma (GED) exam. "For all the students, it is important to be encouraging, not critical," he says. "Some of them are not used to having somebody on their side..."
When we began talking about what our giving would look like about a decade ago, we kept coming back to the idea of wanting to mainstream solutions that deserved more attention and allowed us to act boldly. A hike in Mount Tam helped us find what we wanted to do.
Ann Blumlein Lazarus reflects on her extensive and impactful career. "I have told myself I need to put in writing some of my observations about the nonprofit sector. They are not all positive, but for me worth keeping top-of-mind."