I've been working with Enroot in a board capacity going on 5 years. I would not normally reach out and solicit a donation. But I truly believe in this organization and want to make it as successful as possible.
I'll share three reasons why Enroot is a great non-profit to support.
First, our work matters more than ever. Enroot helps recently arrived immigrant students thrive in public schools. Our students come from all corners of the globe - Syria, Sudan, Ethiopia, Nepal, El Salvador plus dozens more. In the past, these students have felt welcomed. America represented a dream, a beacon on a hill. Today, our kids feel like targets. One of our school sites was recently vandalized with swastikas. Our students are asking, "What is a deportation force?", "I'm Muslim; do I need to register?" We hope that a year of record donations sends the message: "You're welcome in America, in the city you live, in the school you attend."
Second, Enroot is good at the work it does. Moving to a new school is always difficult. Now, add in the fact that the new school is in a new country with a new culture where people speak a foreign language. By supporting our students early with a dedicated mentor, a dedicated tutor, supplemental trainings AND a paid internship, we change the trajectory of their lives significantly and positively. Our students graduate high school and attend college at twice the rate of their peers.
Third, the Enroot team is committed to affecting change while being sound stewards of donor money. Early in my career, I worked at nationally lauded non-profits, including Teach For America and The Doe Fund. I've been close to other non-profits via Hannah, notably the Clinton Global Initiative and Community Servings. Based on my experience, I can say with confidence that everyone on the Enroot team is an extreme professional. This group will no doubt continue to effect major change over the next several decades. They are responsible fiduciaries. If they were not, I would not volunteer my time nor donate my money. This is why I have the confidence to ask you for your money.
Please give any amount that you're comfortable with. You can make a ONE-TIME DONATION or a MONTHLY DONATION. You can also send a check made out to ENROOT INC. to the address below. And please feel free to learn more by reviewing our Guidestar (link below).
Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year!
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