Our friend, Sheena Wright, who just so happens to be the very first female president of the United Way NYC chapter (in it's 80 year history!) spoke with Fast Company recently about her experience coming into a venerable organization and changing its goals. '
“The organization was really at a turning point,” she says, being best known as a corporate social responsibility partner for companies and having a broad mission statement of advancing the common good. Wright says she thought hard about the fact that many companies didn’t need a middleman like United Way when they could easily reach nonprofits directly to donate resources. “My goal and vision was for UWNYC to reinvent itself,” she says, “and play more of an activist role.”
One of the goals cited in the article is to double the number of third graders reading on grade level by 2020. In the ReadNYC program last year, 94 kindergarten through second-grade students participated in a five-week summer program. By the end of the program, 95% increased their readling level, 43% by at least one academic year, and 35% read at or above grade level. Those are bright spots as they head towards their goals!
We're honored that Sheena will be joining us at the 2017 Funder Huddle serving as a panelist on the "More Than Money" session. As you can tell, she has fantastic insights on activism, philanthropy and community engagement. We're looking forward to hearing her thoughts in person!