Archive for November, 2010

You can help CSF win $200,000!

We have some exciting news, and also a favor to ask.

The big news is that Children’s Scholarship Fund has been chosen to participate in Members Project®, a partnership between American Express and TakePart, a social action network, to help people everywhere support charitable organizations – and we have a chance to win $200,000 from American Express.

Here’s where the favor comes in: CSF needs your votes – starting today!

All you have to do is join Members Project, and cast a vote for us each week starting today Monday, November 29th through Sunday, February 20th. You do not have to be an American Express cardholder to join and vote. After the three-month voting period is complete, Members Project will tally the votes and announce the winners. We want CSF to be a part of that list!

When you go to Members Project to vote, you will be asked to register with your email address and date of birth (you must be at least 18 to participate), and create a username and password. Registration is easy, and once you’re done, you can vote up to once a week for Children’s Scholarship Fund.

The funding will help us offer more scholarships to more deserving families, and it takes just a mouse-click each week to help us win this vital support. Every vote makes a difference. It takes just a small step to begin.

Those who’ve joined Members Project can vote for one charity every week from a list of up to 50 charities (CSF is one of ten charities in the education category). Every three months, the votes are counted and the charity receiving the most votes in each category will be awarded $200,000 from American Express.

To join Members Project and start casting your votes, go to: now!

Thank you so much, and have a great week.

Private Schools Offer a Common Sense Alternative

Children’s Scholarship Fund Board Member Noelle Nikpour has an opinion column in today’s South Florida Sun Sentinel. Here’s an excerpt:

If you watch “Waiting for Superman,” you will hear about high-performing public charter schools. What gets less exposure is the system of low-cost private and parochial schools doing a good job of educating in the inner cities for half to a third of the cost of the traditional public system — yet their graduation rates and test scores are generally much higher than nearby public schools serving similar populations.

Many of these schools have empty seats and could provide a good education for a needy child now if their families could afford the tuition. Given the budget deficits faced by our state and local governments, common sense dictates considering tax-credit scholarships or some other publicly funded vehicle to take advantage of these low-cost seats for providing our children with a good education.

A Thanksgiving Dinner

On a recent school visit, we had the pleasure of meeting several CSF Scholars at Ss. Joseph & Dominic Catholic Academy in Brooklyn, NY, where more than half of the student body uses a CSF scholarship. CSF Scholars spent some time thoughtfully drawing holiday cards expressing their thanks for the scholarship assistance made possible by CSF supporters like you.

One very bright student, Christopher, meticulously explained his card to us, and it would be a shame not to highlight his magic during this holiday season. Take a look at the detailed vision below, courtesy of Christopher:

Isn’t it just marvelous? Yes, we thought so too! We would all be so lucky to attend such a lovely dinner. Thank you, Christopher, for sharing your work with us.

Here at CSF, we have a lot to be grateful for too. Thank you to all the wonderful individuals and foundations who have supported us this year. We are also extremely thankful for the dedicated CSF parents and guardians who are our partners in giving access to quality education to thousands of children year after year. Our work wouldn’t be possible without all of this support, so thank you for all that you do. On behalf of the entire CSF family, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!