2014 did become a lot more interesting with an unforgettable January! Our network is now 256 Fellows from 59 countries and 119 Host Organizations. We want to thank you for making this possible with your ongoing support!
3 Highlights to inspire you for GlobalGiving Bonus Day:
Remember to MARK YOUR CALENDAR for GlobalGiving Bonus Day, Wednesday, February 12 (30% match for all donations up to $1,000 per donor)
Happy Holidays! Here's a fun fact for you - in 2013, you helped us raise more than $19,000 through our GlobalGiving Project. This level of generousity was higher than 2012 and directly supported the 70 Fellows serving during the course of the year. Thank you! Today, I invite you to reflect on all of our achievements of the past 12 months. Together, you and I (along with the Atlas Corps network) took our global service movement to the next level. This period of reflection is also a great time for celebration and preparation for 2014. In less than two weeks, we will announce Class 14 - our first class of 2014 AND our largest class to date. Until then, enjoy our top five highlights of the year.
THANK YOU and Happy Holidays!
P.S. Of course, there is still time to "give the gift of service" before the end of the year. Can we push our GlobalGiving donations to more than $20,000 before the end of the year. You're gift will go directly to support our incoming Fellows in January! All donations made before December 31, 2013, will be matched $1 for $1.
5. Achieved 70% of Vision 2015 -our goal of expanding to 100 Fellows per year; we supported 70 Fellows in 2013. 4. Recruited Fellows from 54 countries -we received applications from more than 150 countries. 3. Welcomed Class 13, including 3 South Sudanese Fellows -as part of our collaboration with the U.S. State Department and Humanity United. 2. Achieved 206 Fellows and 105 Host Organizations -including Aldo Arce (Mexico, Class 9, Host: National Audubon Society) who received the Intercultural Innnovation Award from United Nations. 1. Launched 1st Atlas Corps Community Leaders -virtual network for top-ranked applicant finalists to provide distance learning and professional development.
Happy Thanksgiving! Today, friends and family will gather to celebrate a national holiday in the United States - Thanksgiving Day. Officially, the holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. Currently, it is a day when we show our gratitude by joining together to share a meal. At Atlas Corps, we give thanks for the many people (like YOU!) in our network who have contributed to this organization over the past seven years. We started as an idea in 2006 and have grown to a network of 206 Fellows from 54 countries, 105 Host Organizations, and 200 Community Leaders. This year, as you gather around tables to enjoy the traditional holiday foods of turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie (a first for many of our Fellows), may we offer you a side of appreciation?
Your support provided the opportunity for Lukudu Williams (South Sudan, Class 13, Host: National Endowment for Democracy) to be one of our first Fellows from South Sudan and to experience the NED 30th Anniversary Celebration. Read his reflection. By supporting them as Atlas Corps Fellows, you have inspired a lifetime of positive community engagement at home and abroad. We thank social media for providing the medium for them to share their stories with us and the world, so it is our honor to pass along their stories.
We invite you to join our celebration of "thanksgiving." Send us an #AtlasCorpsThanks message on our social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter!In other exciting news, look forward to a BIG announcement about our Class 14 (January 2014) in December. My sources tell me that we will welcome our largest Class to date! While you eagerly await, you can reacquaint yourself with our current Fellows.Happy Thanksgiving...today and everyday!
P.S. Remember, this Tuesday (December 3) is GivingTuesday - the national day of giving. We encourage you to kick off the holiday spirit with a special gift to our Atlas Corps Fellows!