Given my strong interest in learning more about participatory grantmaking I decided to dedicate a resource page for me to refer to in the future and share with others in addition to my blog posts. Please let me know if you have resources I can include.
My participation in The Giving Project has had a significant amount of impact on my thoughts about race, class, fundraising, money and giving. Through our discussions I have come to realize that it is much easier for me to talk about race then to talk about class. After our sessions on class, money and what was our experience growing up around money I realized several things about my thoughts and biases around money. This experience lead me to be able to have a deep conversation with my wife about her experience, my experience with class and money. Given our discussion it has moved us to take a different approach to our weekly money management.
SJC Consulting, LLC has submitted our application to become a FedEx 2019 Small Business Grant recipient.
Given we are a company focused on empowering the community to better understand the art and science of grant writing, becoming a FedEx Small Business Grant recipient will give us national recognition and financial assistance to build our brand first locally and then nationally. We will use the funds to develop a laser focused business plan, develop our branding and marketing, secure insurance, determine educational research priorities and provide community scholarships for workshops for Good.
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Yesterday at had the amazing opportunity to give back and provide my testimonial for UNCFs' Annual MLK Breakfast. I was asked by Laverne McCartney-Knighton, the Area Development Director for UNCF.
I had the opportunity to reflect on being a two time UNCF Scholar and share my appreciation with over 2,000 people in attendance. Not to mention sharing the stage with national figures, CNN News Anchor Don Lemon and UNCF President Dr. Michael Lomax.
My message...I Can...
Copy of my Speech
If you think you are beaten, you are;If you think you dare not, you don't.If you'd like to win, but think you can'tIt's almost a cinch you won't.If you think you'll lose, you've lost.For out in the world we findSuccess begins with a fellow's will:It's all in his state of mind.If you think you're outclassed, you are:You've got to think high to rise,You've got to be sure of yourself beforeYou'll ever win that prize.Life's battles don't always goTo the stronger or faster man,But sooner or later the man who winsIs the one who thinks he can.Thinking by Walter D. Wintle
The Idea that I can...has been a theme throughout my life.
27… I was 27 years old when I was accepted into a 4 year program at Xavier University of Louisiana. Being a recipient of the UNCF Minnesota Student Aid Scholarship helped ease my nervousness to move over 1,000 miles away from my Minnesota home to Louisiana.
Despite any external or internal doubt...believe you can. Listen to your internal voice even if you feel emotional doubt in your abilitiesBe brave and challenge yourself.
UNCF invested in me twice and as an educator I am proud to now help students and other educators internalize the idea of I Can. Thanks to UNCF I am 1 of 450,000 students with a college degree and career.
Believe the investments made to UNCF have a tremendous impact on our students, their careers, our communities and our country. My name is Jonathan Christopher William Jones and I am your dividend.