Making a Difference: The World of Giving — Movers, Shakers and Bakers… Oh My!

CEO, Lisa M. Dietlin and Associates, Inc., philanthropic advisor, author

In my line of work, helping people do philanthropy better, I am invited and asked to attend numerous fundraising events for all types of nonprofit organizations. On any given night of the week, or weekend for that matter, I could attend at least one if not two or three events. My guess is many readers can relate. Most of us know, we go to a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization attending the reception prior to the chicken dinner (it is almost always chicken) to listen to a few speeches and see a few awards given to some deserving individuals. This has been my usual experience until a night about a month ago in early October. Continue reading

University Prep Schools Hosts Successful “Full STEAM Ahead” Fundraiser with Cynthia Ford and Nolan Finley

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Detroit charter school celebrates science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics education

Detroit, Mich. (Oct. 8, 2014) – Celebrating its commitment to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education, University Prep Schools, one of Detroit’s longest-standing charter school systems, co-hosted a fundraiser with local philanthropist, Cynthia Ford and media celebrity, Nolan Finley, to benefit its schools’ STEAM programs. The event, titled “Full STEAM Ahead,” was held on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at the University Prep Science & Math High School in Detroit.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with the outcome of our first fall fundraiser,” said Margaret Trimer-Hartley, Chief External Relations Officer of University Prep Schools, which oversees operations at UPSM and its sister district, University Prep Academy. “The tremendous amount of support we’ve received from the Detroit community is invaluable to our schools and most importantly, our students.”

Among other memorable moments throughout the evening, a popular highlight was the “Movers, Shakers and Bakers” auction, during which, local celebrities such as Huel Perkins, Rochelle Riley and Finley, among others, live auctioned baked goods that they had personally made. Of the $26,000 in donations that the fundraiser ultimately generated for STEAM education, approximately $7,000 was acquired through the sale of auctioned cakes and pies. Other high-ticket items that garnered large donations included a Genze electric scooter and Mackinac Bridge/Lear Jet experience.

“There are many worthy causes that deserve the community’s time and attention, but investing in the proper education of our youth is among the most important,” said Finley, conservative editorial page editor and columnist at the Detroit News. “It was truly rewarding to be a part of this event and contribute to the advancement of STEAM programs for Detroit students.”

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