Dear Friend of Freedom House:
I am so thankful for the support and love that created pathways to my academic and professional successes, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to serve as the new CEO of Freedom House, working alongside a phenomenal team helping to create pathways to success for young people. We help them Get Into College, Graduate, and Give Back to the community. I am reaching out to you to support our efforts by making a tax-deductible gift to Freedom House. It is through the gifts of generous supporters like you that Freedom House commemorates its 64th year. Beginning with our deep roots in the civil rights movement, Freedom House continues to be at the forefront of expanding educational opportunities, engaging residents in community development and civic engagement and providing pathways to success for youth and residents of Grove Hall and surrounding areas.
Freedom House is on its own pathway to organizational success by working toward the goals set forth in our strategic plan—Vision 2015: welcoming new leadership, developing new programming and scaling to serve even more students. Please join us in paving that pathway for the students and families we serve. Consider the people in your life that helped make pathways to your personal success, and in that spirit, please make a donation to Freedom House to continue the legacy for others. We are continually inspired by the belief that change is possible and we are guided by seven core values: legacy, accountability, persistence & progress, integrity, education, leadership, and diversity.
Since its founding in 1949 by Muriel and Otto Snowden, Freedom House has provided access to a quality education for inner city youth and has addressed the impacts that poverty, racial discrimination and other social ills have on people residing in low-income communities of color throughout Boston. We have also been at the forefront of issues such as urban renewal, minority hiring, educational reform and civil rights.
Today, Freedom House’s mission is to transform the economic and cultural fabric of high-need communities through education and leadership development, and its vision is to be an educational beacon in the community that will inspire, educate and motivate all people to commit to lifelong learning and civic engagement.
This year, Gail Snowden, daughter of Freedom House’s founders, retired after 5 years as CEO. For the past year, it has been a pleasure serving under her tremendous leadership. While Gail’s daily presence will be deeply missed, we are excited to have her serve on the board to Chair our capital campaign efforts. I am excited to lead the organization through its next phase including program growth and expansion and development of innovative new services for youth and the community.
Freedom House is a fiscally responsible, growing charity, and we work hard to reach more students while closely monitoring our costs. We continue to make significant headway in our drive to serve more youth and the broader community by creating pathways to success. Already, Freedom House has seen tremendous growth—increasing our number of students served from 100 to 535 in just one year. In 2014, we will expand services by 40%, coaching over 750 students, while expenses increase by only 18%. The current buzz around Freedom House’s new trajectory brings us even more program participants, partners and supporters.
Already into its first year, our strategic plan, Vision 2015, is an Impact and Sustainability Campaign seeking repeatable and sustainable investments to scale programs and build a new facility to serve 1,000 students and families annually by 2015 — and connects Freedom House’s historic legacy of success in the civil rights movement to the 21st century need to graduate more immigrant, minority and low-income young people from college. Through this, Freedom House plans to:
Grow and strengthen Preparing Urban Students for Success in High School and Higher Education (PUSH)
to provide pathways to upward social mobility
Leverage partnerships with schools, colleges, universities and corporations through ComUniversity
to provide pathways to lifelong learning and civic leadership
Establish a Global Classroom in Grove Hall
to provide pathways to global competitiveness
Build a new facility
that will provide accessible space for 21st century skill learning to provide pathways to community renewal
Your contributions are important to us. And we know that they are important to you. That’s why we hold ourselves accountable for every dollar we raise and leverage each donation to go as far as we can take it. We keep our expenses low so that funds can be used as effectively and efficiently as possible to sustain, strengthen and grow our programs to serve more youth. In recognition of our important work, each dollar you donate will be generously matched by the Barr Foundation making your contribution go even further!
As Freedom House looks forward to its 65th anniversary next year, we honor our past, we celebrate the present and we look into the future invigorated. I hope you will join us by making a generous donation to our annual campaign.
Katrina Shaw, CEO