“From the Executive Director’s Desk” is a monthly column written by CARE’s Executive Director, Anna Flores, about various Financial Literacy topics and CARE news. This month, Anna writes about CARE’s 2017 progress and 2018 priorities.
2017 was an eventful year for CARE. We kicked off the year with the launch of our redesigned website and our new educational materials, which are available online in English and Spanish. We also launched, weCARE, our first major fundraising campaign since being incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. In addition, we started 28 new CARE chapters across the country, and are well on our way to meeting our goal of having a CARE presence in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico by the year 2020. Finally, we closed out the year with a major restructuring of our National Board of Directors.
As we begin 2018, we’d like to share some of our priority initiatives with you.
With the support of a grant from The Ranzetta Family Charitable Fund, we plan to launch a new online reporting tool our volunteers can use to record their chapter activities. We’ll use the data collected on this tool to more accurately measure and report on our reach and impact as an organization.
The month of April is National Financial Literacy Month and brings a full slate of events to highlight the cause. CARE often participates in various activities throughout the month and looks to do so again in 2018. Specifically, we hope to see you at Jump$tart’s Financial Literacy Day on the Hill. This April, we’re also hosting a major fundraising event in Washington DC, in conjunction with the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Annual Spring Meeting. You’ll receive more details and an invitation in the coming weeks and we hope you’ll join us in DC.
Throughout the year, we’ll have a CARE exhibit at a number of ABI conferences, other bankruptcy conferences and national financial education conferences and events. If you attend any of these events, stop by the CARE table to say hello. We enjoy meeting our volunteers, potential volunteers and other CARE supporters in person.
CARE wouldn’t exist without our hundreds of dedicated volunteers and financial supporters throughout the country. We want to acknowledge their commitment to our mission of ensuring high school students and young adults graduate with the personal financial management skills they’ll need as they enter adulthood.
Your feedback is very important to us. Please share your comments, questions, and suggestions through the website at http://www.care4yourfuture.org. You can also contact me directly via email at [email protected] or by phone at (703) 894-5980.
Thanks again for your support.
About the Author
Anna Flores joined CARE as its first Executive Director in 2015 and helped to bring the organization into official 501(c)(3) status. Previously, Anna worked as a VP for American Express and has years of experience working with volunteer-driven organizations throughout the Washington, D.C. area.