The Seminar Network’s winter meeting wrapped up Monday with calls to continue the work that’s providing a platform for anyone who wants to make a difference and help people improve their lives.
“The solutions to our country’s most pressing problems won’t be found through sweeping, top-down solutions,” said Evan Feinberg, executive director of Stand Together Foundation, a social change organization committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by supporting the creative solutions of individuals and communities around the country.
“They’ll be discovered one person at a time,” he said.
It doesn’t matter who you are, what you do, or where you live – everyone can play a critical role.
“And by bringing people together in common cause,” said Feinberg, the Network can have a far greater impact.
The Network is the Place to Be
Feinberg told the story about how Stand Together Foundation and NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders partnered on Black Friday to ask shoppers at a Dallas mall if they would be willing to donate their holiday shopping savings to a Stand Together Foundation partner working to break the cycle of poverty.
In less than one week, people at the mall and online contributed $260,000 in small-dollar donations.
Today, Feinberg told the Network gathering that his organization was building on that effort by kicking off the Giving Together Initiative, which offers opportunities for people to donate, fundraise, volunteer, and connect in unique ways to make a difference by combining technology with Stand Together Foundation’s robust network of more than 100 nonprofits to make philanthropy easier, more effective, and impactful for them.
The Initiative includes a $10 million match of all individual donations up to $1,000 at www.StandTogetherAgainstPoverty.org, a project of the Stand Together Foundation.
“We’re doing this to empower millions of Americans to start their journey as social entrepreneurs,” said Feinberg
“This country is full of good people who want to make a difference,” he said. “They just want to know how. So, when this Network offers a platform where they know they can make a difference, they are all-in.”
Brian Hooks, chairman of The Seminar Network, told attendees about how the Network is uniting movements of millions to break barriers in education, business, communities, and public policy. By standing together in common cause, people can make a far greater impact, and help many more people improve their lives than any of us could do on our own.
Hooks gave two examples of the Network’s efforts to solve pressing problems – education and immigration: on education, by beginning a pilot program in at least five states to make a difference in the lives of 15 million students; and, on immigration, by working with a broad-based coalition to achieve permanent legal status for Dreamers, modeled on the Network’s successful effort to enact federal criminal justice reform.
Both of these endeavors demonstrate the Network’s commitment to work with anyone to do good.