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Did we rise to John Spady’s challenge? Oh yes we did!

I am absolutely floored right now, and so humbled by the support coming through for NCDD’s work. I announced at noon that John Spady was donating $500 and ready to match up to $500 in additional donations, and checked a few minutes ago to find out that a $500 contribution had just come in from Deb Ganderton, Executive Manager of Communications and Engagement for the City of Boroondara (Victoria, Australia).

Not only that, but another $625 in contributions had come in throughout the day (check them out here). My personal hope was to see us reach 50% of our $10,000 goal for the fund drive by the end of the day tomorrow (Day 7 of the 3-week drive).  With today’s total of $2125 — which includes John Spady’s $1000 — that brings us to $5260 on Day 6.

It is so heartening to see people supporting NCDD like this, especially during such difficult economic times. We’ve even gotten contributions from a couple of people who are in between jobs at the moment, and I can’t tell you how much that means to Andy and I, and to the NCDD Board.

If you haven’t yet participated in the fund drive, you still have time (not to worry!). Here’s a statement from Martin Carcasson, Director of the Center for Public Deliberation at Colorado State University, about why he supports NCDD:

NCDD is a critical resource for our field. All three of its major components–its website, its listservs, and its conferences–by themselves play essential roles in the further development of the work we all do, both in terms of welcoming and educating new people about all the various aspects of the work, as well as helping more experienced scholars and practitioners expand their repertoire and their networks. I mark the NCDD conference in 2006 as my official entry into this work, and it remains the most impactful and insightful conference I have attended.

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Sandy Heierbacher co-founded the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD) with Andy Fluke in 2002, with the 60 volunteers and 50 organizations who worked together to plan NCDD’s first national conference. She served as NCDD's Executive Director between 2002 and 2018. Click here for a list of articles and resources authored by Sandy.

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  1. John Spady says:

    Thank you EVERYBODY for your time, talents, and support of NCDD!
    And thank you too for supporting the efforts of “civic entrepreneurs and innovators” in your local communities.

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