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Can you contribute to the Scholarship Fund for NCDD Seattle?

Hi, everyone!  We wanted to do one final push this week for donations for the scholarship fund for this year’s NCDD conference.  We’ve been getting a lot of requests for scholarship assistance from great people in our field and just entering our field, and our scholarship fund is much smaller than it needs to be to make sure these folks can join us at the Seattle conference next month.

Sandy and Andy picAndy and I have decided to donate up to $1,000 of our own money to the scholarship fund, assuming you folks can match that amount by Thursday.  Those of you who know Andy and I well know that we run NCDD on a shoestring, and our modest pay reflects that — so this is a big deal for us.  But we feel this is more than a worthy cause, and hope a bunch of you feel the same and will step forward with donations this week!

Please contribute today at www.ncdd.org/funddrive if you’re not already supporting the conference in some way. The 2012 conference is our community’s time to come together to strengthen our ties, support each other’s professional growth, and discover ways we can combine forces to launch our field forward. If you’re not able to make it yourself, we need your help ensuring others are able to.

Our goal for the scholarship fund drive, which we launched on August 8th, was to raise $15,000 from our community to help people from diverse backgrounds make it to NCDD Seattle. At this point we’ve raised $3,425 from 24 generous donors.  I know we can do better, and hope the matching contribution from Andy and I will help.

Thank you to the following people for donating to the scholarship fund so far!

  • Myles Alexander, Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, K-State University, Project Coordinator
  • John Backman, Principal, The Dialogue Venture
  • Laurie Bezold, Fusion Partnerships, Inc.
  • Joan Binkow
  • Tim Bonnemann, Intellitics, Inc.
  • Courtney Breese, MA Office of Public Collaboration, NCDD Board Member
  • Christopher Bui, the American Focus/Social/Civic Entrepreneur
  • Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship
  • Mary Gelinas, Ed.D, Managing Director of Gelinas James, Inc.
  • Peggy Holman, Engaging Emergence: Turnning Upheaval into Opportunity, Author and consultant
  • Les Ihara Jr, Hawaii State Senator
  • Cherry Muse, Public Conversations Project/President
  • William Potapchuk, Community Building Institute/President
  • Ruthy Kohorn Rosenberg, Brown University, Faculty & Postdoc Ombudsperson
  • Michael Shannon, Northern New Jersey Community Foundation, President
  • Jim Snow
  • John Spady, CommunityForumsNetwork.org and Civic Entrepreneur for Dick Spady Legacy Projects
  • Philip Thomas, D3 Associates, Founder
  • Linda Welsh, Austin Community College District/Department Chair, Child Development
  • David Witzel, Chief of Conspiration
  • Sue Woehrlin, Antioch University Seattle faculty
  • And three donors who prefer to remain anonymous.

Please join this list of Scholarship Fund donors, by pledging your support at www.ncdd.org/funddrive.

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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. I’m quite touched by all of the donations coming in today for the scholarship fund! Chris Chopyak of Alchemy just contributed $100 adding this great comment:

    “Quite simply – I believe in the work of NCDD. we need leadership and a convening organizer to help us see our community for what it is, to share new and good ideas and to move dialogue and deliberation forward. Thanks for all you do and what the organization is becoming!’

  2. Roger Harrison said this when he submitted his donation:

    “This is a worthwhile occasion, and one which is not often available here in Seattle. I want as many as possible to be able to join in.”

    And Diane Miller said this:

    “NCDD Conferences are an incredible opportunity that EVERYONE should have access to, as they can be very transformational for attendees and the direction in which they take their work in creating positive community change.”

    Susan Clark, Author of the new book Slow Democracy, added this:

    “The NCDD conference is an important venue to advance our collective work, and money shouldn’t get in the way of anyone’s participation.”

    Vicki Totten from St. Edwards University wrote:

    “When I had a student apply and Sandy sent out the reminder, I realized this was something I needed to be donating to – since I think having students at the conference is important.”

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