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Andy and my donation matched — twice!

I am so touched by our community’s generosity and commitment to helping others make it to NCDD Seattle.  I just checked where we’re at with fund drive donations, and Andy and my $1,000 donation was not only matched, but surpassed by more than double that amount!  22 of you donated $2,150 in the past two days, bringing our total scholarship fund to $6575.

So in the past two days, we’ve doubled the funds we can offer to worthy scholarship recipients!  Andy and I, and the NCDD Board and conference planning team, are deeply appreciative to all those who have contributed to the scholarship fund.

More donations are still very much needed, and you can contribute at www.ncdd.org/funddrive if you would like to help out.  And if you’re in need of a full or partial scholarship in order to attend the conference, please apply today at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NCDD2012-scholarship-app.

Thank you so much for these generous donors who contributed since my Tuesday announcement…

Contributing $250:

  • Diane Miller, Civic Collaboration / President
  • Greg Mowat, GTM Transformations – Principal/Owner
  • Landon Shultz PhD, Bluebonnet Hills Christian Church

Contributing $100:

  • Bruce Mallory, Director, NH Listens, Univ. of New Hampshire
  • Caroline Lee, Asst Professor, Lafayette College
  • Christine Chopyak, Alchemy: the Art of Transforming Business – Senior Partner and strategic visualist
  • Craig Paterson, California NIF Network
  • John Steiner, Transpartisan Center/partner
  • Kaliya “Identity Woman” Hamlin, Unconfernece.net, Founder/Facilitator + Expert in User-Centric Digital Identity & Personal Data
  • Mike Huggins, Civic Praxis, Principal
  • Roger Harrison PhD, Principal, Harrison Associates
  • Susan Clark, Common Knowledge, Director
  • Susan Clark, Author, “Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home”
  • Tom Atlee, Co-Intelligence Institute, Research Director

Contributing $50:

  • Chris Heuer, Chairman, Social Media Club
  • Kate Howard, City and County of San Francisco
  • Mary Gelinas Ed.D,  Managing Director of Gelinas James, Inc.
  • Vicki Totten, St. Edward’s University

Contributing $25:

  • Stephan Gilchrist, Director, Center for Inclusive and Engaged Leadership, University of Wisconsin-Extension
  • Tamra Pearson d’Estree, University of Denver Conflict Resolution Institute, Co-Director
  • Tobin Quereau, Austin Community College, Professor
  • Vicenç Rul·lan

Why did these people decide to donate to the scholarship fund for NCDD Seattle?  Here are a few of their reasons…

“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.”

“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!”

“To support those who could benefit from attending but are not able to afford it! The Austin Conference was inspiring as will be the Seattle one, I’m sure.”

“I think NCDD has tremendous promise as an organization and network committed to a more inclusive, deliberative, and potentially wise democracy. As a low income person myself, I know there are many people with few resources who are doing important work towards that end, for whom participating in an NCDD conference could provide a major boost to their own capacity to bring their gifts to the world.”

“Our country is in desperate need of dialogue and deliberation, at every level of social organization. NCDD contributes to our having a civilized society.”

“We need the broadest possible cross section of D&D’ers to help each other learn and grow together.”

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

“We believe in NCDD.”

“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.”

“To meet more great people in Seattle!”

“So that we live by our inclusive, egalitarian principles, and extend the opportunity to participate in the meeting to newer, younger, up and coming leaders in our field.”

“I love you and what you’re doing and wish I could be there.”

“To ensure that more deserving people can join the community and learn the skills needed to bring the world together.”

“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.”

“I understand wanting to go to a conference but not having the financial ability to attend — whether as a student or representative from a non profit. It’s important not to exclude people from the conference simply because they do not have enough money to participate.”

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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. Courtney Breese says:

    This is wonderful news! Thanks to everyone who has contributed.

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