Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Sam's Quarantine Digest #52: May 19, 2021

Hi all,

I am once again a little late - it's been another crazy and exciting week around here! Not only did Luke and I get our first car on Friday, but our new puppy was also born! So about eight weeks from now, we will have a beautiful, snuggly bundle of joy in our new house. That said, I hate missing deadlines, so I will be shifting the Digest to a biweekly schedule to give myself a bit of breathing room, especially now that we are starting - slowly but surely - to regain little snippets of freedom here and there, or at least to relax into our routines a little more as the weather improves, the days get longer and brighter, and the world gets a little healthier and stronger.

I will resume our regularly-scheduled programming in my next email. However, I have a very important message for all of you today. As I mentioned last week, today is The Resolution Project’s annual day of giving, Giving Amplified. You can check out the exciting events for the day (including a discussion with Sheryl WuDunn, one of my personal heroes) here - I'll be dialed into nearly all of them and I hope you'll join me! In addition to that Q&A, another highlight for me will be a spotlight on mentoring where we hear from some of the Resolution Fellows about those who have helped them get to where they are today - you have all heard me talk about the importance of mentoring and role models in my own life, and I will be listening raptly to these stories as well.

Resolution, which funds, mentors, and supports undergraduate students so they can start their own social ventures, is very important to me. As I mentioned last week, I've been involved with Resolution for over a decade, since February 2010. I used to run a nonprofit myself, and I'd always told Resolution's founders that I couldn't join the team because I didn't feel comfortable asking for money for another organization while I worked at one myself. So the very day that I announced I was leaving to go to Google, Oliver responded and said, "So you'll join us now, right?!" And I am so grateful that I did! I've been a member of the Resolution Leadership Council ever since, and I've been able to watch this incredible organization grow, both in numbers and in impact, inspiring an entire generation of young, community-minded leaders along the way. Resolution Fellows have started social ventures ranging from community market gardens to help provide economic security for women in rural Uganda to digging clean water wells in Haiti to developing hydroponic farms that use bird feeders to create fertilization systems for crops - and that's just a sampling of the ventures whose names start with "A"! Resolution has supported hundreds of Fellows and ventures across the world since I've been involved, and I couldn't be prouder to be a part of this amazing organization!

I hope you will join me today in supporting The Resolution Project! You can contribute through the Resolution website here, or through my Facebook fundraiser here. An anonymous donor has also committed to matching all gifts today, up to $75,000, so your donation may be doubled! And please don't forget to take advantage of any matching programs your employer may offer in order to have the greatest possible impact with your donation today.

I'll leave you with some fun facts about Resolution:
  • There are over 540 Resolution Fellows around the world, working in 82 countries on issues like climate change, gender equality, and access to water.
  • More than 148,000 people have gained access to clean drinking water because of the efforts of Resolution Fellows.
  • In 2020, Resolution launched an emergency relief fund to help 79 Fellows across 27 countries handle unexpected expenses brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • In the last two years, Resolution has opened three innovation hubs in Kenya, Singapore, and Rwanda.
  • 35% of Fellows are working on addressing Sustainable Development Goal 4: Quality Education. Thanks to these Fellows, more than 76,000 children have gained access to an improved quality of education.
  • 19% of Fellows are working on addressing Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality, resulting in over 97,000 women and girls supported through empowerment initiatives.

Thank you so much!

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