A Major Breakthrough
Six days after our initial meeting at the Community Food Bank,
McDonald, the CEO sent me an
Instead of trying to launch the 2080 community service standardization and certification endeavor on your own as a stand-alone nonprofit what about finding the right, well-established civic engagement/leadership nonprofit under which to incubate it, e.g. Independent Sector, or The Aspen Institute?
Might such an approach bring 2080 faster brand credibility and broader nonprofit sector support/adoption?
Michael’s idea gave me pause. All of my experience is on the corporate side, consequently, I am always thinking about ways to launch something to show viability and marketability. Sprouts is an example of my modus operandi.
Over the next few days I reviewed both The Independent Sector and The Aspen Institute websites and decided to start with Nadine Jalandoni at The Independent Sector. Ms. Jalandoni handles special projects. An automatic “Out of Office” reply came back with a promise to respond later but that never happened.
The Aspen Institute, an esteemed think tank was next. According to their website “The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in
. Its mission is to foster leadership based
on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical
issues.” Washington, DC
In 2012, following an Aspen Ideas Festival, The Aspen Institute created a new program called the
Franklin Project named after Ben Franklin who believed central to any
democracy is citizen service. General (Ret.)
Stanley McChrystal, former Commander
of U.S. Forces in and Leadership Council
Chair for the Afghanistan Franklin Project, began
promoting a one-year conscription program for recent high school and college
graduates. When I first learned of the Franklin Project about a year ago, I also learned
about General McChrystal and an associate Alan
Khazei. For this reason, I thought it might be a waste of time to
present an opposing idea. Michael’s comments encouraged me to look at them
Alan Khazei—a very prominent social entrepreneur, founder and chief executive officer of Be the Change, Inc, Co-Chair of the
Franklin Project and
adjunct lecturer in Public Policy at the —was more soft-spoken
about conscription, a “Rite of Passage” as he called it. In earlier posts I’ve
mentioned my Harvard
Kennedy School Vietnam vet status and my lack of
enthusiasm for drafting folks into service because such programs favor the rich
and burden the poor. So I lean more toward Mr. Khazei’s kinder rite of passage
approach and decided to connect with him.
Without much trouble I found Mr. Khazei’s email address on the
website. Under the subject
line: Making Community Service a “Fact of Life” in America, I sent Mr. Khazei my
Twenty Eighty Community Service proposal in an attachment and explained as
briefly as possible my intensions. That was about 1 pm Monday morning, February
24th. At 7:23 AM I got a reply. Harvard University
“Thanks Peter for your interest in national service.
I and my colleagues will review your proposal and be back in touch.
All the best,
Each of those colleagues was cc:d in the email. In the next fifteen minutes I Googled them and was overwhelmed by their positions and spheres of influence. Mr. Khazei sent the Twenty Eighty Community Service proposal to: John Bridgeland, CEO of Civic Enterprises, a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. and Co-Chair of the
Franklin Project; Jason
Mangone, Director for the
Franklin Project; Zach Maurin,
Co-Founder and Executive
Director of ServeNext.org and
Subramanyam, Reproductive Health and Research Intern at the World
Based on the credential of the folks Mr. Khazei forwarded the proposal to, you know that he had to read it first. That fact was enough to keep me in a full smile mode for the rest to the day. The other thing that made me happy was all these national service executives have been thinking about a community service program that lasts only one year. The Twenty Eighty proposal encourages community service for a lifetime beginning in the third grade. Can’t wait to get the next email from Mr. Khazei.
Special Note: If you would like to review the seven-page Twenty Eighty Community Service Program proposal, just ask and I will forward it to you. Or read an Arizona Daily Star article here.
6th Truck Load - 2014
Got fooled by a bag of potatoes this week. Sprouts had their potatoes on sale— about 34 cents a pound—so while at the Oracle store on Wednesday I collected enough money to buy 90 lbs. Since it was going to rain on Saturday and I only have outdoor storage, I took the donation to the Food Bank on Thursday and forgot about it.
Saturday I bought 150 lbs., 80 lbs. for Sprouts-Speedway and 60 lbs. for
Karen and Dot at DKA
Associates. Even with 19 bags in the truck it still didn’t look like a 500 lb.
load. Of course, the earlier Sprouts run to the Food Bank was still not in the
While at the Food Bank today it all came together and I had no photo of this terrific haul. So I took one bag of potatoes back out to the truck, placed it in the center of the bed and immortalized it.
This week’s donations amounted to 586 lbs. and included River View Estates, 34 lbs.; Sprouts (Speedway), 168 lbs.; Sprouts (Oracle), 172 lbs.; and Miles Neighborhood, 212 lbs.
Surprise Cash Donation
One of the DKA shopping bags was too full. In the process of splitting the load I noticed a folded $20 bill. Usually cash donations are in an envelope or have a Post It note attached. In response to my email query Dot wrote: “Hi Peter-
Karen usually does the shopping, but is out of town
today through the weekend. So go ahead and buy potatoes and I will check it out
on Mon. If it was a mistake, I will reimburse it myself. Either way, we've still
fed a lot more people!”
Dot’s famous for those everybody wins decisions!
We collected a total of 212 lbs. of food. The money we donated amounted to $32.00, a $25.00 check and $7.00 in cash.
See you Sunday,