Happy Valentine’s Day!
Love is in the air and The Surge Institute is officially on the map! Today I received news from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that they are investing in the launch of Surge! That amazing investment, coupled with funds from the Walton Family Foundation and Schusterman Family Foundation plus early start-up/business planning support from New Schools Venture Fund, means that Surge has now topped the ONE MILLION DOLLAR mark in fundraising in just over 15 months! (Yes, I DID just have a Mike Meyers/Austin Powers moment) How amazing is that?!?
This support from large institutional funders is totally game changing for Surge. Not only does it allow me to build a small team to bring the organization to life, but it also gives us tremendous credibility throughout the sector. And this is just the tip of the iceberg!
Expect to see social media and other outreach in the near future as we try to spread the word about this work which we believe will greatly impact the future of education equity and reform efforts – first in Chicago and then throughout the country.
Snoopy Dance time!!!