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Feb 24, 2011
Education Reform is the Top Mobilization Priority in Your Transformed United Way
As you know, we have some of the richest, poorest, best- and least-educated citizens in the country.
Yet, due to that diversity—both ethnically and geographically—the Capital Region is one of the most difficult communities in America to mobilize and address our most demanding civic challenges.
Leslie Whitlow Graves
In remarks to Council of the District of Columbia Chairman Kwame Brown and council members on Wednesday, February 23, your United Way of the National Capital Area made it clear that the organization is taking dramatic steps to transform, and outlined some of the actions we’re taking in the education arena.
As one of the most respected brands in the world, a transformed United Way can be a key “mobilizer” around the issues of education, financial stability, and health in our area. This is our new mission. This is our new calling.
Here’s an excerpt of United Way NCA’s President & CEO Bill Hanbury’s testimony, delivered by United Way NCA’s Leslie Whitlow Graves, senior vice president of community impact. Click the link below to read the full remarks.
"Education reform is our top mobilization priority. United Way of the National Capital Area is becoming a key neutral convener…bringing together leaders and stakeholders at all levels…from education, business, non-profits, neighborhoods, civic and philanthropic sectors…all around common goals and benchmarks to support every child in our community…from cradle to career.”