Happy New Year to everyone. I hope that everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday season. Another year is officially over. How many of you have made the mistake when writing the year? I have! It is hard not to for the first couple of weeks of a new year.
When a new year begins, we like to look back and review how the year unfolded. Looking back on 2013, AZ4Education set some lofty goals to help grow our organization. Reflecting back here are some of the highlights:
- Getting out to meet school administrators and parents – We have had the privilege to meet many people this past year. It has been wonderful to discuss with everyone what an STO is, what our community can do to help each other and enjoy our common vision of school choice. Personally, I have enjoyed this so much – that I want to do it more in 2014!
- Develop our AZ4Education Community – we introduced our community with many new tools and dashboards for schools and parents. We are excited by the opportunity that this will give to everyone. We have just started and will continue to develop and enhance our community with more tools in the future. For 2014, I want to stress to everyone that you all are a member of our AZ4Education community – you do not have an account. No person is an account. The tools and information that is shared with everyone is information that keeps your desire for the best for your students at your finger tips. Communities help each other – that is why we are here.
- Every organization has goals around number of donations, dollars raised and scholarships awarded. We are no different. Once again we are seeing at the very least a 2X growth (it is almost closer to 3X). For 2014, our goals continue to strive for a 2X goals rate. When you look at the list of STO’s that are receiving $1M or more – we want to be there as well. The more we can raise, the more scholarships we can offer.
It has been a good 2013 for us! We are happy with the results and are looking forward to what 2014 will bring for our community!