Times like these are especially challenging for organizations like ours who are focused on making connections. Cancelled events and fundraisers have motivated us to become even more creative in keeping members engaged, and more candid about what we need in order to be effective.
To that end, thank you to all who have kept in touch with us since the stay-at-home order was issued in Illinois. We are grateful for every communication and every participant in virtual events. Thanks too, to those of you who donated to the LTAA on “Giving Tuesday Now” in May. You helped us raise enough money to offset revenue lost due to the cancellation of our June fundraiser, keeping our administrative engines humming during our busiest time of the year…scholarship time!
We received twice as many scholarship applications this year compared to 2019, undoubtedly due in part to the economic stress families are under as a result of Covid-19. Fortunately, our investment in technology upgrades enabled us to design and administer the scholarship program just as efficiently from remote locations, and we are so very proud of the outcome. The happy result? Thirty-one Lane graduates are now college freshmen and benefitting from LTAA scholarships totaling over $181,000. A record!
Now we are in the midst of our Teacher Innovation Grant Program. Grant applications are being reviewed and we expect awards to go out by mid-November. We are grateful for the members who have contributed to this fund throughout the year. That support, along with the funds recently raised at our virtual Golfing for Grants outing will ensure that this program sustains its momentum during the pandemic.
While the coronavirus continues to surge, our regular administrative expenses do not subside, so I hope you will consider even the most modest donation to the LTAA on Giving Tuesday, December 1st, or throughout the month of December during our year-end appeal. Seventy-six cents of every dollar you give will go back into LTAA programs.
More than anything, we hope all of our members are safe and healthy, and will join us in collectively honoring Lane alumni we have lost to Covid-19. We also extend our thanks to fellow Laneites serving on the frontlines as healthcare professionals, first responders or supply chain workers during the pandemic.
If ever there were a time to be fearless and bold, this is it.