[fsf60k] Re: good news and website info

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a lovely gift for the holidays!!
ill be in touch when i return
mc
----- Original Message ----- From: "Peter White" <pedro831@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <fsf60K@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2008 8:01 PM
Subject: [fsf60k] good news and website info


***This is a message from a member of Friends of Students for 60,000***

Greetings, or Hola for those of you who speak Spanish,

As many know from  last week's meeting and from reading a recent freelist
message or two, we applied for a grant from a company called Liquidnet in
NYC. A member of their staff is a nephew of Millie and Morty Willen who
pointed us in Liquidnet's direction. They are making $150000 available for
local groups like ours. Criteria was that employees of Liquidnet (in this
case, Brian Foley, Willen nephew) had to recommend the applicant/not for
profit group. Brian Foley recommended us, mostly because of his Aunt
Millie's involvement with Friends and other groups, and we applied. Of 24
such applications, we were happy last week to be named among the ten
finalists. Those selected would receive a grant for their project work of
somewhere between $25000 for the "winner" to something in between, to $5000
for the rest. After a great deal of deliberation among the 300 members of
Liquidnet, who ran a democratic process and voted, we were selected to be
among those "in between," meaning we didn't get the top prize of $25000, but
we will be receiving $12500! which causes us mas alegre, to coin a phrase
from Nicaragua. We are awaiting guidelines on how the money will pass to us,
and how it may/must be used. We think there will be no strings attached to
this grant, in which case I and I'm sure many of you have many ideas. Either
way, perhaps sometime before Christmas a committee of us could meet to
discuss this and form a plan on the best use for the grant, or at least part
of it just to get some money going. In spirit, the grant is called the
"local impact grant" so my guess is that the donor (Liquidnet) wants to see
all/most/some of the money going locally. But I also received word that
there are no strings, so we will await a more definite statement from them.
But the news is good either way, locally or internationally. Its nice to
have some good news to celebrate despite Patchogue, Mumbai, Iraq and the
tanking economy.

Also, at the last meeting we discussed moving forward with our Friends of
Students for 60000, Inc. web site. George Pardo had taken certain steps to
do so, so had Jen Brady Cotter and Adam Kantrowitz. Since all live in
different communities, Jen volunteered at the last meeting to head up the
committee for final web site planning and implementation. We all agreed. So all those involved in web site plans please consult/pass things through Jen
as she is the web chair. Her contact info is:

jjjellybean7@xxxxxxxxxxx
or Jen Cotter Brady, 174 Ave. A, Holbrook, NY 11741
or 631 676 7557, or  631 588 4766

Best wishes for good grant use and a terrific web site. PW






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