Welcome, readers and Sullivan Foundation supporters, to the second issue of Engage magazine. We’re especially grateful for the positive response and the constructive feedback we got on the first issue. We’ve made some changes and added some new features to make this one even more enjoyable than the first.
Our first Social Change Challenge, concluded at the spring retreat, provided seed funding for several student-driven social ventures. Our next challenge will kick off in October 17-19, during the fall retreat in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The Alumni gathering in Raleigh-Durham, another spring highlight, was attended by medallion and scholarship recipients from 12 schools, including Duke, UNC, Campbell, Elon, and St. Andrew’s.
We also expanded the Sullivan family during the spring, adding two wonderful institutions to the fold: Bellarmine University of Louisville, Kentucky, and Washington Adventist University of Takoma Park, Maryland. I look forward to seeing the impact of these new partnerships.
Over the last few months, we financially sponsored 20 Sullivan students in Prague, Rome, and North Carolina for the summer. Their collaborations with students from all across the world allowed them to study principles of social change while working directly on leadership and service issues.
This year, in addition to our regional retreats, summer programs, and social change challenge, we will be on campus with Berry College and Erskine College working on a “campus plan” to educate and elevate service and social change principles. We hope to build on this first effort and offer that same commitment to our other schools over the next few years.
Finally, I’d like to personally remind everyone to feel free to reach out to us. The foundation is here to assist you in your efforts, so let us know what we can do to help. Thanks so much for your support and all that you do for others.
Stephan Land McDavid
President, Sullivan Foundation