The Foundation of the IADC is proud to announce a $100,000 donation to the newly created Sandra Day O’Connor Legacy Fund, which benefits iCivics in furtherance of its mission to reinvigorate civic education. The donation was announced by IADC Foundation President David Rosenberg during the IADC’s Northeast Regional Meeting held April 9 at Mayer Brown LLP’s New York City office.
(l to r) David Rosenberg, Foundation of the IADC President; Wendy May, iCivics Governing Board Member; Molly Craig, IADC Immediate Past President; Louise Dubè, iCivics Executive Director; and the Hon. Robert Henry, iCivics Board Member and President of Oklahoma City University
The Foundation of the IADC is a longtime supporter of iCivics. Founded by O’Connor in 2009, iCivics has provided more than 7 million K-12 students with the tools they need for active participation and democratic action. The Sandra Day O’Connor Legacy Fund was established specifically to support the organization’s current operations and growth and to ensure iCivics continues to engage the next generation of citizens.
“iCivics is a phenomenal organization and we are very proud and privileged to support their efforts,” said Weber Gallagher Partner and The Foundation of the IADC Board of Directors President Mr. Rosenberg. “Millions of educators and students rely on and benefit from the quality resources that iCivics provides. The Legacy Fund will serve to broaden the organization’s impact and mission.”
“We are incredibly grateful for The Foundation of the IADC’s generous contribution and ongoing support of iCivics. We are thrilled that the Foundation is a pioneer in helping to launch the Sandra Day O’Connor Legacy Fund,” stated iCivics Executive Director Louise Dubé. “The Fund will help ensure that iCivics can prepare the future generations of informed students who are prepared for active, intelligent citizenship. This would not be possible without our phenomenal community partners, particularly the IADC who have been with us from the beginning.”
In addition to The Foundation of the IADC’s donation announcement, the Regional Meeting also featured presentations by former Chief Justice Deborah Poritz; iCivics Board Member Robert Henry, who is the former Chief Judge of the Tenth Circuit and the president of Oklahoma City University, as well as Lawrence S. DiCara, Esq, a Nixon Peabody attorney, political author and former Boston City Councilman. Ms. Poritz, Mr. Henry, and Mr. DiCara discussed the importance of developing an informed and responsible citizenry, and specifically, education directed at the acceptance and understanding of rights, responsibilities, and the divergent views of others.
“Today’s event and The Foundation of the IADC’s announcement mark the beginning of what is sure to be a momentous season for iCivics,” said Mr.Henry. “Not only did this generate an extraordinary level of excitement for the Legacy Fund, it also generated significant dialogue surrounding iCivics’ mission.”
In addition to the IADC Foundation’s $100,000 grant, the IADC Foundation is asking IADC members and their firms and companies to donate. So far, IADC members and their firms have pledged approximately $20,000, and we hope to be able to match the Foundation’s $100,000 grant with IADC member donations. Thank you to those who have donated so far.
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