Giving Tuesday: Resilience Apart; Resilience Together.
Today is Giving Tuesday, a day that harnesses a global generosity movement to support nonprofits and organizations that do good. We are grateful for your support and belief in our mission to serve our nation’s gifted young people, even amidst this unprecedented challenging time. We are grateful for your support as we carry out our mission to serve our nations gifted young people, especially during this tumultuous time. Even though we cannot meet in person at the moment, we are reminded that our community is resilient, whether we are apart or together.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we live, learn, and connect. In March, the amazing IEA team took on the challenge of moving to an online teach and learning platform. They did this without compromising IEA’s commitment to providing high caliber content. Our new menu of virtual synchronous programs has expanded our reach and afforded us with the opportunity to touch the lives of more students in more locations than ever before. We even created a new initiative, Spyglass, to ensure our middle and high age students were served.
“Spyglass has been a great addition to the wonderful programs at IEA…It was very helpful to have this great resource especially during the pandemic. Our girls enjoyed connecting with familiar faces, both staff and students. We look forward to your great programming and we are appreciative of your efforts to bring meaningful content to IEA students.” (Parent)
Resilient apart. Even though our classes, workshops, and camps have moved online, participants and parents still report a satisfaction rating of 96%.
If we can do this during a global crisis, think about what is possible as we move into the future.
While we celebrate our victories, we know that this season will have a lingering impact on us all. Quarantine, school closures, social unrest, climate change, and isolation from loved ones have taken their toll on our families.
Resilient together. We will be together again. In the meantime, IEA remains focused upon the intellectual and personal needs of our children. We look forward to the close of this painful chapter in history, but we know that the impact of the pandemic on our community will not end with the vaccine. We hope to be supportive agents for recovery by providing our families with purposeful content, social connection, venues for safe communication, and a welcoming community of like-minded peers.
But to do so, we need your help now.
We are grateful for the success of our recent Read-a-Thon fundraiser, yet we have a long way to go to close our funding gap for the year. We have work to do if we are to provide the high caliber programs and social/emotional support our gifted children rely on, especially as we have broadened our reach to serve more gifted children through our online programs. Please help us remain resilient as we strive to build resilience in the young people we serve.
Thank you for your consideration. May you and your loved ones remain safe and well this holiday season.
Elizabeth D. Jones
Institute for Educational Advancement