Tuesday, November 22, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving from CISLA!

Dear Friend,

Thanksgiving is a holiday that I look forward to every year for time off spent with family and friends, and for the expressions of gratitude. At Communities In Schools of Los Angeles, we have a lot to be grateful for.

We are grateful for the $1 million investment made by one of our greatest champions. This gift truly changed the way we operate, allowing us to focus on strengthening our organizational culture, as well as long term sustainability and eventual growth to serve more students and do it better.

More so than ever in the aftermath of the election, I am grateful (and humbled) to work alongside a professional and deeply passionate staff who come to work to support the youth of Los Angeles every day – no matter the day – celebrating student achievements on some and providing the resources and reassurances they need to power through on others.

I am also grateful to our board of directors and to our community of supporters, public and private, who take a similar approach in support of our work, truly doing whatever you can to empower our students, whether advising strategically as board members, through partnership, volunteering your time, or providing the necessary financial investments that we need to continue the work that we set out to do, 10 years ago.

On behalf of all of us, thank you for your ongoing commitment to ensure that our future leaders, elected officials, community organizers, teachers, entrepreneurs, CEOs and future parents have the support from us today that they not only deserve, but that they need, to represent and lead us well into the future.

Wishing you and your families a happy, peaceful and plentiful Thanksgiving.

With gratitude,

Deborah Marcus