As I write this letter, my mind goes back to the early days when Exceeding Expectations was pretty much an experiment. The program was not started with a business plan and yearly goals. Rather, it began when I met a group of kids at a San Bernardino elementary school and it became clear to me that, without some outside intervention, these kids had no chance to break out and make something of themselves. In fact, a more positive life was not even on their radar. They were simply trying to survive day to day.
So, I dove in, the only way I knew how: I went to my friends and asked for help. Some of you have been with us since the beginning and many others have come on board over the years. Every one of you has made a huge difference in our ability to help the kids. We have the stats which we’re very proud of and, most importantly, we have witnessed a dramatic change in attitude. Today, even our youngest kids understand that they will be graduating high school and attending college. And the families know that their kids will have the opportunity and financial help to do something that will truly better all their lives.
When a kid becomes a member of EE, I make a personal promise to him or her:
Your job is to do well in school, graduate from high school and get accepted into the school that is best for you. EE’s job is to make sure that money is never an obstacle to getting a good education.
Our experiment is working, one kid at a time:
You Exceeding Expectations supporters have been very generous over the years, making it possible for us to use training and racing to develop the attitudes and skills the kids can use to fulfill their true potential and better the lives of not only themselves but their families. We are very grateful to each of you.
Exceeding Expectations plans to be around well into the future and to keep helping kids and families who are full of promise but simply need a little help. I look forward to you continuing with us on this rewarding journey.
I never want to overburden you, and at this time am simply asking for EE to be on your list of potential recipients if you're in the process of researching ways in which you or your business can help others during this time of year or are looking to make a donation as part of your year-end tax planning.
Our foundation is a non-profit 501(3)c, which means that your donation is fully tax deductible (Tax ID 20-4227809). If you choose to contribute, you can do it by check, made out to “Exceeding Expectations” and sent to:
31855 Date Palm Dr., Ste 3-505
Cathedral City, CA 92234
Or, you can donate securely on-line through our website, http://www.eefoundation.org/donate/
Thanks in advance for your consideration and for your ongoing support of the kids, financially or otherwise. And remember to use AmazonSmilewhen you’re making online purchases this holiday season and throughout the year. Every time you buy, EE gets a little hit – and it all helps! Plus, it won’t cost you a thing. Just click here to get going.
By the way, December is a big month for EE. Watch for upcoming stories and pictures of several events, including our annual year-end Awards and Scholarships party.