Dear Family and Friends,

I apologize for the blanket note but this is such a crazy time with so many people in need and I wanted to reach as many people as possible as quickly as possible.

I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and sound and weathering this very scary time.

Although I am no longer CEO, I proudly serve on the Board of Directors of BUILD and do my best to be a thought-partner to BUILD’s extraordinary CEO, Ayele Shakur.

Today in speaking with Ayele, I felt such gratitude she is at the helm of the organization *and* was reminded of the magnitude of challenges BUILD students and alumni are facing.

Like many other nonprofits, BUILD is working directly in communities disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus outbreak. Unfortunately, we had to postpone *all* of our fundraising galas in all regions across the country due to the recent crisis, which equates to 1/3 of BUILD’s annual budget.

Since the crisis began, the BUILD team has been reaching out to our student entrepreneurs, alumni, and their families to ensure they are receiving adequate food, income, and technology assistance and identifying gaps in resources. BUILD has been going beyond entrepreneurship education giving families gift cards for food and other basic needs. BUILD also had to quickly mobilize when universities shut down to help students get home and/or to a safe place to live if home was not an option.

BUILD has now begun virtual mentoring and college counseling, and is developing virtual lessons and activities to keep our students connected and engaged in their learning during school closures.

Although all galas are cancelled and fundraising is more challenging, BUILD is not slowing down. BUILD is launching a new campaign to share stories of hope across the nation called #BUILDHeroes. BUILD is celebrating inspirational heroic moments and the people who go above and beyond to support the most impacted communities in this unprecedented time.

Would you join me by making a contribution to support this campaign and help the BUILD team continue this important work?

BUILD has an anonymous matching donor who will match gifts in the month of April up to $100,000 to inspire people to give to the Heroes Campaign. No gift is too small!

You can donate online here. Thank you for your consideration!

Suzanne

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Entrepreneur, Founder, Adjunct Professor, Operator and Advisor. I love impact, innovation and inspiration. www.smklahr.com

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