The Berrett-KoehlerFoundation recently completed its first year since it was incorporated. And it has already reached several major milestones.
First, the Foundation received official IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status as a public charity. This means that donations, transfers, and gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible. We think that it is a good sign that the Foundation received this status more rapidly and cleanly than is the norm for most organizations that apply.
Second, this month the Foundation hired its first permanent executive director, Marielle Amrhein, who is a 32-year-old young leader herself and who has extensive experience both in nonprofit organization leadership and youth leadership development. Our thanks go to BK author Jesse Stoner, who, as interim executive director, was the driving force in leading the Foundation from initial idea to functioning organization.
Third, the Foundation held its first public event on July 19 in Oakland, California. This BK Leadership Exchange brought together 30 young and emerging leaders with 30 BK authors and other experienced leaders in interactive learning and practicing of new leadership approaches.
Please check out this Foundation news story.
Thank you to many members of the BK community who have supported the Berrett-Koehler Foundation with your donations and volunteer efforts.