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Anti-Poverty Campaign in Boston

3/27/2008 01:42:00 PM
Contrasting that terrible Globe article that I just read is one in the Boston Business Journal that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Millionaire Ken Nickerson is starting a campaign called Boston Rising to combat poverty in Boston.

Boston Rising's mission is simple: To fight poverty in Boston, just as Robin Hood fights poverty in NYC. One appeal of the fund: Donors will see 100 percent go to charity. Boston Rising will have all its operating costs covered by its board of directors so all charitable gifts go directly to the programs and none to cover overhead.

Boston Rising's goal is to raise another $15 million to match Nickerson's grant, then release $15 million for programming -- and then go from there.

To Ken Nickerson: You rock! I applaud your philanthropy and wish you luck in raising the funds that you need to get this off the ground.

Click (here) to read the original article.

PS. Try hitting up the folks that bought units at the Mandarin Oriental. If they're willing to pay $2K per square foot for a condo, I'm sure they've got a million bucks laying around in their couch cushions that they could spare.

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