BY STEVEN GORDON, LEMONADE DAY NATIONAL PRESIDENT
Lemonade Day’s program is focused on three principles: save some, spend some, and share some. It’s important that our young entrepreneurs understand how to budget and save, reward themselves for a job well done, and share a percentage of their earnings with a cause that is important to them. We don’t specify what the percentage should be; we let each child determine what their gift will be.
Our Lemonade Day program benefits from the generosity of foundations, organizations, and corporations. A few weeks ago, I blogged about the venerable Fondren Foundation here in Houston that granted $200,000 toward Lemonade Day.
Today, I wanted to share another gift our organization recently received. Thanks to a $262,000 grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, chambers of commerce in five communities in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States are launching the Lemonade Day youth entrepreneurship program. The cities include Medford/Jackson County, Oregon; Lakewood, Wash.; Vancouver, Wash.; Yakima, Wash.; and Kalispell, Montana. These five communities join seven existing Pacific Northwest cities that have hosted Lemonade Day in previous years.
The benefactor of the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, Jack Murdock, was an entrepreneur himself, starting a small business at a very young age and later co-founding Tektronix. The Murdock Trust seeks opportunities to continue Jack’s legacy by supporting youth, education, entrepreneurship, and community throughout the region.
The generosity of the Murdock Trust allows us to accelerate our expansion into the Pacific Northwest. The Lemonade Day program complements the curricula taught in local school districts, and I’m excited to hear that the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County has already met with the Medford School District superintendent to explore a partnership. Lemonade Day in Medford/Jackson County is scheduled for May 5, 2020.
If you know of an organization that aligns with our values and cause, or a foundation that we should research, feel free to drop me a note at email@example.com.
As always, I welcome your comments, questions, and suggestions.
For more information about Lemonade Day, please visit www.lemonadeday.org.