I'm a board member and volunteer. I support Skipping Stones because it connects young people from many cultures and lets them exchange ideas, stories, and traditions. In our hyperactive and attention-deficit world, Skipping Stones comes along at a meditative pace and provides a quiet, reflective space that encourages creativity and self-expression. Our founder and publisher of 23 years, Arun Toke, excels at the difficult task of promoting a tolerant exchange of ideas while at the same time standing tall for core values such as global peace, respect for all cultures, and a deep commitment to protecting the sanctity of the natural environment and all forms of life.
Thanks, Joachim! Best, arun
I first met Skipping Stones publisher Arun Toke in 1986. I was an out-going board member of another non-profit organization, and editor/business manager of its house publications; Arun was my incoming replacement. One thing I learned about Arun early is that he is a man of profound belief/faith, is consistent in it, and walks in integrity to a degree unusual among men. Not long after, he founded Skipping Stones, and I've had the honor of serving on its board most of the years since. Whereas my own (commercial) publication operated under the usual financial terms -- debt to finance start-up, early operations, cash flow, and growth -- Arun has always run Skipping Stones in the black. He's done so by keeping all costs (including his own income) to a bare minimum, helped in part by a steady stream of volunteers and interns who gladly give of their time and talents for Arun and the mission of Skipping Stones. Not one penny is wasted, nor is a single sheet of paper. Arun has also been diligent about applying for -- and receiving -- grants; I do't have the list, but many important organizations and foundations have seen value in supporting Skipping Stones over the years. Board discussions periodically return to questions of sustainability and growth -- how to pursue it, and how to pay for the pursuit. I cannot shake the idea that if Skipping Stones had more support (capital), it could give wings to its vision in a much broader way with much more impact on the world. Most mass marketing campaigns, however, often involve some kind of dumbing-down of the product, some compromise of the mission, some appeal to commercial methods and interests, all of which Skipping Stones has been committed not to do. So it continues on, with a very committed, strongly supportive niche audience. I wholeheartedly support the mission and organization and its leader. Any donations (or purchases of subscriptions) are very frugally spent, every penny wrung out to effect the greatest good possible. That great good is a very great good among those it reaches.
I have served on the board of Skipping Stones ever since it published its first magazine almost 25 years ago. I have contributed to this non-profit from both my personal funds and through my business, TOPS Learning Systems, because I so believe in its cause – bringing children and young adults together across all cultures to foster international understanding, green living and world peace. The only way for our next generation to really understand each other is to EXPERIENCE each other through opinion, art, poetry, and stories. Skipping Stones is like a mini foreign exchange program where students meet face-to-face within the pages of the magazine. Arun, the editor of Skipping Stones has been doing real good in the world with very limited resources. Contributing to Skipping Stones is an excellent way to guarantee that your generosity will really count for something. --Ron Marson
I have been working with this nonprofit ever since the beginning... back in 1988. The organization provides the best multicultural forum anywhere for children and youth. It is ecologically aware and a caring group. Lots of students volunteer for the organization. I have had chance to work with them as well as other community members.