My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Michael Sadler Foundation, Grand Rapids, MI, USA
I volunteered to help this foundation with an event and developed such respect for what they do and how they do it that I volunteered for two more after that. Now I'm on board to help with all local events.
The Michael Sadler Foundation has existed for about 18 months, and it's growing quickly. Its mission is to create and support awards that celebrate academic excellence, athletic achievement, character strength and leadership in student athletes.
They sponsor several fundraising events to raise money to endow annual scholarships (one is awarded at Forest Hills Northern High School , for example), and they sponsor a football Specialist Camp for aspiring kickers and punters who hope to play in college. They also sponsor a Battle of the Hills volleyball tournament.
What I really like about this organization is that every award or program they sponsor focuses on the importance of strong character. Even at the Specialist Camp they had football players who had played with Mike at MSU talking about specific things he did that showed strong character. At least 25% of each program is devoted specifically to empowering the kids with ways to demonstrate character. They give kids intangible tools to become better people, while also teaching them tangible skills that relate to a sport or academics.
Having seen the good this non-profit is doing, I highly recommend supporting it. They need funding to grow and reach more people with their amazing work.