Baldwin Promise receives donation

BALDWIN — Just last week, the Baldwin Promise Authority learned the Schultz Family Foundation sent a generous contribution of $10,000 to assist with capacity building for the program.  This family foundation was co-founded in 1996 by Sherie Kersch Schultz and her husband, Howard, Chairman and CEO of Starbucks.

“The Baldwin Promise Authority board and the students who will benefit from this generous gift, as well as the many other contributions we have received and will receive, thank the community for their overwhelming generosity and support,” said Ellen Kerans, Baldwin Promise Authority committee member.

In September, Starbucks introduced a new national initiative called “Upstanders,” to focus on examples of extraordinary things done by ordinary people to make a difference in lives around them.

To the amazement of the Baldwin Promise Authority Board, all the wonderful donors and supporters, and the students who have benefited from the Baldwin Promise for the past seven years (up to $5,000 a year for tuition and fees during four years at an accredited Michigan higher education institution), the Baldwin Promise was chosen as one of only ten “Upstanders” for the initial year.

The response has been amazing with words of encouragement and inquiries as to copying this initiative in other towns.

In addition, a BPA board member and a current Baldwin Promise student had an opportunity to go to New York and meet Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks. He identified with the Baldwin students, as he was the first in his family to attend and graduate from college, and is now an alum of Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula.

“Guided by a belief that an inequality of opportunity is stifling America’s potential, the Foundation invests in innovative programs and partnerships that unlock human potential, remove barriers to success and create new pathways to opportunity for important populations,” said Schultz.

Currently the Schultz Family Foundation supports two signature initiatives: Onward Youth and Onward Veterans, said Kerans.