Bottom Line needs your help, and I need your help too. I’ve run three companies, I’ve run M&A deals, I’ve run complex financial transactions…but I have never run. And I have certainly never run the Boston Marathon. It isn't going to be easy for me - and it isn't easy for the kids whom Bottom Line helps.
Bottom Line’s mission is to raise funds “to help low-income and first generation students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life”. Helping disadvantaged students get to college is my passion – so much so, that when Bottom Line invited me to join their squad, I knew I had to do it. I am not a runner and have no idea whether I can run 26.2 miles, but I am all the way in if it means helping these students. After all, I only have to complete a 5-6 hour journey, while the students we seek to help are overcoming a lifetime of disadvantage.
The situation for these students is painful. Less than 50% of low-income students go to college out of high school and only 8% earn a college degree by age 24 – versus 73% for students from the top income quartile. The economic toll is high and the social costs even higher: the lifetime earnings gap between those with a high school diploma and those with a college degree is almost $1 million. Disadvantaged students need help and guidance at every step of the way: getting in, choosing the right courses, staying in college despite the many obstacles, graduating, and finding a good job. By receiving Bottom Line’s 1-on-1 support, a student’s chances of graduating within 6 years increase by 43%.
I have worked with many disadvantaged students and it is clear how much mentoring they need – many of them do not even view college as a possibility. Bottom Line is helping change that – this year, they will provide personalized support to over 3,000 high school and college students. Please help us increase that number by donating to the cause.
Your support will help me as I labor up Heartbreak Hill. My journey will be slow, and it will hurt, but if I know that you are behind me then I will get there – and with your support, so will Bottom Line’s students.
Thank you for supporting this wonderful organization.