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Gratitude: 1in6 Thursdays on the Joyful Heart Foundation Blog

The 1in6 board meets four times annually, twice telephonically and twice in person in Los Angeles.  The last meeting of the year is historically a two-day meeting in December where among other decisions the annual budget for the upcoming year is approved.  The budget covers all of our program areas and our administrative and overhead costs.  Each year we strive to stay within accepted guidelines where our administrative and overhead costs don’t exceed industry standards for good stewardship of the support that we’ve been entrusted with.

“One way we accomplish our goal of good stewardship is through the generous support of pro-bono and low-bono providers.”

One way we accomplish our goal of good stewardship is through the generous support of pro-bono and low-bono providers.  A key example of the positive impact of pro-bono services is our long-standing partnership with our attorneys at Paul Hastings (San Diego office).

Since our founding in 2007 our attorneys have negotiated everything from the protection of our intellectual property to contractual negotiations with outside providers and so much more.  In fact, last year alone, the value of pro-bono services from our attorneys exceed $60,000. Quite a gift!

This past week, I met with our attorneys for two and a half hours as we are again depending on their expertise and guidance as we embark on another exciting project.  I was reminded as I sat across the table from Todd Schneider and Laura McGurty that their deep care and commitment to 1in6 and the men we serve makes our work possible.  In fact, makes the rich quality of our work possible.

I’ll have more to share about this new and exciting project over the next many months but wanted to extend an offer to everyone reading this blog post that the opportunity to support the work of 1in6 extends far beyond the writing of a check.  While we rely on the generous support of our financial backers we could not do our work without the generous support of all of our pro-bono donors.

That said, if you have a skill or talent that you think might be of benefit to 1in6, I’d love to hear from you.  Not every skill set and talent or gift matches our needs but those that do are welcomed…those that do make our work possible.

In gratitude to our host of pro-bono donors.

Warm regards,

Steve LePore

Founder, Executive Director

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