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Big Thought Names Amanda Rainey as New Chief Advancement Officer

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Big Thought, one of Dallas’ most respected education nonprofits, announced it has named Amanda Rainey as the organization’s new chief advancement officer. Rainey, who began her new position September 10, will oversee all Big Thought fundraising efforts, as well as its communication and advocacy strategies.

“Amanda is a game changer for our work,” said Byron Sanders, Big Thought President and CEO. “Her vast experience in fundraising for education and youth development organizations makes it clear to us that she truly gets our mission.”

Rainey joins Big Thought after serving as Vice President of Fund Development for Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, where she lead the organization’s first ever capital campaign. Her expertise in relationship building, cultivation and stewardship comes after more than 10 years leading fundraising and marketing efforts for higher education. She previously served as the Vice President of Advancement at Parker University, the Vice President of Advancement at the University of Dallas and Executive Director of Development at Saint Louis University.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Big Thought team,” said Rainey. “There has never been a more important time to empower our youth to become creative leaders in designing their futures.”

This announcement comes as Big Thought prepares to mark its 30th year working to improve education in the Dallas area. Big Thought works with local and national partners to develop in-school and out-of-school-time programming for students in Dallas neighborhoods with the greatest need.

“What’s most exciting about having Amanda join our team is that she not only understands where we’ve been, but also where our new vision is taking us,” said Sanders. “There isn’t a leader more equipped to help us build the relationships and resources we need to close the opportunity gap.”

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2018 Adelante Awards

By Christian Morales, Youth Development Correspondent

The spanish word ‘adelante’ means ahead, as in exceeding expectations and being above average. Which is exactly what the Latino Center for Leadership Development (LCLD) strives to do for the community. Through the organization’s constant efforts and determination, the LCLD has been making exponential progress in creating a truly inclusive legal profession.

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The Trauma of Bullying

By Christian Morales, Youth Development Correspondent

Everyone in some shape or form has been involved in bullying. Whether you witnessed it, were a victim or even were a bully. Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. I’ve seen first hand what physical issues can come from bullying, most from the amount of stress a person has. Headaches, muscle pains and contractions, digestive upset, and altered immune functionality are real effects that a person can experience through being bullied.

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What does Black History Month mean to you?

By Christian Morales, Youth Development Correspondent

February: the month of love, pride, and history. This time of year is special for a lot of reasons, not just because of Black History Month itself, but for the nationwide sense of acceptance and equality amongst the people that inspired the month-long celebration.

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Big Thought Board Names Byron Sanders as New President & CEO of Dallas-Based Education Non-Profit

Far-Reaching National Search Selects One of Dallas’ Own

DALLAS – January 8, 2018 – One of Dallas’ most respected education nonprofits, Big Thought, today announced that Byron Sanders has been named the next President and CEO of the organization.

Sanders joins Big Thought after serving as Vice President and Institutional Client Advisor for U.S. Trust where he advised nonprofit institutions on investment management strategy. He previously served as Executive Director of the Dallas Education Foundation and in 2011, helped lead Group Excellence, an educational services company, which was named the 5th fastest growing education company in the country and featured on the prestigious Inc. 500 list.

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Meet Chris: Youth Development Correspondent

We are excited to introduce a new series on the Big Thought blog from the perspective of an alumnus from our youth development programs. Chris has been participating in Creative Solutions for several years, helped create a new online platform for youth voice called We the Person, served as an AmeriCorps intern during the summer, and was part of the inaugural Artivism performing arts show this past year. Stay tuned for more of his articles in the future, and get to know him better in this first post…

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