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National publication features Learning Link

Written December 5th, 2013 by
Categories: In The News

The Star, Wednesday, December 04, 2013

AUBURN — An article about Community Foundation DeKalb County is one of just 15 articles selected nationally for “Reimagining Education,” the latest education-focused issue of Morgan Stanley’s Perspectives in Philanthropy.

The article describes Learning Link, the foundation’s education initiative, and its early childhood team, whose goal is ensuring that increasing numbers of DeKalb County children enter kindergarten prepared for success in school. Its title is “Community Foundation DeKalb County: Adopting a Community Approach to Raise Educational Levels.”

Representatives of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management describe the organizations featured in the publication as “unlocking the transformational power of learning and expanding worldwide access to quality education.”

“Education has the power to dramatically change communities,” said Melanie Schnoll Begun, managing director and head of philanthropy management at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management.

“We think the foundation’s education initiative has the capacity to dramatically change our community through its long-term and grassroots approach,” said Wendy Oberlin, community foundation executive director. “This opportunity to appear in Morgan Stanley’s publication affirms the transformative nature of our work to improve the quality of life for all in DeKalb County.”

Learning Link provides a platform for community members to work together to raise the level of educational attainment at all ages.

“Learning Link is on the front lines of coordinating educational resources to ensure that kids come to school ready to learn and that adults have access to all they need to improve their skills and the outlook for their families,” said Jeff Burns, chair of the Learning Link Steering Committee.

To view the article, see pages 28-30 of Perspectives in Philanthropy, Vol. 11, “Reimagining Education” online at morgan

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