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What Altruism Means to Me: a Reflection of a Boston Alumnus

The following is an excerpt of an email written by Summer Search Boston alumnus Francisco Rodriguez after a meeting with Summer Search staff, Ines Ariceta and Seth James Ellis. Lightly edited and shared with permission.


Ines and Seth,

I always relish those opportunities in which I can reconnect with Summer Search. You mentioned to me that Summer Search recruits its alumni (for staff roles) differently than it would other people. You said that the approach is one that must be different because to alumni, Summer Search feels like a family business. Continue reading What Altruism Means to Me: a Reflection of a Boston Alumnus

Ivan Lopez: An Artist’s Inspiration

If you walk into our Summer Search office in Oakland, one thing you’ll see, along with our mentors and students buzzing around, is a large, colorful mural that adorns the wall of our glass-enclosed conference room.

Not only a beautiful addition to our office space, this work of art has significant meaning behind it — it was conceived of and painted specifically for Summer Search by Bay Area alumnus, and local artist, Ivan Lopez. Continue reading Ivan Lopez: An Artist’s Inspiration

Brackets For Good

FINAL UPDATE (3/24/17): Unfortunately, Summer Search’s winning streak in Brackets For Good ended today. We fell to Urban Teachers in the Engaged Eight round at the very last second with a score of 12,372 to 12,261.

Thank you to AT&T for sponsoring such an exciting tournament, and to everyone who contributed during our Cinderella run. Thanks to you, we made it so much farther than we expected and raised more than $32,000 for Summer Search!


We’re going to the Big Dance! Philanthropy’s big dance, that is.

Brackets for Good is an online fundraising tournament where 64 national nonprofits compete for donations. The winning organization will receive a grand prize of a $100,000 grant courtesy of AT&T, the tournament’s presenting sponsor. #BFGUSA #BFG17

And Summer Search made the field of 64! Here’s how you can support us in this competitive giving contest. Continue reading Brackets For Good

#ICYMI: Bao-Tram’s Beautiful Narrative

#ICYMI, over the last few weeks, we’ve been spreading some holiday cheer by sharing the faces and stories of Summer Searchers whose lives have been forever changed by their hard work in our program.

We kicked off our end-of-year giving campaign on #GivingTuesday with this inspiring photo and quote from first-generation college graduate and Summer Search Seattle alumna extraordinaire, Bao-Tram Do. Continue reading #ICYMI: Bao-Tram’s Beautiful Narrative

Are You Ready for #GivingTuesday?

It’s that time of year!

In between all of the family gatherings and shopping madness of the holiday season lies #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and generosity.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many organizations focus on holiday and end-of-year giving. Just last year, more than 700,000 people participated in #GivingTuesday to raise $116M worldwide! Continue reading Are You Ready for #GivingTuesday?

Behind the Camera, Giving Back

This is a guest post written by Summer Search alumnus Edgar Garcia, who recently produced the video below for our National Alumni Matching Gift Challenge. Edgar is a freelance video producer. More information about his work can be found on his website.


My name is Edgar Garcia. I am a 2006 Summer Search alumnus and I produced the video you just watched. It will be distributed throughout the National Alumni Network to promote this unique opportunity for Summer Search. Not only did I get to work on this video, but I’ve also had the pleasure of being involved in many other great projects for Summer Search. Continue reading Behind the Camera, Giving Back

Cicely’s Journey

2015 has not only been our 25th anniversary year, but it also has been a record-breaking year for alumni giving. In fact, alumni philanthropy has skyrocketed more than 75% in the last year. Nearly 200 alumni have collectively contributed more than $123,000, exceeding six figures for the first time ever.

One alumna, Cicely Li from San Francisco, shared her own Summer Search journey and why supporting the journeys of more students can make all the difference:
Continue reading Cicely’s Journey