April ’22 Newsletter

Black History Month is our biggest fundraising month and you all DELIVERED again.  Huge thanks to Michelle Johnston Holthaus for the matching program again this year.  We raised just under $14,000 total, and with your corporate matching and MJ’s matching we will be right around $44,000 for the month.  I can’t yet see all the donation details so expect an individual thank you notes once I get the detail from Benevity.

Thank you to the Sacramento Kings and their corporate sponsor Ankr for making it possible to co-fund a scholarship for Marcellus Carpenter from Grant High School here in Sacramento.  The scholarship was awarded on the Kings HBCU night on February 24th.  The picture here was taken just after I informed Marcellus that he had won the $20,000 scholarship.  I think you get a feel for just how much our scholarships mean to these students. Marcellus and Rick

Now we move on to select five more scholarship winners from over 100 applications received. I have selected an incredible group of 18 semi-finalists and their stories are incredible. The adversity that they have faced and the transparency in which they share their experiences are humbling. We will be announcing those winners later in April or early May.


I’m excited to announce that Ike Harris has agreed to join Trajectory Foundation’s Board of Directors. Ike is the Corporate VP of Supply Ike HarrisChain Operations at ZT Systems and is an independent board director at Lumentum Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: LITE) Ike has extensive experience as a senior leader in the high-tech industry, including VP roles at HP and Cisco before joining ZT. Ike has a passion for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and will be a perfect fit on our board as Trajectory Foundation continues to grow its impact. Ike attended Loyola of Chicago for his undergraduate studies and went on to get his Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Ike grew up on the south side of Chicago where he met his wife Dana and together they have three adult children. WELCOME IKE!