We Like It Here

Decatur, We Like It Here. For as long as I can remember, that has been the official motto of my hometown: Decatur, IL. Although the slogan has been associated with various community development efforts for decades, it has also been the source of no small amount of (tragic) comedy: in 2007, even The Colbert Report got in on the action through its Better Know a District series. Nonetheless, I am happy to report that, thanks to the work of countless people working in and out of the public eye, Decatur has dramatically and quantifiably improved.

Recently, Decatur’s slogan has taken on additional meaning for me and for Johego. Exactly one month ago today, Johego held its first-ever in-person fundraiser, at The Decatur Club in Decatur, IL. The response from the community was inspiring: despite a hailstorm that flooded nearby streets, we were able to raise nearly $37,000 in pledged and matched donations!

Photo: Johego Fundraiser in Decatur, IL (April 21, 2016)
Photo: Johego Fundraiser in Decatur, IL (April 21, 2016)

It’s hard to overstate how much Decatur’s generosity has meant to Johego: these funds will not only directly support our efforts to improve community development through technology, but they will also make it easier for us to secure large-scale grants from like-minded charitable foundations. When the right connections are made, things truly grow better together than they do separately.

In closing, I am delighted announce another opportunity to help Johego bring our community development efforts to scale: during the fundraiser, one generous sponsor offered to match up to $25,000 in donations made to Johego! Currently, we are approximately $3,500 away from maximizing this opportunity. Thus, if you are able, we ask that you consider making a donation of $25 or more today, in order to double your impact:


Whether or not you are able to donate, we appreciate your interest in our success. Thank you so much for your support!

– Michael

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