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“No matter how intelligent a person may be, you will accomplish more if you have a sense of urgency about getting things done.”
– John Brightman, 1932 – 2017

 

City Academy recently lost one of our “Founding Fathers.” John Brightman led us to our early success. He was an original board member, generous supporter, and a fierce and fearless fundraiser, who always pushed for excellence.

John was also my little league baseball coach. It had been many years since I had seen him, when we ran into each other at a friend’s wedding in 1997. I told him that we were starting a school. John immediately exclaimed, “Great idea! I want to help you raise money.” What start-up nonprofit doesn’t wish for that?

Be careful what you wish for, I soon thought. We were still in the planning stage when John began scheduling solicitations, including with Emerson. “We’re not ready,” I balked. John laughed at my cautious approach and said, “Don’t worry. Your meeting isn’t until next week!” John knew we were ready. I just needed a push.

John’s lesson was that you will accomplish more if you have a sense of urgency about getting things done. John is greatly missed, but his legacy lives on at City Academy.

 Written by Don Danforth III | President & Co-Founder

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