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I don't know if Fools had a chance to check out what the Motley Fool is up to for this year's annual Foolanthropy campaign, but I'm excited about it and wanted to remind you all that every comment you make on this site between now and January 8, 2010 will add a dime to the Motley Fool's donation to this year's selected cause ... for an additional community-driven pledge of up to $20,000!!!

What I love about this year's selection is how personal it is. It's a specific commitment to make a difference at a specific school that is already succeeding in making a difference in the lives of young Americans in the Motley Fool's greater DC metro corner of the globe. The Foolanthropy campaigns have long been an example of 'think globally' since turning the foolanthropy focus to financial literacy in 2007, but with this year's focus the company is 'acting locally', and adding an exciting element of volunteerism to the campaign.

Volunteers from Fool headquarters will visit the Thurgood Marshall Academy in Washington DC throughout the year to hold workshops and presentations to improve the students' collective understanding of relevant financial topics from personal finance and household budgeting to the fiscal state of our nation. Thurgood Marshall Academy has thrown demographic trends out the window by graduating 5 consecutive classes of seniors with an incredible 100% college acceptance rate!! For the broader community outside this one school, the stats tell a different story: "Only one in three students finishes high school within five years, and of those who do, only one in 20 earns a college degree within five years of graduation."

If you support this initiative, then keep those fingers moving on your keyboard to make sure we max out that $20,000 community-driven portion of the campaign. If you are touched by the effort to impact one great school in a focused and personal way, consider making a tax-deductible donation to the school yourself. If you're inspired by this effort to go out and make a difference in your own community, then please reach out to your local schools or through related volunteer organizations like Jump$tart, Junior Achievement, NCEE, or Operation Hope. Every Fool of every level of expertise has received a crash course in financial literacy of a special kind through processing the remarkable events of the past couple of years, and it's time to pay it forward to the generation that will be handed the debt from this whole debacle.

Thank you for contributing a dime with your comment to this post and every other comment you make through January 8, and for contributing to the broader cause in any way you are able.




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