How I Spent My Summer Vacation; Or, Do You Believe in Magic?

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation; Or, Do You Believe in Magic?

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Nonprofit board service can be more than fiduciary responsibilities and fundraising. There can also be magic. See http://bit.ly/doZkQ
Friday, September 4, 2009 - 4:00pm

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Being a nonprofit board member doesn't have to be limited to fiduciary oversight and fundraising. James Hagy, a board member of Family Focus, added something a bit, say...magical! Family Focus is a Chicago nonprofit that provides innovative, community-based programs to help parents, grandparents, and foster and adoptive parents, gain confidence and competence as the primary educators of their children. 

For the past two months, Hagy and his wife, Sage, drove 2,500 miles to teach magic to 100 boys and girls at Family Focus centers throughout the Chicago area.

You see, Hagy and his wife worked with Family Focus's executive director Kevin Limbeck and his team to create a new "Magic Camp."  By the end of the summer, each participating student had a broad variety of tricks, organized in their own, personal magic suitcase that the student constructed and decorated in a different creative way.  Tricks were selected and adapted for each student, based on age level. At the end of the season, each center presented an invitational event, at which students performed for parents and guests. Afterwards, students took their magic kits home to perform for friends and perhaps continue their interest in magic (along with specially prepared instructions for their continued development and learning).

"Magic played what in retrospect was a very important part in my own development," Hagy explained.

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Keywords: Family Focus | Magic | Nonprofit Boards | Service | Volunteering

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