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February 29, 2016
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Turning Down a Big Grant — and Loving the Result

Laura McKenzie

Among the sweeping changes that Communities in Schools put in place: It no longer accepts restricted grants, and its affiliates must now follow its standards for hiring and training program coordinators, such as Cindy Torres, in Texas, who work to keep kids from dropping out of school.

A  half-million dollars was on the table, a one-year corporate grant that likely would be renewed many times over. Yet when the donor balked at covering overhead costs, Communities in Schools did what it once might have considered unthinkable: It...

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