Greetings API Friends and Supporters!

As we start the month of February, those of us in the Delaware Valley, where the Alice Paul Institute (API) is located, know we are in store for cold, dreary days and very often, sleet and snow.  Unless you are a skier, the prospects are bleak.  But we at API don’t let the winter weather forecasts deter us. We may be bundled up, but our work is just beginning to heat up.  We are setting our sights on the months ahead. Our board, volunteers and staff are energized as we collaborate to create exciting programs and services that honor the legacy of Alice Stokes Paul. We want to be sure to make the organization’s work of leadership development, civic engagement, and historic preservation a success. 

We begin by celebrating Black History Month. Continue reading to check out our upcoming Community Programs described below. They focus on historical perspectives faced by the black community. We’ll also be highlighting black individuals’ contributions, culture, and impact on America in our social media offerings.

We’re also getting fired up about the initiation of our Strategic Planning process. With generous support from the NJ Cultural Trust, we have engaged the services of Jennifer Shopshire of Shropshire Nonprofit Consulting LLC to facilitate the creation of our 2022-2025 Strategic Plan. Stay tuned…more details will be forthcoming.

Speaking of support, we would be remiss if we didn’t extend our deepest appreciation to all of you who contributed to our winter appeal that focused on our leadership development programs. In our appeal we referenced Alice’s famous quote, “I always feel the movement is sort of a mosaic. Each of us puts in one little stone, and then you get a great mosaic.” Your many contributions helped us create a mosaic of critical funds to further our mission to create gender equality. We are proud to report that we not only met but surpassed our $20,000 goal!  THANK YOU SO MUCH! 

And last, but not certainly least, we are embarking on a tremendous project to improve the infrastructure at our beloved Paulsdale. We are so fortunate to have received a grant from the National Park Service, matched by the NJ Historical Trust. With the infusion of those funds, we will be able to ensure that Paulsdale remains the vibrant reminder of Alice Paul and her remarkable life and achievements.

So, no, the winter doldrums cannot stop the tremendous progress being made at API.  I hope you’ll agree with me when I say that we are on fire!! 

Warmest Regards,

Linda Coppinger

Interim Executive Director