Colorado Succeeds was founded on the premise that the business community has the obligation, opportunity and capacity to increase the college and workforce readiness of all students through an ambitious, aggressive and comprehensive reform agenda.
Each affiliate is a lean and independent organization. Left alone, an affiliate would most likely flounder: isolated, outmanned, and outmatched.
America Succeeds assists our affiliates identify a manageable set of policy priorities aligned to our core principles, including the development of systems to keep board members and other key stakeholders up to speed. Our team is on the ground in each state providing strategic counsel with affiliate staff on a monthly basis.
America Succeeds helps affiliates find their bearing and provides customized support on the topics most relevant to an affiliate at a given time.
Education Policy & Advocacy
Our affiliates have their heads down in their respective states, focused primarily on local issues and politics. On their own, they can miss the big picture of what’s happening nationally.
America Succeeds acts as the eyes and ears for our affiliates by identifying best practices and impactful solutions. Moreover, we capture what any of our affiliates do well and call it out for the rest of the network.
America Succeeds is building a network that makes everybody stronger, individually and collectively. For example, we published a groundbreaking report called “Pulling Back The Curtain” to help other states learn from Colorado’s example in pushing for leading-edge financial transparency policies.
Membership & Fundraising
Engaging the business community in improving schools is difficult work, with a long time horizon and enormous complexities.
America Succeeds creates the tools and structure to recruit, retain, and engage business leaders in the complex world of education. We make it easier for business leaders to participate by giving them credit as well as the opportunity to be seen in their community as doing the right thing for kids. All of this is embedded into our membership model.
America Succeeds is creating an authentic and sustainable business voice for education in each of our states. Our affiliates are immune to accusations of outsider influence because each affiliate is a homegrown entity with local business leaders and local ownership.