“Sam Beard is one of the ripples of hope that Bobby believed were the power of people to advance justice and peace.”
Widow of U.S Senator Robert F Kennedy
"Many people guide the present: the exceptional create the future. With his energy and enthusiasm, Sam is exceptional."
Archbishop Desmond Tutua
“Sam Beard is a friendly hurricane. He is a strong force for good who aspires to be a major global player"
Co-Chair, One Billion Acts Of Peace
“Given his impressive accomplishments, Sam Beard can easily command the spotlight. But, Sam consciously does something else. He assumes the role of a flashlight, shining a light on other people so we as a society can better ourselves.”
Working with Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, NDC worked with mayors in 100 cities and governors in 30 states, trained 100,000 economic development professionals and created 1,000 local development corporations. With NDC’s encouragement, President Jimmy Carter enacted one of America’s largest federal-private loan programs. The first 55 years generated more than $400 billion for small business job creation.
In the 1970’s in Baltimore, NDC pioneered a breakthrough $89.5 financial system to show banks how to partner with government programs and flow capital into low-income communities. Do GOOD and Do WELL. Stop redlining. As NDC worked in the 100 cities and 30 states with the Presidents Carter and Reagan, this breakthrough financial system was required to be included in the president’s program. Imagine the impact. After 55 years and climbing, these systems remain self-sustaining.
In 1968, all the banks in New York City together did not lend $1 million to Black and Hispanic owned businesses. In 1968 Blacks and Hispanics owned less than 1 1,000 th of 1% of America’s business assets.
The NDC and a handful of dedicated pioneers, worked with Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford to begin to transform minority-owned business in America.
1971: President Nixon messages the NDC, “Congratulations to NDC for achieving the largest transfer of economic resources into minority- owned economic institutions in the history of America.”
1973-1974: NDC worked with Avon Products to become the first Fortune 500 company to purchase over $100 million per year from minority-owned businesses.
1978 to 1989: NDC Worked with Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, in 100 cities (mayors) and 30 states (governors) and generated tens of millions of dollars in loans for all sizes of job-creating businesses. 15% to 18% of these loans went to minority-owned businesses. After 55 years and climbing, these systems remain self-sustaining.
The idea was to have media companies like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, HEARST, and GANNETT to partner with the Jefferson Awards to inspire their viewers and readers to multiply volunteer service in local communities.
“Neighbors Helping Neighbors” began in 1977 and by 1986 the Jefferson Awards had more than 100 media partners reaching more than 100 million Americans every year.
From 1986 to the present. these systems are still in place and remain self- sustaining. This has impacted more than 50 million lives.
(The Jefferson Awards were recently renamed. Multiplying Good.)
In 1989, the Jefferson Awards set out to copy the President’s Physical Fitness Awards that impacts 6 to 7 million lives a year to exercise, and have Presidents use their power to encourage youth service.
From 1991 through 2003, Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and then George W. Bush ran The President’s Youth Service Awards implementing the Jefferson Awards’ idea.
In 1997 four Presidents met in Philadelphia to multiply service, and included a Jefferson Awards’ provision to get two million young people to volunteer 100 hours each annually. With Jefferson Awards encouragement, by Executive Order, President George W. Bush in 2003 created the President’s Volunteer Service Awards. These awards now promote service by all ages. With four presidents the Jefferson Awards have impacted more than 50 million lives.
Sam in the Oval Office with President George W. Bush
The President's Commission on Social Security Reform.
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