March 2017
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Executive Director Update

We are working to expand and strengthen our Board of Directors. Five new members joined the Board over the past year, deepening our leadership bench with varied talents, backgrounds, and interests. Our Board includes a CPA, two MBA’s, three attorneys, and two health care specialists. All are deeply committed to our mission to promote the independence of people with developmental disabilities. Two-thirds of our Board members have a child with special needs, including two with adult children who receive services from Greater Opportunities. 

We make sure that Board members receive thorough orientation and training in their roles and responsibilities, drawing on best practice materials developed internally and in consultation with outside experts. One of our partners, Heritage Bank of Commerce, recently sponsored two in-house training sessions on Board fundraising and governance, led by nonprofit consultant Ervie Smith. Ervie coached participants in how to be an Ambassador talking about Greater Opportunities to family, friends, and community; how to be an Advocate, acquainting people with our programs; and how to be an Asker, asking people to support Greater Opportunities with their dollars.

Our intention is to engage and grow our network of supporters through expanded Board member contacts, advocacy, and ambassadorship. Board fundraising for services helps our consumers live in the community with independence and dignity. And we welcome Board governance oversight and engagement to fulfill our mission in an efficient, effective, compassionate, and transparent manner so that we can achieve maximum results with limited resources.

Board recruitment efforts continue. We’re particularly interested in candidates who bring backgrounds in marketing, public relations, IT and human resources. Please contact Craig King if you or someone you know may be a good fit.
Meet Our Board
Craig C. King
Executive Director
Greater Opportunities
900 Lafayette Street, Suite 700
Santa Clara, CA 95050
408-248-4464 x23

Family and Individual Needs for Disability Supports (FINDS) Survey

We are inviting people to participate in the 2017 FINDS survey. The goal of the survey is to learn more about the experiences of parents and family members who provide support to a family member with an intellectual or developmental disability.
The deadline to complete this survey is March 30. 
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Giving Back to the Community

Our Day Program consumers love to give back to the community. Last year they provided over 3,300 hours of hands-on volunteer service at Resource Area for Teaching, Meals on Wheels, Cathedral of Faith Food Pantry, and the neighborhood cleanup program. Touching other peoples’ lives in such a positive and uplifting way is a source of great pride and personal fulfillment. And it’s fun to do volunteer work with your friends! ​
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Third Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

September 29, 2017 – Save the Date for our Third Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. This event is held at our beautiful Day Program facility and is a very fun opportunity to get to know Greater Opportunities while enjoying great food and camaraderie with fellow supporters.
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