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Amanda Kraus
Amanda Kraus is the founder and executive director of Row New York, a New York City based non-profit organization that provides competitive rowing and academic support for girls—empowering them to achieve excellence both on the water and off.

Amanda received a BA in English from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she was also captain of the women’s crew team. She went on to receive a master’s degree in education from Harvard University.

Entries by Amanda Kraus

Nine Ways to Sustain the Non-Profit ED

(0) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 4:23 PM


In the wonderful wake of being named a winner of the prestigious New York Community Trust Non-Profit Excellence Award presented by the Non-Profit Coordinating Committee, I have had the opportunity to reflect on the running of an organization. The...

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Leaving It on the Dock

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 4:04 PM

One of my favorite photos from Row New York was taken during an adaptive practice last fall. In the background you can see a rowing barge going by. It isn't clear if they are men or women, young, not so young. It's only clear that they're moving, oars...

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Thanks to Judy Goldberg, Women With Disabilities Are on the Water

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 3:35 PM

Judy Goldberg and I met during a United Way Fellowship program for Executive Directors in New York City in 2007. We sat together on the first day of the program (the group met monthly across 11 months) and chatted over sandwiches during lunch. We shared a love for sports and...

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Where Are You Sitting?

(8) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 10:28 PM

"Where are you sitting today at lunch? Do me a favor, stand up and move. Sit with someone you don't know, introduce yourself, eat your lunch!"

Coach Burns' voice bellowed across the crowded high school cafeteria. There wasn't anyone who didn't admire and respect Coach Burns. He was 6'4"...

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There Was a We in We (Part III)

(0) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 1:54 PM

"So you want to take girls who can't swim and put them in narrow boats on my lake, in my park?"

"Ummm, yes, but..."

"And who is going to pay for this?"

"I am, well, not me personally, I don't have any money. I'm going to get...

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There Was No We in We (Part II)

(1) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 7:58 AM

I had very little idea of what I wanted to do after I graduated from college. I enjoyed writing, was drawn to education, to rowing, and to working with young people. It was hard to imagine how these pieces could ever form a job. I moved to Boston and joined...

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There Was No We In We (Part 1)

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 12:38 PM

A lot of people ask me about starting a non-profit. They often inquire about the early days at Row New York What was it like? How did you get started? Was it fun? The answers: Hard. Slowly. And No.

The next question people generally ask is,...

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How a Rowing Boat Can Calm the Nerves

(0) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 9:02 PM

More than a few times, I have heard parents comment on how much calmer their children have become since they started rowing with Row New York. "She just comes home, does her homework, and goes to bed. She's just real focused and calm." This always made sense to me. Put...

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Leave the Kids Out of the Picture

(2) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 2:54 PM

Al Baker's January 12th New York Times article, "Gifted, Talented and Separated -- In One School, Students Are Divided by Gifted Label -- and Race" examines the sometimes controversial practice of having G&T programs (as they're commonly called) sit alongside general education classes -- and the strained dynamic...

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Money and Acceptance Are Not Enough

(30) Comments | Posted October 6, 2011 | 5:32 PM

Hard to believe, isn't it? How could a full scholarship to a prestigious college not ensure matriculation and graduation for our low income and minority students?

Also worth discussing is the shockingly low rate of college completion among these students due to lack of financial resources, but the focus...

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Why Girls Should Compete

(69) Comments | Posted September 13, 2011 | 11:08 AM

About six years ago, the Women's Sports Foundation put together a task force to take a close look at girls' sports programs in New York City. As the founder and executive director of Row New York (a rowing and academic program for girls) I was one of five people on...

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