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Max Skolnik
Max is a dedicated youth and non-profit advocate with nearly two decades of leadership experience in the field. After graduating from George Washington University with a Master’s Degree in Latin American Studies, Max founded Kid Power, Inc. in 2002. In his 10-years as the Executive Director, Kid Power operated high-quality academic, nutritional, and service-learning programs for thousands of young people throughout the District of Columbia. Currently, Max is the DC Director for the Taproot Foundation, a national organization leading, mobilizing and engaging professionals in pro bono service to drive social change. Max resides in Petworth DC with his wife Erica and their son Julian.

Entries by Max Skolnik

A Pro Bono Week Reaffirmation

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 11:18 AM


A few years ago, I observed my first ScopeAthon event. On a dreary fall day, in a cramped room deep within the headquarters of a Fortune 500 company, I sat down with dozens of overwhelmed nonprofits and eager corporate employees. My first thought...

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The Power of Pro Bono

(0) Comments | Posted October 14, 2013 | 3:34 PM

As we approach Pro Bono Week, it is critical that we address the big social sector questions. How do we build capacity? How do we ensure quality and impact? How do we become sustainable? The last one is particularly troublesome given the explosive demand for services, inconsistent management...

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Trayvon and the Fighting 54th

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 3:13 PM

A hundred and fifty years ago, with dusk settling over Fort Wagner, 600 blue-coated infantrymen of the 54th Massachusetts charged over the Carolina dunes in the face of withering cannon and small arms fire. As they crawled up to the parapet and fought in bloody hand-to-hand combat, their brothers were...

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Superman's Not Coming

(2) Comments | Posted March 15, 2012 | 2:13 PM

We do a lot of waiting for supermen. We pray for saviors to swoop in and solve our nation's problems. Meanwhile, the difficult slog is done by unsung parents and teachers, tireless entrepreneurs and fired-up occupiers, community activists and hundreds of thousands of non-profiteers on the front lines.


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The Big Distraction

(0) Comments | Posted December 20, 2011 | 3:23 PM

We are a city adrift. Our mayor is paralyzed. Our Council is divided between the corrupt and the complicit. Our media has trouble keeping up with the parade of scandals. Meanwhile, corporate money pours into the political system...

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Grandma's Hands: Real Ethics Reform in DC

(0) Comments | Posted November 3, 2011 | 6:07 PM

Grandma's hands clapped in church on Sunday morning. It's a line from an old Bill Withers song, and it always reminded me of Grandma Maggie. She had the roughest hands, burned from cooking, calloused from working the hospital night shift, worn from raising her kids and then her grandkids. But,...

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A Promise to Bobby

(2) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 5:15 PM

Last week, DC Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson revealed some startling statistics about our youngest citizens. We learned that 10% of current eighth graders have attempted suicide. You can feel the despair behind that number. That is a hopelessness that cries out for more than just narrow "school...

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