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Dr. Randal Pinkett
November 2014

Elevate your game

Dear Friends:

We continue our focus on "awareness months," or months during which causes are championed and events celebrated. In this issue, we celebrate Nonprofit Awareness Month and recognize the many charitable organizations that enrich lives and make a difference in their communities. As a dedicated supporter of the nonprofit community, Nonprofit Awareness Month is especially important to me.

Nonprofits serve key roles in our society, with one of the most important being improving quality of life. In the past, people have depended on government programs to care for the many needs of senior citizens, disabled veterans, and undernourished children, to name a few. While federal, state and local governments are cutting budgets and dismantling government programs, a significant number of unmet needs persists. For example, a family breadwinner who becomes unemployed and no longer meets qualifications for federal subsidies due to downsizing of government programs will look to nonprofit organizations for help in feeding his or her family. Uninsured individuals needing extensive medical treatments turn to nonprofit organizations for financial and emotional support. However, the role of nonprofits does not stop there as they also play a significant role in the economy. The Urban Institute reported in November 2012 that while unemployment in the business and government sectors of employment was dropping, employment in the nonprofit sector grew by 4 percent. Wages increased by 6.5 percent from 2007 to 2010, and the sector employed 9 percent of the country’s labor force in 2010.

Beyond the numbers are the people, the givers who support nonprofits with their time, talent, treasure and touch. They are society’s unsung heroes, working to address the challenges in our communities. It has been said that while we often think of philanthropy as simply giving money, the real story of philanthropy is about giving of yourself.  In that spirit, I have maintained an active involvement in community service, supporting several nonprofit organizations including the National Society of Black Engineers, National Black MBA Association, Autism Speaks, New Jersey Reads, Junior Achievement of New York, the New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute, the National Visionary Leadership Project, the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network, and as a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

With the Thanksgiving season upon us, I challenge you to take the opportunity to give of your time, talent, treasure and touch to one of the many nonprofits that needs your support. Visit GuideStar for a comprehensive list of charities and nonprofits and to learn how you can become involved.

“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
~Winston Churchill

Peace and blessings,



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New Jersey Reads: Changing Lives Through Literacy

As many of you know, I have maintained an active involvement in community service, supporting several nonprofits, including New Jersey Reads, an organization whose mission is to ensure that every child and adult in New Jersey is able to read, write and understand English well enough to fulfill his or her personal goals. New Jersey Reads seeks to improve the literacy skills of children and adults in New Jersey by furthering awareness of, increasing funding to, and encouraging innovation and best practices of area literacy providers. A few years ago, I participated in a public service announcement as part of the organization's "Change a Life Through Literacy" campaign. I invite you to view the PSA right here.

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Randal delivering the keynote at Toyota's Opportunity Exchange   Dr. Randal Pinkett and George Kilpatrick, "New Inspiration for the Nation" at the "Beyond the Dream" gala   Aric Perminter, Jeffrey Robinson, Randal Pinkett, Dallas Grundy and Lawrence Hibbert



New Jersey Public Policy Research Institute (NJPPRI): Empowering the Community through Public Policy Research 

Founded in 1977 by a group of African-American professionals, NJPPRI reviews and evaluates public policies that lead to positive outcomes and improved conditions in the African-American community. Since its inception, NJPPRI has established a solid record in analyzing positions on education, housing, tax reform, and a number of other issues. The organization has become a trusted source to community members and organizations seeking to gain a better understanding of policy topics. Through “The State of Black New Jersey Annual Reports”, lectures, convenings, and issue papers, NJPPRI has sought to help the community to effectively exercise their franchise and hold public officials accountable for their service.  Over the years, NJPPRI has included many notable African-Americans including my fellow board members and business partners, Dr. Jeffrey Robinson, Dallas Grundy and Lawrence Hibbert, Dr. Henry Coleman, SanDonna Jones, Dr. Lennox Small, Gwendolyn Harris, Jerome Harris, Vivian Sanks King, Freida Phillips, Richard Roper, Oliver Quinn and Dudley Benoit. Today, NJPPRI remains committed to its mission of promoting discussion and influencing public policies that impact the lives of people of color in New Jersey.


Black Faces in White Places
Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness offers ten revolutionary strategies for learning, playing, and changing "the game"--that is, the world in which we all live and work--for the current generation, while undertaking a wholesale redefinition of the rules for those who will follow. It is not only about shattering the old "glass ceiling," but also about reconsidering the four dimensions of the black experience: identity, society, meritocracy, and opportunity. Ultimately, it may be about changing the very concept of success itself.

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No-Money Down CEO
No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash explodes the myth that you have to have a lot of money or need an outside investor to pursue your dream. This action-learning, audio business course offers a comprehensive step-by-step plan for launching your business with little to no cash. Listen as Randal offers insider's tips, tools and techniques that will put you on the fast track to becoming a successful CEO.

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Campus CEO
Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneurs Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business walks any would-be entrepreneur through all the necessary steps to launching a profitable, campus-based business, while simultaneously achieving academic success. Regardless of major, background, or area of interest, readers of Campus CEO will learn how to turn their academic and professional dreams into reality.

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Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, writer, scholar and community servant. He is the Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar management, technology and policy-consulting firm based in Newark, NJ. A sought after public speaker and advocate for numerous corporate, youth and community groups, Dr. Pinkett is the author of Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur's Guide To Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business and No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash. Notably, Dr. Pinkett made history as the first African-American ever to receive a Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University and firmly believes in the mantra "for those to whom much is given, much is expected."

The "Elevate Your Game" monthly e-Newsletter is published by Dr. Randal Pinkett. Copyright (c) 2012 Randal Pinkett, LLC. All rights reserved. For further information, visit us at www.randalpinkett.com. For speaking engagements and appearances inquiries, please contact Mrs. Michon Barnes at 678.637.5064 or mbarnes@bctpartners.com.

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