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Impact Newsletter Fall 2013/Winter 2014

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Fall/Winter 2 0 1 3 – 2 0 1 4 a l u m n i neWsletter Nonprofit-Public Partnership Brings Fun and Innovation to Raleigh Children by Ashley Brown '14 A large brick building at the corner of Hargett and Blount Streets in Raleigh is home to a medley of adventures for kids. It has been the location of Marbles Kids Museum since 2007. In this space, children are encouraged to use their "marbles" to develop new skills and interests through interactive exhibits. In one afternoon, children can become doctors, firefighters, and veterinarians in their own kid-sized community or design and construct their own buildings. More than 400,000 people visited Marbles last year. But what many visitors may not realize is that much of the fun they are having is due to a successful partnership between the nonprofit museum and Wake County government. "Wake County owns our building," says Emily Bruce '03, Marbles' director of development, "but if you could turn it upside down and shake it out, the insides belong to the museum. Because of our strong partnership with Wake County, we are able to focus our efforts on our mission, rather than the roof leaking." Former Wake County Manager David Cooke '82 sees the partnership as a significant asset to the community. "Partnerships in the public sector are important because we can accomplish more together than separately," says Cooke. He notes that Marbles is a good example of a successful nonprofit- public partnership. "The Marbles staff is achieving their mission, and they have garnered a great following and strong support in the community." Marbles and Wake County revisited their working relationship last year when the museum needed to make changes " I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. But I can't accept not trying." —Michael Jordan continued on page 3 H i g H l i g H t s 2 Director's Column 4 2013 Public Administration Conference Recap 7 A Conversation with Faculty Member Kim Nelson 8 True Carolina Blue: Micah Guindon 9 All-American City Award 10 Life Events 12 Save the Date Emily Bruce '03 is director of development for Marbles Kids Museum, a nonprofit organization that has partnered with Wake County to bring services to the community. P H o T o B y M I C H A E l Z I R K l E

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