If you give a person a fish, you feed him for a day. If you help her learn to fish, you feed her for a lifetime, and her family also. If you enable him to become a fisheries manager, the whole community benefits. And if she acquires the capability to make original contributions to the sustainability of protein sources, future generations benefit.

           – Jim MacGinnitie, Former Chairman of the Reach for Excellence Board of Directors

Jim and Barbara MacGinnitie have been passionate supporters of Reach for Excellence for more than a decade. Their involvement has deepened through the years, and Jim has served as chairman of the Reach for Excellence Board of Directors for more than five years.

The Reach for Excellence mission aligns with Jim and Barbara’s personal values, including “a well-rounded education and the duty to give back to the community that has made one’s success possible.”

Jim and Barbara are inspired by the program’s far-reaching positive effects and emphasis on service. “We have continued (to support Reach) because we think it is making a real difference in the lives of the students, increasing their chances for success and accomplishment for the rest of their own lives, and giving them the prospect of having a very positive impact on the lives of others,” said Jim. “And Reach emphasizes the duty to give back, as witnessed by the many graduates who return to volunteer.”

When asked what he and Barbara wanted other potential donors to know about Reach for Excellence, Jim replied, “we wish every one of them understood the great impact the program has on students’ lives, the very high success rate, and the amazingly low cost of the program.”