When visionaries collide…
With mutual friend Dale Halton as the catalyst, Marty McCarthy and Jennifer Nichols found they had much in common. Marty, Dale, and Jennifer never realized their extensive backgrounds in philanthropy, education, and fundraising would collide to create Aspire Carolinas Foundation.
Marty McCarthy had served as Rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church when he experienced the call to begin opening schools in the Carolina region based on the Classical Christian model. One of these schools, Epiphany School of Charlotte, serves students with Asperger’s specifically. Jennifer Nichols had many years working in both education and non-profit fundraising, with a specific focus and passion for helping challenged learners. Dale Halton is a well-known philanthropist who has supported education in the Charlotte region for decades.
What if they could partner to help children with learning differences and Asperger’s all across the Charlotte region gain access to small schools in their local community? They knew there was a huge need, and there are children currently struggling in their local public and private schools unable to attain success.
By partnering with existing special needs schools looking to expand into new areas, and with local communities already organizing to create schools, a vision to create a non-profit to support the opening and expansion of these schools was born. Slowly an idea took shape and Dale, Marty, and Jennifer felt they had been pulled together for a reason. The perfect team, with a wealth of experience to achieve the number one goal of Aspire Carolinas: to give every child the ability to succeed, had been created.
One driver of success will be the curated selection of staff and board members. Combining their many talents, the staff and board has years of experience and expertise in starting new schools, working with key stakeholders, donor management, advancement, non-profit fundraising, business acumen, zoning, government, entrepreneurship, communications, marketing, administration, and special education. Above all, we have a drive and a passion to help students with learning differences. We have an established, seasoned team that is the best of the best!