Kevin Quigley writes to put me in my place!

[My friend Kevin Quigley, President and CEO of the NPCA, emailed me late today to tell me I was all wrong about the blog I posted over the weekend that drew attention to his organization.. You might remember how I wrote that their offices were moving to a higher space because they were running out of money and couldn’t afford stay on the lower floor. Not true says Kevin. I also said that they wouldn’t take a stand against the Peace Corps because the NPCA depended on the agency to support them. Not true says Kevin.

I asked Kevin to please place his comments on the site, but he couldn’t because, as I said, he was moving to a higher floor and his computer was packed, but he email me anyway to say I could post his comments. And here is what Kevin had to say to correct my mistakes. He calls me Sean Padraic, by the way, because we are both Irish and he once studied in Dublin.]

Sean Padraic–
Your facts and assertions in your blog today are way off.
Our new offices have the same space, roughly 1500 sq ft.
We moved because our lease was up and the landlord wouldn’t renew since the building’s largest tenant covet our space.
Based on your comments, readers would think we are dependent on them.
Wrong.
In my years here, PC has never provided more than 10 percent of our funding.
This year, their support for some joint events will be 4 percent of our budget.

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  • John, Kevin is 100% right. As for financial support from the Peace Corps, the amount of money provided to NPCA is no more than a token gesture and hardly influences the relationship btween the two organizations.

  • I don’t understand why we need to be attacking or disparaging NPCA or anyone else associated with the Peace Corps. It still stands today, after 50 mostly successful years, as a beacon of hope for this and future generations. Leave the bickering in Washington to the partisans in Congress. We don’t need what appears to be nothing more than a family squabble, a little turf war within the household. In other words, peace!

  • Tom, you have a good point. I have my quarrels with the way NPCA operates, but in the general scheme of things, they are miniscule. That renewal notice I’ve had kicking around for months will get dealt with today with a check and a stamp.

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