VOL. 132 | NO. 128 | Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Peer Power Hires Dennis Ring As Development Director
By Kate Simone
Dennis Ring has joined the Peer Power Foundation as director of development. In his new role, he is responsible for spearheading and cultivating development and donor relations efforts for the 12-year-old organization, which serves more than 1,000 students using a peer-to-peer tutoring method.
Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Experience: I earned a business degree at North Carolina State University before entering the Army. I then went back to school to become a high school Spanish teacher. After many years in the classroom, I moved into a development director role in schools from Lewisville, North Carolina, to Mobile, Alabama. I realized, at that point, that I could use my skill sets to help students in a different way.
What talent do you wish you had? I wish I could sing well!
Who has had the greatest influence on you and why? My parents have influenced me immensely. They taught me that being kind, faithful and compassionate are essential to happiness. They also modeled a tireless work ethic. They connected with people and worked to maintain those relationships.
What attracted you to the Peer Power Foundation? Peer Power’s model is unique, and it works. I am passionate about seeing students grow and succeed, and this program not only helps the most vulnerable, it also empowers and grows high-achieving students. It builds community within schools and supports teachers.
What are your goals as development director? I want to know and understand the community and see the Peer Power model grow and expand so that more students will realize academic achievement.
You spent 17 years as a teacher and coach before moving into development roles with schools, so you’ve seen the education landscape from two sides. How do you feel the community can make the most impact on student success? By improving students’ academic success, we change their lifelong trajectories. The impact on the individual students is profound, but it is multiplied within the community. As we raise the level of performance, we allow students to dream. We encourage students to set goals and achieve them. Naturally, this will positively impact our community in a myriad of ways.
From a development/fundraising standpoint, how can organizations better engage potential donors and volunteers? It is important to capture and tell the story of the organization, for a strong narrative is powerful. This is an incredibly philanthropic city; Memphis citizens have an intrinsic desire to help this community. From Peer Power’s perspective, we will develop strategies to engage donors and volunteers that encourage them to see the potential in the program and its students.
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My greatest accomplishment is being a good father and husband.
What do you most enjoy about your work? I enjoy meeting people and learning about their passions. I enjoy seeing students succeed and build confidence and self-esteem. The best part of this job is I get to do both!
If you could give one piece of advice to young people, what would it be? I would encourage students to work hard, ask for help when they need it, and be kind. I would then encourage them to give to others in whatever way they can.
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