What people are saying about Bernard Daly’s Promise

“At once historic and timely, local and universal, Bernard Daly’s Promise provides a novel lens to understand the complex set of forces that shape the American Dream.”

Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman professor of economics and director of Opportunity Insights, Harvard

“Bernard Daly’s Promise reveals the power of education to transform lives and society.”

Sue Cunningham, president and CEO, Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Bernard Daly’s Promise is both a page-turner and a work of scholarly importance. A great read!” 

Stanley Katz, professor of Public Policy and International Affairs, Princeton

“Professor Stern tells a uniquely Oregon story about how one man’s philanthropy can lift up individuals and communities for a century – and counting.” 

Sonia Worcel, chief community impact officer, Oregon Community Foundation

“A compelling story of philanthropy, opportunity, access to education and personal journeys.” 

Larry Landis, author of A School for the People and former director of Special Collections and Archives, Oregon State University

“Sam Stern’s book is inspirational!” 

Anne C. Kubisch, president and CEO, the Ford Family Foundation

“In Bernard Daly’s Promise Sam Stern uncovers a marvelous 100 year-long natural experiment in the benefits of community-based higher education scholarships.”

Michael Ettlinger, director, Carsey School of Public Policy, University of New Hampshire

“Bernard Daly’s remarkable foresight and commitment to make “a college promise for all” has — to this day — enabled thousands of college graduates to succeed in the workforce and in the rest of their lives. Profiled in this extraordinary book, Daly gave us an inspiring legacy that can now be brought to scale for millions more students in every community throughout our nation.”

Martha Kanter, CEO, College Promise; U.S. undersecretary of education (2009-2013)
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