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Marketing Research Education Foundation (MREF) Welcomes Focus Forward as a Gold Sponsor

Saint Paul, MN – (November 30, 2020) – MREF is thrilled to announce that Focus Forward has become a gold level sponsor of the foundation with an $10,000 gift. Focus Forward has been involved with MREF for years, generously supporting The Joseph School, The 2020 Backpack Challenge and this year’s effort to combat food insecurity as a result of the pandemic.

Founder Kim Harrison reached out to MREF to increase the support her organization could provide for the upcoming year. “We’re so glad that MREF is bringing our industry together to do good work,” she said. “Our team is proud to support its mission to make a positive impact on children around the world.”

MREF Chairman of the Board, Steve Schlesinger, added, “Kim is an important voice in our industry and we welcome her generous support. There has been a lot of positive momentum this year for us, and we are so grateful to organizations like Focus Forward that make our work possible.”

In 2019-20 MREF raised more than $250,000. Those dollars provided thousands of meals via Feeding America and Food Banks of Canada; provided educational support for the class of 2029 at The Joseph School in Haiti, including their tuition, uniforms, transportation and two meals/day, supported job training, tutoring, professional development, GED training and job placement via Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, and provided backpacks full of essential school supplies to kids in Canada and the United States via Kids in Need Foundation and Kits for Kids.

We also welcomed two new diamond level sponsors, Delvinia and Pure Spectrum, and more than 30 other gold, silver, bronze and friend level sponsorships. The foundation welcomes organizations interested in supporting its mission to contact Andra Davidson, its executive director, for additional information.

About MREF MREF’s mission is to unify, inspire and activate the marketing research community to focus its collective resources to educate children and youth worldwide. With the collective contributions of more 100 organizations in the industry MREF has made a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of children and their families. Visit for more information.

About Focus Forward Focus Forward supports global field teams and researchers with nationwide US qualitative recruitment to virtual places and in person spaces, best in class transcripts and speech to text solutions, rapid incentive processing, proprietary online panel, survey programming and open end coding. Our experienced team is here to support growth and keep researchers focused on moving forward to insights.


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