who we are

   

Creating pathways to healthy lifestyles and personal success for tomorrow’s leaders.

We are an investment, advocacy, and consulting organization dedicated to building stronger communities and improving the future for children. Our main goal is to support mission-driven, high potential, founder-led organizations and individuals that create community-based solutions for youth.

We support individuals and organizations that improve access to resources for children, including adoption and foster care initiatives, with a special focus on the areas of sports, education and music.

Consulting for youth programs including music, arts and sports

Support for music, art and sports programs

School districts have had to dramatically reduce budgets for community and school based music, arts and sports programs, despite evidence showing increased academic achievement and improved overall health and well-being of children when participating in these activities. Art develops critical thinking and creativity, music supports math and language development, and sports reduce obesity and improve physical health, self discipline, peer relations and emotional wellness.

Access to these programs has become “pay for play” and too many families are left to pay privately, creating a hardship for many communities. The inequity of access to these resources reduces these children’s chances for success and ultimately impacts the future of many communities as well.

Universal access and opportunity is the key to our future

Ask Inside believes everyone should have equal opportunity for success. Through investment, advocacy and consulting for youth programs we are determined to fight inequity, because we believe that equality, not entitlement is the key to our future as a community and country. If you’re interested in talking with us about your organization, please get in touch.

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If you’re interested in learning more about Ask Inside, or how you might participate in its mission, please get in touch.

Join the movement

“Mike Thorne has served on the National Council for Adoption for 5 years. Over the years his corporate and organizational background has helped NCFA with strategic planning, branding, messaging, and budgeting. He is a brilliant and innovative thinker.” – Chuck Johnson, President and CEO, National Council for Adoption

Learn more

There is a large body of evidenced-based information demonstrating that strong sports, arts and music programs are critical to the growth of community and developing leadership skills in youth. For more information, please see these resources:

About the Founder

Michael Thorne

Founder

Mike was adopted as an infant, and was blessed to have a loving and permanent family. Mike’s interest in fighting for equity of access to resources is partially a result of his adoptive childhood. His discovery of his birth family later in life inspired an awareness of how access to opportunities is tied to childhood circumstances. That awareness created a commitment to ensuring that all kids, especially those in under-served communities, have access to the programs that will help them to be successful.

Mike is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience working with people and organizations to play a bigger game in life and business. He is a systems entrepreneur – an integrated approach to effecting positive change by getting everyone involved and focused on addressing an issue.

Throughout his successful business career, Mike has worked with entrepreneurs, private equity owners, and consumer package goods leaders in public and privately owned businesses. After beginning his career in sales and sales operations, He had the honor to be president of Russell Athletic Team Division as well as president of The Yankee Candle Company. He was recently recruited to steer Easton Baseball/Softball through bankruptcy, create a new vision and sell the business.

Mike is a graduate of the Executive Development Certificate Program at the Wharton School of Business and holds a BS in Economics from Assumption College. He is a board member of the National Council for Adoption, board advisor with The Base launch in Chicago (an academic institute, baseball and training academy) along with a business advisor for Stadia Ventures, an innovation hub for entrepreneurs.

Mike has been married to his best friend Maggie since 1990 and they have three adult daughters who all participated in sports, music and arts. A native New Englander, Mike is an enthusiastic Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins fan, as well as an active participant in Spartan Races and sprint/Olympic Triathlons.

“Mike Thorne is an extraordinary and premier advocate and leader for urban youth sports in the country. He exemplifies what’s needed to shift the paradigm for young people to participate in sports regardless of their race, zip code, socio-economic status, and gender. He’s the real deal.” – Robert Lewis, Jr., Founder and President, The Base