People often ask me if it’s hard that so much of my job is focused on fundraising (aka, asking people for money). I’ve always been able to very easily and quickly answer that question with a genuine, truthful “no.”
Why? Because I know how important our United Way support is. I know how much need there is in our communities from children, individuals and families. I know how hard our local nonprofits work to stretch every penny and do everything they can to help in any way possible.
And I know that most people want to be able to take care of themselves and their families. I know that, contrary to some popular beliefs, most people do not want a “hand out.” What they want, and what they are often ashamed to ask for, is some help – temporary help to get out of a tough situation.
I am proud to lead this organization. I am proud to be a part of generous communities that help take care of one another and understand that helping build up ANYONE is a benefit to EVERYONE. I am proud that so many individuals, workplaces and organizations trust our United Way with their donations.
So no, it’s never hard to ask people to support our mission. Because I know the impact created from our fundraising efforts for every nonprofit organization, program & service we’re lucky enough to call a partner. And I know the impact on the clients in our community who are served.
So from the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you to everyone who donates to a cause they care about. Thank you to everyone who volunteers with a local organization. Thank you to everyone who takes the time to learn more about the reality of those in poverty and those who are struggling in our communities.
The more we can understand, support and connect with one another, the stronger we’ll all be.
United Way executive director