This year, Giving Tuesday means more to me than in years past.
Winston Churchill said, “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” In light of the recent crisis all over the world, I feel like these words are more important than ever. With all of the global turbulence, I am also delighted to see an initiative like Giving Tuesday gaining so much attention. It is what the world needs right now, good for the sake of good.
Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. It is a day for us to donate, volunteer and spread the word of the causes we truly believe in. It can even be a day of just being kind to our fellow man, the world needs more of that too.
I thought I would share with you the causes I am supporting this Giving Tuesday
- National Parkinson Federation: Last year, my dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease. Since that time, Parkinson’s research has become my top priority. I have committed to a monthly donation, and am looking for ways to become involved with the cause. I would like to join in on some studies and research on Parkinson’s and heredity.
- Help mother of 5 beat stage IV cancer: My sorority sister Lexa was diagnosed with stage IV cancer this past year. Lexa, a mother of 5 beautiful children, has faced the challenge head on, and with more courage than I can imagine anyone has ever faced anything like this. She is even chronicling her journey with brutal honesty on her blog, Calling in Cancer.
- MIT Sloan Annual Fund: My full-time career is in Alumni Relations for MIT Sloan. While fundraising is not my main job function, I do oversee the class gift campaign. In doing so, I have grown to really believe in the MIT Sloan Annual Fund and the impact it has on the students who become the “principled, innovative leaders who improve the world“.
- Smile: This one is easy and something I wish we would all do every day. It doesn’t take a lot to smile and make eye contact with people as you walk by. You never know what is going on in other’s lives, or how bad or good their day is. Your smile and eye contact could be just the lift they needed in the middle of an otherwise bad day.