I’ve been working in the non-profit and fundraising arena for 31 years. One thing that I have realized over all these many years is how people really underestimate the power of a small donation. People often associate only large donations as those that have an impact for an organization. Now obviously large gifts and donations are important to every non-profit – but as equally important are the small, ongoing donations. Those gifts of $10, $25, $50 can have a significant impact on an organization and often make up most of the gifts received. This is certainly true at the Center for Women and Families. We depend on not only small cash gifts but also in-kind gifts such as food, gift cards, backpacks, school supplies, towels, blankets, disposable diapers – the list is extensive (and can be found at our website at www.thecenteronline.org).
Great communities have long been measured by the gifts of time, talent and resources offered by some for the benefit of many. At the Center for Women and Families, we are blessed to have the support of so many generous people in the Kentuckiana community. This generosity comes in many forms — from substantial corporate and individual philanthropy to the quiet volunteering and ongoing donations made by individuals of all kinds. Our donors truly make a difference in the work we do and as a result we continue to offer all of our services for free to the Louisville and Southern Indiana communities.
As Henry David Thoreau said, “One is not born into the world to do everything but to do something.” For all those who continue to do something for the Center – we thank you – as you are certainly making a difference, one dollar at a time.
Written by Jeanine Triplett, Vice-President of Development and Communications at The Center for Women and Families