In college, I enjoyed psychology and sociology, focusing on the challenges of the "challenged."
I was a fan of Mahatma Gandhi, especially, his quote “If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children” – and felt that helping children would fulfill my time on earth for the Lord.
As part of my curriculum, I tutored children in depressed areas and was taken back when I walked into their homes and saw and heard about their challenges.
Once entering the workforce, I was glad to help my boss when he asked me to push a child's wheelchair at a circus on the weekend for a children's foundation.
I was so touched talking to the child that I decided to focus on non-profits for children as I developed my career.
Over the years, while serving on-profit boards for children, I was drawn mostly to charities that had golf tournament fundraisers, as golf is a passion.
I was honored to have received the:
2007 KPMG CHAIRMAN's AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN VOLUNTEERISM
As a marketing professional, my role on non-profit boards was predominantly fundraising programs to retain existing and find new donors.
My top 3 experiences were:
I was a board member of the Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation in Clearwater, Florida, one of the designated international Points of Light. Our charter was to instill self-esteem in young people who were victims of abuse, had experienced minor brushes with the law, or had suffered other hardships.
was a board member of HANDY, which currently serves 50,000 children in Ft. Lauderdale and stands for "Helping Abused, Neglected, Disadvantaged Youth." At the time, I brought the kids out to teach them golf and play at Grande Oaks. They loved it because it is the golf club where they filmed the movie, Caddyshack.
I was a board member for LIFE Concepts, which stood for "Living in a Family Environment." We built and managed group homes. The project that I enjoyed most was fundraising for a large craft center that was built – so that each day buses could bring the physically and mentally challenged children from each group home to learn and have fun.
Another aspect of my work was training Executive Directors of non-profit organizations at the national NSFRE event – on how to implement successful fundraising programs. NSFRE was the National Society of Fundraising Executives, now the Association of Fundraising Professionals, AFP.
For a list of all the organizations that I have been involved with, please see my Linkedin.
Below are a select few images of my experiences.
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did in relishing my time with each organization.