Today’s blog post is from Communities In Schools’ Director of Individual Giving, Tim Plant.
One of the most inspiring parts of my job is to learn what motivates our donors to give to Communities In Schools. From a small gift that was made online with the note “I was a CIS kid, it changed my life,” to a national partnership with a major company like Procter & Gamble, every investment makes a difference in the life of a child determined to stay in school.
Recently, I spoke with a long-time Communities In Schools’ donor, Dr. Quentin R. Regestein, from Boston, Mass. He explained to me why he has been a steadfast supporter for years. For him, it’s part of his world view: “We all belong to one human family and feel better when we help others feel better. So when we give, we get.”
Rooted in his medical background, Dr. Regestein also noted the change of basic human needs, dating all the way back to early humankind. It was a time when “food was so scarce that they had to conserve every possible calorie.” Today, ensuring proper nutrition and exercise are still just as critical, but managed in entirely different ways. A focus on these fundamentals is similar to the holistic approach taken by many Communities In Schools’ site coordinators, who ensure that students’ basic needs are met so they are prepared to learn.
Also, Dr. Regestein highlights a topic that has received particular notice in 2012 – charitable giving during the final weeks of the year. “Advertisers constantly say we’ll feel good if we buy more goodies for ourselves, but they rarely remind us how great we feel when we help someone else.” Echoing this sentiment, a national effort was made to change the conversation this year. For the first time, Black Friday and Cyber Monday were followed by Giving Tuesday in an effort to encourage giving to charities during the holiday season. It was a reminder to take a moment and give to the organizations close to our hearts.
Which is why, here at Communities In Schools, we are grateful for everyone who remembers our organization this holiday season. As Dr. Regestein said, “I feel good that Communities In Schools helps young people overcome threats they face. I help them because that way they win and I win.”
On behalf of Communities In Schools and the students we serve, our deepest, heartfelt thanks to Dr. Regestein and the thousands of others who believe in our work.