Archive for June 2015

Find Your Passion…Get Involved…

As many of you know, I fund raise year round for multiple organizations that Deb and I believe best support & best align with our own ideals in providing support and assistance to the cancer community.  We believe the cancer battle is too important to sit idly by waiting for the next  “big event”  to occur while individuals and families are devastated by this disease 24/7/365.

Deb and I still believe this is a fight worth fighting and that each person’s cancer story is worthy  of telling , hearing, sharing, and supporting.  Many of these stories touch us all differently. I often get asked “Why don’t you just pick one ?”…. Each organization provides differently to the cancer community based on their mission and their target audience.  Regardless,  we also believe that collectively every organization whether working in partnership with others or independently touches even more of the cancer community and that is indeed a good thing.

The cancer community is huge and it needs more organizations but MORE importantly the right kind of organizations and even more critical the right individuals to carry their individual mission forward.  This includes not only the organization’s leadership and staff but also those individuals who participate in those organizations events or who volunteer their time and energy in support of.

Over the course of the last year I have met some of the most passionate cancer program/services providers that I have had the honor to meet.  Not only is their individual passion and dedication to the cancer fight addictive , collectively they are changing lives of those impacted by cancer in the process and they are doing it every day.

I have stated this before and I continue to restate, I will continue to find a cause I believe in, I will continue to throw all my energy and passionate into doing something good for OTHERS and at the end of the day , I will NOT feel guilty about doing it.

Please consider finding a cause you believe in and find an organization that you believe in that best reflects your own passion for it.  Get involved…..

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Non Profits…Donors Please Do your Homework…

Greetings everyone and thank you for checking in….

June is currently underway and so is the Great Cycle Challenge to help raise awareness and funds for the Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) .  There has been a lot of discussion in the news recently regarding 4 cancer organizations that were identified as fraudulent by the Federal Trade Commission.  I wish to assure everyone that all research with regards to the CCRF indicate they are legitimate and in no way associated with any of the 4 identified by the FTC.  While some of the four identified have similar names none are associated with the CCRF or vice versa. 

I would strongly encourage your own research on any  nonprofit / charitable organization you wish to support financially by visiting any number of available on line “Independent” evaluating sites such as CharityNavigator.org. In addition, you may find some reviews of nonprofit organizations by visiting Great Non Profits.

Whatever your cause to support is, either through your financial contribution or through other methods such as volunteer work, participation in events etc…, please do some preliminary research to help ensure those organizations are what you are comfortable giving to. You should not hesitate to pick up the phone and call the organization directly in order to get a personnel connection should you have any further questions or concerns.  Phone calls to nonprofits and chartable organizations you believe in can be in many cases extremely educational, eye opening and in some ways therapeutic.  Non profit organizations are extremely dependent on your involvement and they should be willing to freely discuss their organization and if they are NOT, look elsewhere.

 Thanks everyone for checking in and I will provide more updates as the Great Cycle Challenge continues..

 

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-Steve

 

 

 

 

 

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