People often ask me why someone should donate to REACH. There are many ways to answer this not-so-simple question, but the best one is this: I have amazing colleagues, who are experts in the field and truly make a difference in countless lives every day. In my twenty years of raising money for wonderful nonprofits in Greater Boston, I can honestly say that I have never worked with a more dedicated group of individuals.
At REACH, at all levels of the agency, the people I work with really are superb at what they do, they come to work because they want to make a difference and be part of societal change. These individuals are acknowledged as thought leaders. Every day people ask us to be panelists, sit on Boards, and participate in working groups, committees and governors’ councils. Our colleagues at sister agencies respect us as trusted collaborators, regularly asking us to lend technical assistance to them in their own work. This collaborative spirit extends to our relationships with our funders, some of whom tell us that they feel like they are partners in our work together.
And how do we do on fiscal management? We are very responsible and we take this very seriously. In my role, I am involved in the budgeting process and work closely with the Board (this would not necessarily be the case at all nonprofit agencies). We are a fiscally sound and stable organization and work very hard to be honest, transparent and raise and spend money as intended. Our Board members, both past and present, are individuals who are truly committed and involved, and just as passionate as our devoted staff.
There are many worthy causes in the Greater Boston area, some of which I support personally. But I also support REACH because I believe in what we do. We educate teens and youth about healthy relationships, we give community members tools to help reduce isolation, we stand with survivors when they need us most and we help empower individuals to make decisions for themselves.
Sometimes I hear people say that small gifts are just a drop in the bucket, and that modest donations might not really matter. When you make a donation to REACH your gift DOES matter. We put your dollars to good use immediately and every contribution, however big or small, can make a difference in someone’s quality of life.
As our fiscal year comes to a close on June 30th, I hope you will consider making a donation to REACH and join me in helping one more survivor and his or her family build a better life for themselves.