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Partners in Philanthropy 2018 Year In Review
Partners in Philanthropy – This Years’ Greatest Lessons
Last year we launched the Partners in Philanthropy Program. Our purpose was to learn more about our advisors’ philanthropic efforts and to help spread the word about the charities they support. Over 15 advisors signed up to participate and we interviewed an advisor each month for the Partners in Philanthropy Charity Spotlight. What we learned has opened our eyes further about charitable inspiration, the issues impacting our local communities and communities around the world, and the capacity each of us has within ourselves to help change the world.
Our advisors’ stories are moving in ways we had not anticipated. We are committed to sharing these stories so others can learn and be inspired to give in their own unique way too. Here’s a recap of what the Partners in Philanthropy Program taught us this year.
- When you care enough about a charity, you return.
“What Marta and I have found is that when you care enough about a charity to go back, that’s when your purpose is realized. Many give, which is great, but if you don’t care enough to return, your giving will only go so far. When you return is when you show them you really love and care.”
- More children will die this year from suicide than cancer.
“When cancer happens people talk about it, they rally around the family, treatment resources are accessible, and the support is there. When we become aware of a child with mental illness, we question the parenting and then don’t let our kids play together anymore.”
- Mentorship can change the trajectory of an at-risk teen’s life.
“The teenage years are vulnerable ones, but also filled with immense opportunity. One of the things that strikes me about the Summer Search students and alums is their immense gratitude for the experiences and mentoring they’ve received. Although they are young, maybe in college or newly graduated, they are committed to giving back. They want to inspire others to make pivotal choices that will lead to a happy, fulfilling and prosperous life. I completely relate to their feelings, and their enthusiasm energizes me.”
- Meals on Wheels delivers close to 15,000 meals a year throughout Pierce County and much more.
“My task was to deliver meals, but I was delivering much more. In many cases, I would be the only one to visit and talk with the people on my route each week. They wanted to talk with me and share their stories.”
- The Canby Dahlia Run has raised over $120,000 for local area children’s charities.
“We look for charities who serve to protect children. An example is Sparks of Hope. They have purchased several German Shepherds who are trained as therapy dogs to accompany children who have been sexually abused and have to face their abusers in court. This is how our annual run is benefiting children.”
- Third grade has been recognized by educators as the point when children shift from learning to read, to reading to learn.
“Children in Cloquet are from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and the resources available to them differ. I wanted to create a program that would make a personal connection with each and every child at two points in their early learning years to encourage them to continue to read and learn. Since the Literacy Program of Cloquet launched, we have distributed 7,500 books.”
- Since 2010, eighty-three rural hospitals have closed across the country with new ones opening only in urban areas.
“When it comes to our local hospital and family of clinics it takes a community of volunteers, strategic thinkers, and givers to keep them strong and our towns healthy. In the end, we are the fuel that enables them to thrive.”
- The Shriners Fraternity has made helping children with severe and traumatic injuries their mission leading to their effort being dubbed “The World’s Greatest Philanthropy.”
“Shriners are very aware of children in need. If I see a child with a serious injury, I’ll approach their parents and ask if they need something that they aren’t getting. Most of the time they are being treated, but if they aren’t I want them to know about Shriners Hospitals and that there’s help, even if they can’t afford treatment.”
We are inspired by all of our advisors’ philanthropic efforts and look forward to bringing you continued insight into the issues impacting our world and inspiration to help make positive change happen!
The charities listed are separate and unaffiliated with LPL Financial.