The Power and Joy of Giving
When was the last time you derived as much joy from a gift received as from a gift given?
During this special season, many donors are thinking about their year-end philanthropic giving. Here’s what three Association donors have to say:
“In reality, most people with CFS have limited resources and feel like they can’t afford to give,” says Alison Ligon of Clinton, Louisiana. “Let’s face it, if everybody felt that way, nothing would get done. My own gift is very small because I’m too ill to work, and I know a lot of other people are in the same boat. However, I frame my own decision to give because it represents hope for the future—for me personally, and for every other person with CFS.
“I don’t have words to express my condition to my family. I don’t have ways to make the medical community understand. I don’t have the stamina to go to Washington to lobby Congress. But with my gift to the CFIDS Association, suddenly I do have words, I am taking action. I am providing hope!”
Leone Mauszycki of Winona, Minnesota shares, “I feel that helping others is a way of expressing our own values. Giving (to the CFIDS Association) benefits our own well-being, as well as those who follow us. It’s an important way to share a part of ourselves for the future.”
“I give to the CFIDS Association because it represents us better than any other organization does,” says Joyce Moncelle-Kaye of Bloomington, Illinois. A regular donor for several years, recently she was able to make a larger one-time gift. “Especially when you eat, breathe and live CFS every day, it makes you feel so empowered to be able to do something good for our greater community.”
The CFIDS Association of America is the world’s leading charitable organization dedicated to conquering chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Since its founding in 1987 the Association has depended heavily on the financial support of individual donors like Alison, Leone and Joyce to serve the CFS community. In fact, in a typical year, excluding government grants for specific projects, gifts from individuals account for 83% of our unrestricted income.
This holiday season, experience the power of giving. Please consider a gift to the CFIDS Association to help sustain our work in CFS patient support, policy advocacy, provider education, public awareness and research. Your gift is fully deductible. But best of all, you can help transform lives and experience the joy of giving at the same time! Click here to make your gift.
Your donations enable the CFIDS Association to fund CFS research, fight for better health policy, educate medical professionals and help families and individuals dealing with this debilitating illness.
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