‘Tis the season of giving! An expression that becomes customary as acts of giving become commonplace around this time of year. As we walk down the street and see toy donation stands being constructed or hear that charming bell ringing for the Salvation Army, the holiday season is the time when charitable giving is at its prime. Each donation that we give is cherished in our hearts, as we believe our act of kindness will go towards the greater good, advance a cause, or even put a smile on someone’s face.
When I first came to Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS), I was eager to learn about development and its significance to our organization. I soon gained valuable insight into the importance of charitable giving from foundations and from members like you, and how they help support CGS in attaining its mission and values.
But receiving donations does not come as easily as one might think. During my internship, researching prospective foundations for charitable giving was critical to fueling our movement. After I located prospective foundations that represented our ideas and beliefs, I wrote letters of inquiry (LOIs) that explained the link between our organization and that foundation and why they should consider us as a potential beneficiary. These LOIs enable our organization to receive funds, which allow us to push our mission forward.
While foundations help support our causes, members like you are essential for keeping CGS afloat. Every donation that you made has helped us further the interests that you truly value. Without you, our Women’s Rights Treaty and Law of the Sea campaigns would not be possible. While your donations to CGS help promote those causes, they also continue to support our informational and advocacy campaigns.
In the end, I learned how your donations are essential to attaining CGS’s mission. We truly appreciate the foundations, donors, and members like you that have donated to us because without you, we could not work to represent the ideas and beliefs that you envision. Although this is the season of giving, always remember that year-round donations are appreciated and help organizations like CGS continue their mission.