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Citizens for Global Solutions: The Importance of your Gift

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‘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.

A Time for Reflection

The olde English proverb goes something like, “All good things must come to an end.” Such is the state of my rapidly expiring tenure at CGS as a government relations research associate. It’s been a heck of a couple months, and I’ll take the experiences I had here with me forever in my professional career. Here are some of my honest reflections.

When I first showed up, I really hadn’t a clue about the inner workings of a non-profit and the space they operate in -- the abyss between the governmental and civil society spheres. To drive home the point of my alienation, it took a few weeks to get used to the layout of the office (it’s a pretty big house). But I like to think I showed up having zero expectations and an open mind, which I always try to keep with me. In this regard I always wanted to be a soft-spoken and humble sponge that showed up at the right times and took in all the right information, learning as much as possible. Just like any new work place, there was a learning curve.

Something I always try to do is observe the standard operating procedures of a workplace, both formal and informal. It took some explaining (my attention span often gets the better of me at times), but now I can confidently say that I understand the ways in which CGS operates, and, most importantly, how it communicates its messages to the masses.

I’ve had previous work with government at the state level in the great commonwealth of Pennsylvania, so working through government institutions was not something foreign to me. Approaching government from the non-profit angle, however, was refreshing. It was fantastic to work with a political action committee that had a relatable and sincere platform: to support candidates who champion a responsible role for the US in the international realm to solve global problems effectively.

Global Solutions Delivers Messages of Hope and Love for Syrian Activists

Our valentine + messages to Syrian activists - delievered on February 15th, 2012

Last week, staff gathered around a table in our office and discussed the sad accounts of Syrian activists feeling disillusioned and abandoned after Russia and China vetoed a UN Resolution aimed at stopping the conflict.

We knew we had to do something for the Syrian activists, but what?

The international community was moving at a snail’s pace, so our political advocacy options were unclear. But we did know one thing – even if mostly symbolic, it was important to let the Syrian people standing up for their freedom know that U.S. citizens haven’t forgotten about them.

Our Valentine sits on the fence in front of the Syrian EmbassyWe sent Syria a Valentine.

After all, Valentine’s Day has come to be regarded as a day that celebrates all kinds of love and friendship. If cards are given to teachers, parents, children, siblings, friends and sweethearts, why not Syrian activists?

Would our community understand the gesture and participate? YES!!

 

"My heart goes out to the brave people of Syria. We will find a way to help you in spite of Russia and China. The power of the people is more powerful than the people in power." ~ Linda from Fullerton, CA

You and your friends and family connected the dots, just as John from South Portland, Maine noted when he wrote his message to Syrian activists,