Tuesday, March 22, 2016 6:40 PM

What does “I Give” really mean?

Most people hear "donor" and think organ donor. While those types of donors are critical and very important – we here at Community Medical Foundation work with donors who save lives with their donations and contributions. So what does that really mean?

As a southern girl from Georgia who has lived in Fresno for the last 20 years, I have had lots of practice explaining certain things to people.  For example, I only say “y’all” if I’m talking to two or more people and “you” if it’s one person.  Good, you got it. Now, on to why I’m here to tell ya’ll exactly how your hard earned dollars go to work here at Foundation. As the database manager, I record all of the donated funds coming in and going out.

So when someone decides to donate to Community, their contribution goes into a “Foundation Fund” specific to their request – whether they choose to benefit Terry’s House, NICU, Burn, Trauma, Neuroscience, or simply wherever the need is greatest, the list is endless!

One of the things I love most about my job is how I personally get to release these donated funds to fulfill their purpose and then Foundation reports back to the donor how much they helped in providing those means. So cool!

Just today I processed several requests to pay for nursing education and training, outreach programs and even ventilators for the 10-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) coming soon to Community Regional. So even though our donors aren’t the ones directly giving life, they provide philanthropic support that pays for other necessary items that would otherwise be unavailable.

We are so grateful to receive such support and good-will from our outside donors and our employee donors, y’all are so vital to our mission in providing the best possible care. Thank you! When you decide to become a Community donor, think of all the good you are doing!

A charitable donation is tax-deductible by-the-way, but that’s another blog…..

Written by Susanna Shaffer
Foundation Database Manager

Learn more how YOU can become a donor by calling 559.459.2670 or visit http://communitymedical.org/foundation.