I am committed to more than just serving my clients; I strive to serve others in the world by helping those who share my passions and values. While I'm often donating to causes that touch my heart on a local level, these two notable organizations have a global presence and I feel strongly about supporting them in particular by donating both time and money to their efforts:
The Creative Education Foundation (CEF) is a nonprofit organization with an incredible mission to "develop the next generation of creative thinkers and innovators, unlocking their unlimited potential to improve the world." They have a grand goal: to teach all adults and children how to use Creative Problem Solving (CPS) to develop new ideas, solve problems, and implement solutions. I not only donate to CEF each year to help them fund scholarships, work study programs and to allow them to continue to bring creativity tools to schools and other organizations around the world, I volunteer my time and skills each year by teaching CORE workshops at CPSI, CEF's annual conference on creativity, innovation and leading change and by serving on various committees for the organization.
This one is even more personal for me and warrants a full disclosure: I'm a two-time breast cancer survivor and my mother is a ovarian cancer survivor. When I was diagnosed for the first time in 2003, one of my earliest phone calls for "HELP!" was to the American Cancer Society (1 (800) 227-2345). I've been a survivor speaker at many ACS events. I've captained teams for their annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walks. I've chaperoned my children's Relay for Life teams (they're pretty passionate, too). And yes, I donate each year to the ACS at countless events and online. In the last 60 years The Society has funded the research and training of so many health professionals, devoting more than $4.3 billion to cancer research and funded 47 Nobel Prize winners to date.
"Among the groundbreaking research that the Society has funded over the past 50 years are Pap smears and mammography for the early detection of cancer, the discovery of conclusive evidence for the link between cigarette smoking and lung cancer, demonstration of the efficacy of breast-conserving surgery for breast cancer, and development of a cure for childhood leukemia."