In this post, we talk to Lydia, an instructor in Louisiana, about why she makes a yearly donation of $100 to the Community Foundation of Southwest Louisiana (SWLA).
The Cause: The Community Foundation of SWLA
The Donation: $100 (yearly)
What inspired you to make a donation to the Community Foundation of SWLA?
I began donating to the Community Foundation of SWLA in May of 2021. It was after Hurricane Laura, and I wanted to give to an organization that directly supports our community.
I also have a friend who works at the foundation who I respect a lot. When I began researching the foundation, I really appreciated viewing the documents on their website that they make available to the public.
Were you familiar with the organization before donating?
I was vaguely aware of the organization but didn’t understand the entire scope of what they do.
How did you decide on the amount you donated?
I chose to give $100/year because it fits in my budget while also allowing me to donate to other causes as needs arise.
When you make a donation, what do you expect to happen next? Why?
I expect to receive an email when my contribution is received. I expect updates of what the foundation is doing, and I get those at least quarterly. It makes me feel confident that my contribution is being used by an effective organization.
How did the nonprofit acknowledge the donation? How did you feel about that acknowledgement?
For example, if the receipt confirmation email arrived immediately, you might have felt confident that you gave to an organization that operates efficiently. If you received a welcome email series telling you more about the nonprofit, you might have grown more attached to the cause.
I received an email immediately after my contribution was received. I also received a note in the mail from the CEO. It was a classy touch that I appreciated.
Do you intend to donate to the nonprofit again in the future?
Yes, I will continue to contribute.
What would inspire you to make another donation to the nonprofit? What would inspire you to increase your donation amount?
My giving habits are limited to my budget; if that changed I would love to contribute more money.
Is there anything you’d like to add that would help the nonprofit better understand why you donated or that would make you feel more valued?
I really appreciate how involved in our community this foundation is. They are constantly receiving feedback from the community, and I think that is important.