Why you should resolve to say “no” in 2015; how outreach workers connect homeless to health care — and save money for local hospitals; what to do about millennial alumni who are stingy with their donation dollars; and our top 10 most inspiring nonprofits of the year.
You know That Guy. He wears too much Axe body spray, he makes loud personal calls while you’re trying to work, he chews food with his mouth open. He’s a close-talker with his shirt open one button too far. He’s also really good at his job. If you’re a manager, what do you do with That Guy?
This year, I’m focusing on “no.” It’s a magical word rarely used when it comes to answering work emails on vacation, committing to stuff you swore you would avoid and attending events that drain productivity from your day. And for what? If you count the number of really valuable nonmandatory meetings, networking mixers and fundraisers you attended in 2014, how many would you come up with?
Regina Vasquez ended up homeless after her father passed away. Embarrassed by incontinence caused by Crohn’s disease, she found living out of her car a more dignified alternative to life in a public shelter. She worried constantly about her next visit to Sutter’s emergency department, and whether she would need yet another surgery. She estimates she made six to eight ER visits per year during her time on the streets.
Eight of 10 alumni under 35 say the main reason they haven’t donated to their alma maters is that they feel they’ve paid enough already in tuition. Over half said they “don’t think the school really needs the money.” Add that to the common belief that their money ends up in some institutional “black hole,” and the currently bleak donation landscape makes sense.
Each year Comstock’s annual guide to philanthropy, Capital Region Cares, highlights nonprofits serving our region’s most vital needs, from hunger and housing to performing arts and animal welfare. This year, with the help of inspirational media company Kamere, we asked our readers to share how their favorite nonprofits are making a difference.