Appreciation, Gratitude, and Joy
The holidays are an emotional time of year for many people, and we are in that category. Everything just seems to be magnified. For us, that is a great thing because the feeling we have can be summed up in three simple words: appreciation, gratitude and joy. We can’t help but feel a deep sense of appreciation for everyone who makes this project possible including our donors, our sponsors, our media partners, our volunteers and our board members. We are grateful for the talents and treasures you provide. Your support to the program, and to the organizations in the catalog, bring joy to everyone involved.
This year’s catalog is as good as it gets. All of your favorite features and programs are back including the golden gifts section and the matching funds program. We are happy to announce that we have more than $135,000 available to match any contribution made to an organization in the catalog. In addition, we are proud to announce two new organizations that have joined the catalog: The Van Cliburn Foundation and Camp John Mark.
As we look back over the last six years, we can’t help but feel appreciation for the community’s efforts. The numbers are quite remarkable: 24 nonprofits featured in the catalog, 400 annual distribution partners, 2000 volunteer hours a year from our supporters, more than $135,000 dollars in matching funds for contributions made to organizations catalog, catalog circulation that tops 175,000 annually, and $5,000,000 in total charitable impact made by the entire Greatest Gift Catalog Ever program in just six brief holiday seasons.
All of these numbers are amazing, but the two numbers that are most important to us are the estimated 300,000 people in need in our community that were taken care of by the organizations in the catalog… and that the number of people it takes to make a difference is just 1.
We hope you have as much fun choosing an organization or program to support this year as we had creating the catalog. You are helping to change lives.
Heather and Elliot Goldman