Matching Gift Programs
Throughout the years, Ann’s compassionate nature has drawn her to many different projects at Union Gospel Mission, but few have resonated as deeply with her as partnering with UGM’s matching campaign to send kids from low-income families to camp.
“It may seem little to us, but for a child or teenager who has never been to camp, it can be life changing,” she says. Providing a life-changing week of new experiences and activities is one thing, but for Ann, what is more vital is encouraging growth. “A significant aspect of camp is that some teenagers are being taught how to become leaders and role models for the younger children,” she says. “Camp doesn’t just give them new skills—it gives them self confidence.”
Partnering with UGM as a supporting donor for a matching campaign meant that Ann’s passion for camp could inspire others to give, knowing that their gift would go twice as far. For her, providing such an incentive was essential. “I don’t mind doing something like this to get other people involved,” she shares with a laugh.
Big-hearted donors who support our matching campaigns act as an extended hand to others who are also passionate about transforming communities. Ann’s joyful commitment speaks to something that is vital for many members of our donor family. “I want to support children and parents so that their families can become healthier and happier,” she explains. “That would be amazing.”
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