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Adam M.

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THE SAMFund
July 9, 2009

I've had the great pleasure of seeing the SAMFund grow from an idea among friends, to a massive grant-giving organization affecting lives across the country. The applications we receive at the SAMFund are compelling, heart-wrenching, and almost always worthy of support. Choosing how and where we allot funds is an excruciatingly difficult process, but I have seen the staff and volunteers at SAMFund execute this task with grace, respect, and love for the applicants. It is a fantastic team that is creating new opportunities for young people battling the after-effects of their illnesses. I consider myself lucky to be involved with the SAMFund and can't wait to see how much they grow as time passes.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting grant recipients who have taken their lives in new and exciting directions as a result of the support they received.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

be quite humbled. I don't think I could do it better than those who run it currently. They should be very proud.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Finding those applicants with dire need who have nowhere else to turn. It reminds me of how significant the SAMFund really is. There is nothing else like it.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

responsible, caring, and sensitive. At the same time, I have complete confidence that it is run by an able, professional staff.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Fund even more of the applications it receives. No matter how much we can give out, it never seems to be enough.

Ways to make it better...

there were more funds available for grants. It is difficult to see the economic crisis leaving a trail of lower endowments when illness rates haven't changed at all.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Establishing an ongoing endowment of renewable funds, and providing consistent and adequate pay for their awe-inspiring staff. They do quite a lot with what they have, but I can only imagine how great it would be if they had more!

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope to be a part of SAMFund for decades to come. Though it is an emotional experience, it is quite important to me.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Grant Review Committee Member.