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Review for The Samfund, Boston, MA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have had the honor and pleasure of being involved with the SAMFund for the past five years and have seen this wonderful and unique organization grow from a seed to a flower to a garden and beyond. As a member of the Grants and Scholarships Committee, I can attest to the thoughtful, caring nature of the SAMFund and its volunteers as well as the effectiveness of the help that the SAMFund provides. The SAMFund answers a truly unique need for young adult survivors of cancer. Because of the SAMFund's holistic vision and understanding of what helps a young adult survivor get back on his or her feet, the assistance that the SAMFund awards provides not only financial and stress relief but also helps recipients move beyond those well-known worries, helping them pursue and achieve goals and dreams that had to be put on hold –- whether those dreams are to start or finish college, pursue training in a specific field or interest, receive assistance with costly fertility treatments, or to join a gym or attend a yoga retreat or “simply” for a plane ticket to attend a convention for cancer survivors. Many of our recipients have told the SAMFund that they would not have been able to achieve their goals and dreams and move beyond their cancer experience had it not been for the help of the SAMFund. What a fantastic gift to be able to give! Of course, every member of the Grants and Scholarships Committee would like to fund every single request that comes in to the SAMFund and hopes that someday that dream will be a reality, but until then there are always difficult decisions to be made. I have been a part of many very difficult discussions and decisions and can assure that the volunteers of this special organization are so thoughtful and thorough, caring and sensitive in their decision making process. Every decision that is made to fund a request is made in such a way as to insure that the we are providing the most effective and greatest amount of assistance possible. The SAMFund is an extraordinary organization and one that I hope to be a part of for years to come.

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

the responses from grant recipients who tell us they could not have pursued their goals without help from the SAMFund; an increased ability to fund more and more grant and scholarship requests with each year; an increasing awareness of the organization.

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

continue in the direction in which the SAMFund is going and continue to honor the mission of the SAMFund just as Sam and her team is doing!!

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

working with the amazing volunteers on the grant and scholarship committee who are so thoughtful, caring and generous and who work so hard to make sure we are helping as many people as possible and in the most effective ways.

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

Wonderful, thoughtful, caring, fun, dedicated!

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

fund many more requests and help so many more young adult cancer survivors move forward and pursue their goals and dreams as well as continue to increase awareness about this unique and wonderful organization!

Ways to make it better...

had that "10 million bucks" that last question referred to and never had to make the difficult decision to not fund a deserving request! :)

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

the economic climate and the overall increase in giving that most (all?) non-profits are experiencing coupled with the on-going needs of applicants.

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

Thank you for letting me be a part of such an extraordinary organization! I hope that those who read about SAMFund on this site are moved to find out more and perhaps help out in some way.

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Role:  Volunteer & Member of the Grants and Scholarships Committee.