2Of all the not-for-profit organizations I have had the privilege to serve, Heartspring has been nearest to my heart, because my mother was a dedicated special education teacher who worked for nonprofit organizations for much of her life. As a preschooler, I remember tagging along with Mom during capital campaigns for her school. After reaching her 90’s, when Alzheimer’s would play tricks on her brain, Mom often thought I was one of her pupils. For me that was high compliment, because she loved her students. Throughout her life, Mom reminded my brothers and me that philanthropy, or the generous donation of funds to promote the welfare of others, is not measured by dollar amount, but by the energy and life blood each donor generates.For those engaged in fundraising to support nonprofits, the global recession of 2007 - 2009 created stiff headwind. During recent debates on avoiding the Fiscal Cliff, there was talk about eliminating tax deductions for charitable giving, part of the IRS Code since 1917. Amidst these challenges, one of the advantages of being almost 80 years old is that Heartspring (formerly Institute of Logopedics) has learned to weather economic downturns and political winds. Our secret to success is simple: As our dedicated staff continues to provide evidence-based interventions, helping children grow and learn on a path to a more independent life, thus giving their parents and caregivers hope, we will continue to be a valuable resource to our local and global communities. Mom would be proud!My heartfelt thanks to Heartspring for allowing me to serve. I plan to stick around for the excitement. As the incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder continues to rise, Dr. Singleton and his team will continue to develop force multipliers, for which we will need your financial support.Jim WongHeartspring Board of Trustees Past Board ChairmanFirst Response Solutions, Inc.LETTER FROM THE BOARDHeartspring President Gary W. Singleton, Ph.D. (left) and Chief Financial Officer David Dorf (right) present Jim Wong with an award recognizing his service as Chairman of the Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2010. Jim has been a member of the board since 2003.<<2
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