Built For Good
David Brooks, New York Times columnist, wrote the following in his column entitled The Power of Altruism (July 8, 2016), “Maybe it’s time to build institutions that harness people’s natural longing to do good.” Well, Mr. Brooks, we have an organization that exists for no other reason! Our vision of “Caring for all God’s Children’, our mission to serve and our watchword, In His Name, says it all.
Consider the good harnessed through our financial scholarships. 100% of your donation goes to the stated purpose. We raise all our administration costs in other ways. So whether it is for a secondary student in the Dominican Republic, a Master of Divinity student, a Native American, or someone studying for a health career, everything you give, they get for their tuition. The seeds of generosity you sowed last year, will bear the fruit of impact this year.
Consider the goodness brought by our programs and services held at our IOKDS houses and Chapel at the Chautauqua Institution.
Since 2007, 170 members of the clergy and their spouses have returned to their congregations filled with enthusiasm for all they have seen, heard and done.
This week of respite and recreation has proven its value to the participants and their congregations. We are on our way to making this program sustainable having reached about 60% of our endowment fund’s $50,000 target.
The Chautauqua scholars have been coming since 1920 and our alumni database, under development by member Amy Sproles , Class of 1979, indicates that we have served more than 1,700 students. Recently a member of the Class of 1953 came forward with encouragement and generosity – why? – because of the formative experience of being at Chautauqua as a young adult. Clearly, building for good continues over a lifetime.
Opening our IOKDS houses has brought us many members and guests – and guests who become members. Providing affordable accommodation means that members, teachers, librarians, musicians, clergy and others, the kind of folks who formed the heartbeat of Chautauqua, can still come. And they go home inspired to new levels of commitment and participation in their communities.
The New Horizons Program has trained many of our former and current leaders. It’s On The Road in 2017 waiting for your invitation. Please respond.
Each day across North America, there are 10,000 boomers who are reaching age 65. They have a “natural longing to do good”. Go and find them. Please.