St. Jude

I am sitting with my granddaughter Nkiru. She has made choices twice for Charity Challenges – first at the start of Charity Challenge, when she chose to make her gift to Heifer, and second time, to Nothing But Nets. Now I’m asking her to make another choice in honor of her 14th birthday. I’m giving her a gift of $25, which she has to decide how to use. Then I’ll match it with my own $25, and use my credit card to make the charitable gift.

She’s decided to make her gift to St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Hospital. Here’s where I’ll make the gift. She says, “I want to help children with cancer. My mom’s a doctor and she works on medical issues related to cancer.” She adds, “I found out about it from a commercial I saw when I was watching America’s Got Talent.”

Nkiru and her family have started home for Philadelphia now, as I finish my post. I won’t see them for a few weeks. When I do, my grandson Kenechi will have started college at Cornell, and my newest grandson Ikem will be a couple of months old.



Author of memoir Nigeria Revisited My Life and Loves Abroad, blogger, board member U.S.National Committee for UN Women, former Peace Corps volunteer, Unitarian Universalist, expert in nonprofit management and fundraising, certified fundraising executive (CFRE), racial justice advocate..

Posted on August 4, 2013, in Birthdays, children, disease prevention, Giving, Grandchildren, Health, Make a Difference!, matching gifts, websites and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What a nice post, Catherine. I’m waiting for the right opportunity to follow through on the conversations I’ve had with my grandson so he can be fully involved in selecting a charity. I love the concept of generosity that you put forward.


    • Thanks, Jane.

      Is anyone having a birthday soon? He could make a charitable gift in that person’s honor as a birthday gift, with your help. Maybe he could tell the person ahead of time to ask what his/her favorite charity is. He could come armed with information about one or two charities he thinks the person might like. Is there an illness that’s had an effect? There’s probably a nonprofit doing research for a cure, or better care. Or a musician that the person likes, who is a spokesperson for a particular charity? Let me know if you and Trevor come up with an idea!


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