Linda Timmons
Linda Timmons, President and CEO

Be a Force for Positive Change in the World

GivingTuesday is next week—it always is the Tuesday that follows Thanksgiving. To me, it just seems like after spending a day reflecting on all of the things we are thankful for, we consider giving to others. In fact, the organization behind GivingTuesday started this effort with a simple purpose: to have a day that encourages people to do good. That purpose resonates with all of us at Mosaic.

Mosaic seeks to be a force for positive change in the world. We do that in many ways, primarily by helping the people we support have better lives than they would without Mosaic. But over the years, I’ve also come to understand how what we do affects others, too.

Family members have often told me how grateful they are for Mosaic. I’ve heard people say they can sleep at night knowing their loved one is safe and cared for. I’ve heard others say they no longer worry about a loved one’s future since becoming a part of Mosaic.

But beyond grateful families, I’ve had donors thank me for the opportunity to give to an organization that changes lives for the better. While I am working to thank people for their generous gift, they turn it around and thank me for what we do. Wow! That is always humbling.

That may be why GivingTuesday has resonated and grown into a global movement. The truth is, giving does nearly as much for the giver as it does for the recipient. I have other charities I like to support in addition to Mosaic. I know that I am not able to do what they do in their daily work such as helping refugees or the homeless, but I am happy to support what they do. It makes me a true partner in that work, and that is wholly satisfying.

GivingTuesday is simply a celebration of the earnest desire of so many people who want to change the world for good. It’s a good reminder that there are more good people out there than there are of those who sow chaos and havoc in the world. GivingTuesday celebrates those who give of their resources and of their time—something I’m incredibly grateful for at Mosaic. 

Next week, on GivingTuesday, I hope you’ll join the many others who will support an organization they love with a gift. (Of course, I hope that organization will be Mosaic!) Trust me, you’ll feel better about life if you do.

I’m glad to have you and so many others as partners in this great work. Have a blessed Thanksgiving, and prepare to respond in gratitude on GivingTuesday.

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