The short form is a bunch of us from CoStar are walking between 5k and a full marathon to raise money for the Jimmy Fund – an organization that supports kids with cancer and their families. I’ll be walking 10k which is about as much as my hip can handle, but that’s not really the story here.
I’m writing to share with you why I’m walking, and it’s not the typical story you hear in fundraising emails.
Three years ago an administrator at the CoStar office approached me about charitable giving – she was happy to do the leg work, but wanted Boston’s leadership to do the leading. In response to her challenge the local office leadership established a pattern of quarterly events. These events bring together people from all over the office – technology, product, sales, business units, and support staff – in events that contribute to our community but also to a culture that I’m proud to be a part of.
The big reward for me is seeing the joy people experience while performing these activities – whether boxing groceries, serving a meal, or in this case walking a few miles. My “reason” is much more about helping people realize the benefits of being socially conscious. I can only make a small impact on my own, but through these efforts our Boston location has made a big difference in people’s lives – and I mean the people doing the charitable work, not just those receiving the benefits.
Now personally I enjoy donating money to charity and in a few cases I also contribute my time, but I hate hitting up others. Gotta do it though - every one of these Boston events means a lot to me, so I’m not just participating and walking the 10k, I’m asking for your financial help making this event a success.
- You might say to yourself “I support Joshua’s commitment to getting people involved in charity, so I’m going to donate to this fundraiser.”
- You might say to yourself “I can’t believe he made me read all that, but I can support a charity related to kids with cancer so I’m going to donate to this fundraiser.”
- You might say to yourself “I don’t really want to donate, but I’m inspired by Joshua’s story to do something similar and I’m going to fundraise for the Jimmy Fund myself.”
I’d be thrilled if you say any of the above. Of course, you might have deleted this before you read the first sentence, but we all see so many of these solicitations that I understand that response as well.
Here’s the link for donations for anyone that’s interested.