Foundation volunteers Pamela Krause, LICSW; Jenn Matheson, PhD, LMFT; and Laura Crandall, EdM; supported by Jill Stanzler-Katz, MSW, LICSW, BCD, have been diligently planning “Foundation Friday” for this year’s IFS Annual Conference (October 30 through November 1) to raise greater awareness of the Foundation. In addition to Friday mornings plenary, throughout an all-day atmosphere of fun and frivolity, attendees will be able to bid in a silent auction where all proceeds go towards fulfilling our mission. The Foundation’s Board, led by Chairman Frank Anderson, will be hosting a reception in the foyer prior to the evening’s entertainment of the Rainbow Dance Theatre. Some auction items include: therapy consultation hours; CSL scholarships for: a Level 2 training on Deepening and Expanding and a Level 3 training; handmade jewelry; a sunset cruise; a weekend getaway in the Pocono Mountains, among many others. If you would like to donate something to the silent auction please contact Pamela soon.
During its first full year of operation, 2014, the independent not-for-profit Foundation received $46,375 in total donations, either through direct giving or through our Gala event, which was held at the Annual IFS Conference in November. There were 121 attendees at the 2014 Gala and an additional 59 donors. Gifts hovered around an average of $620 and the median stood at $120. There were several gifts of $5,000. Every member of the volunteer board and the CSL staff made donations. Some non-CSL-led training programs have also sent in voluntary contributions to the Foundation.
These gifts have made possible the awarding of the first research grant, the ongoing development of an IFS-publications database, and the building of basic elements of the operational infrastructure. The Foundation is now set up to accept gifts of equity stocks, and has accepted its first such gift. A planned giving program is currently being set up.
We send a very warm sincere THANK YOU to each and every donor, as we are profoundly grateful for your support.
The Foundation is pleased to introduce two new associates who will provide their expertise in our endeavors. Please welcome Michele Bruce and Casita Negron Wild.
Michele Bruce will be providing administrative support with Chairman Frank Anderson, MD, and Foundation events. Michele holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Westfield State University. She began her career in Human Resources at a large medical device company. For two years now, after spending many years as a stay-at-home mother, she has been serving as Assistant to Richard Schwartz, PhD, and Founder of The Center for Self Leadership. She looks forward to lending her creative skills to the Foundation.
Casita Negron Wild will be supporting the work of the Senior Coordinators and Executive Advisor Toufic Hakim, PhD, in the areas of strategic communication and development, research coordination, and general operational and online activities. Casita received a BS in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, as well as a MA in Higher Education Administration from Lesley University. In 2010 she joined the National Board of Certification for Medical Interpreters, which successfully launched a credentialing certification program, which resulted in legislation in four states. She implemented an online proctoring system to allow international and rural candidates the opportunity take exams remotely. Prior to the National Board she worked at Harvard University’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences as the Department Administrator. She looks forward to supporting the efforts of the Foundation and contributing to its success.
Did you know that you can make regular contributions to the Foundation through your daily activities without feeling a pinch? Smile.Amazon.com will contribute 0.5% of all of your eligible purchases to our Foundation when you make purchases through Smile.Amazon.com. It’s as simple as selecting the Foundation as beneficiary, a one-time task, and going through Smile.Amazon.com (exact same look and products) each time you purchase. That small percentage adds up with each community members purchases throughout the year. We have received $160 already this year.