Donor Story: Why I give
Our family has had a very long association with the Loreto community. My wife Meg Morrison, and her sister Marie Morrison attended Loreto Kirribilli from Kindergarten to Year 12, and their five brothers all attended the junior school. For the last six years, our daughter, Alexa, has been continuing the family tradition. Loreto’s commitment to high quality education is a cornerstone of the organisation. However, this is only the beginning as this education is amplified by the community’s commitment to social justice through the empowerment of women.
We are very happy to be associated with Mary Ward International Australia because of its shared commitment to social justice and the empowerment of the neediest among us. We are confident that our financial support will go to a good cause, and importantly, that every dollar will go a long way. In addition, we believe that an investment in education and empowerment has a compounding effect in the community it serves, as those helped will go on to help the families and communities they are a part of.
Our most recent fundraising efforts have focused on programs supporting the local refugee community in Sydney through the House of Welcome Program, an especially poignant cause given the current isolationist climate at home and in the U.S. and Europe.
Notwithstanding this recent focus, our general principle is to give to general operating funds as we have faith in the staff of the organisations we support. It is best for them to have the flexibility to respond quickly to the changing needs of their many programs. This is not always possible with directed giving. We would encourage other donors to take the same approach when possible.
We, in the Loreto community in Sydney, are among the most fortunate families in a lucky and beautiful country. For our own sake, it is important that we take a global view in sharing some of our good fortune with those for whom it means so much more. Additionally, I’d suggest it is important to do so in an open and visible way, to serve as an inspiration and example to our friends, colleagues, children and their children.
Gates Moss, MWIA regular donor (pictured above with daughter)
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