Monday, June 16, 2014

Amon G. Carter Foundation Gift

"I have come to realize that they who acquire wealth are more or less stewards in the application of that wealth to others of the human family who are less fortunate than themselves."
- Amon G. Carter

When Amon G. Carter came to Fort Worth in 1906, he brought with him a drive to make the sleepy North Texas town into a city that supported major industries, charities and families at the same time.  He wasted no time in merging two papers into The Fort Worth Star Telegram, investing in the oil and gas industry and attracting major corporations to set up shop in Fort Worth.  As he continued to accomplish his professional goals, Carter began to give back even more to the city he loved by establishing the Amon G. Carter Foundation.

The North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is one beneficiary of this foundation and its generosity.  Earlier this year the foundation gave LLS a $25,000 grant to upgrade its internal donor and volunteer tracking systems.  "We recognize that as your [LLS] volunteer and donor base continues to grow it is essential to have appropriate software to assist in coordinating and tracking corporate sponsors and individual donors," says John H. Robinson, Executive Vice President of the Amon G. Carter Foundation.

The North Texas Chapter will use this grant money to make a multi-year investment in Salesforce and Cervis.  Salesforce will be used by employees chapter-wide to record and monitor gifts from corporations, individuals and teams in an effort to better steward and recognize their contributions.  Cervis is a volunteer management software program that will make it easier for LLS supporters to find and sign up for volunteer opportunities within North Texas.

"The Amon G. Carter Foundation understands the importance of having the best technology available when it comes to tracking and thanking our donors, and this grant will help LLS continue to grow here in North Texas," says Patricia Thomson, Executive Director of the North Texas Chapter.  "We appreciate their dedication to LLS and our vision of a world without blood cancers."

The Amon G. Carter Foundation also gave the North Texas Chapter a $25,000 grant last year for additional technology updates.  Many of the items purchased with that grant have helped raise the profile of LLS in North Texas.

LLS is thankful for the support of such a generous partner in the fight against blood cancers.

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