As two grateful families recently discovered, you don’t need to be a professional fundraiser to 为麦克莱恩筹集资金.
在医院在线DonorDrive平台的支持下, the Smith and Merhige families turned their passion for helping those with mental illness into dollars supporting McLean’s mission.
以积极而有意义的方式, 这两个家庭, 还有更多, are embracing the idea of community fundraising and creating impact in the process.
给乔治·史密斯和他的家人, raising money for McLean was a way to honor his brother Andrew, who died in 2011 after struggling for years with schizophrenia. 2016年，史密斯夫妇为麦克莱恩提供了初始资金 WellSpace 程序, which offers support and education to young adults who have experienced episodes of psychosis.
“One of the things we realized about Andrew was how desperately lonely he was during his illness. WellSpace fosters a sense of community in a welcoming and organic way,乔治说.
The Smiths have continued to support WellSpace since its founding, both with individual donations and by raising money among friends and family. The occasional group walks and email fundraising campaigns they fostered “have brought people who cared about Andrew together around a common cause,乔治说。. “Raising money for WellSpace has been a way for our family to keep Andrew’s memory alive.”
随着去年麦克莱恩的DonorDrive平台的推出, the Smiths found that raising money for the hospital was “much easier than doing it on our own,乔治说. So easy, in fact, that the family was able to raise more than $15,000 for WellSpace in a few months.
The new platform simplifies the entire fundraising process—from helping fundraisers create a personal campaign page to tracking those who have donated. “DonorDrive对麦克莱恩来说是件大事，”乔治说. “It was easy to set up, easy to use, and easy for those who donated.”