Donna Cohen has been donating to Guide Dogs of America (GDA) since she first learned about the school when she worked at the post office and oversaw the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) beginning in 1996.
“There were thousands of charities to choose from but the description of GDA caught my eye,” Cohen said. “I began donating through CFC and made it point to learn about the school and the great work it does. Training guide dogs to be the assistants and companions of blind people is so admirable.”
Cohen expanded her contribution beyond the CFC pledge when she became involved in school’s annual silent auction. For several years, she donated her beautiful handmade baby blankets to the silent auction.
“An aspect I love about GDA is how interactive it is with the community and how creatively it raises money,” Cohen said. “Most organizations send out fundraising letters. GDA sells merchandise; Christmas cards; hosts graduations, open houses, raffles and motorcycle runs; and, my special favorite, the silent auction. It’s a wonderful creative outlet for those of us who like to do crafts and put baskets together. It’s so exciting to watch people compete for the baskets, confidently knowing that the money spent will be used for such a worthwhile purpose.”
A decades-long supporter of GDA, Cohen made the decision to become a Partner in Trust to ensure that her donations would continue for years to come.
“I feel proud to be a member of such a worthwhile organization and encourage everyone to learn more about GDA and consider becoming a Partner in Trust,” Cohen added.
Guide Dogs of America is privileged to benefit from the generosity of caring individuals like Cohen. Gifts to our endowment will continue to support our mission to place extraordinary guide dogs with the visually impaired to enhance their lives. If you would like information about becoming a Partner in Trust, please contact Rhonda Bissell at 818-833-6432.