When asked why she gives monthly, Kathleen, a yearlong monthly donor, said, “Who wouldn’t want to bring joy to these children who have had so much of their normal childhood taken from them already?”
Her goal is to fully fund a Starlight Gaming console at a local children’s hospital in Orange County, California. She’s worked in the Emergency Department of one and seen how entertainment on phones and tablets improves a child’s experience.
“Starlight gives kids a personality in the hospital. Kids can transform into their favorite characters with the Starlight Gowns. The video game consoles allow families to play together and it makes the hospital less scary,” said Kathleen.
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We understand giving monthly is a commitment. Maybe you’re not sure how much to give? You can start with $10 or $20 a month and see how that goes. It may seem difficult to fund a gaming console at $5,000, but with monthly giving and the support of her employer, Edwards Lifesciences, who offers a matching gift program, she’s well on her way!
“Even during financial changes, I never wanted to decrease my amount. I really want to provide this joy to the kids,” Kathleen said. “And it brings me joy to be reaching for that goal monthly.”
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So, where do your dollars go? That was a big question for Kathleen.
“My biggest fear of giving to nonprofits is that only a fraction of the donation actually makes an impact. I don’t have that fear with Starlight,” Kathleen said.
Starlight is a four-star Charity Navigator nonprofit. That means we are 100% transparent with our financials and 81% of all revenue goes to programs and delivering happiness. For every $1 you donate; 81 cents go directly to the children and families we serve.
So, what’s stopping you from becoming a monthly donor? You can help deliver entertainment, innovative technology, normalcy, and happiness every month – and give seriously ill kids a chance to just be kids.