Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I wanted to congratulate the Okoboji Foundation on their 25 year anniversary of "Making a Difference" to the Lakes Region. The thoughtful and meaningful gifts of the Okoboji Foundation have impacted non-profit organizations throughout the Iowa Great Lakes Area, and have increased our ability to make a difference.

I believe that philanthropy is a verb. It is caring about others around you, whether you know them or not. In my opinion, it goes beyond "dollars." It is characterized by actions. It can be volunteering, helping with a task, paying an unsolicited compliment, attending a function in support of someone or something, or just listening to a troubled soul. The "dollars" we receive are vital for our sustainability, but don't always tell the story. The greatest outcome of philanthropy is quite simple -- our ability to make a difference and change lives for the better!

The Okoboji Foundation is the essence of philanthropy. They are tremendous advocates of the Bedell Family YMCA/Camp Foster YMCA, and share the story of the good work that we do. The Okoboji Foundation also donates funds instrumental to help realize our dreams and continue our legacy, so that we may make a difference for generations to come.

On behalf of the staff, volunteers, and members of the YMCA of the Okobojis, I would like to thank you for "Ripples of Good," and ensuring a better region for us to enjoy.

Sincerely,

Norman L Johnson

Chief Executive Officer

YMCA of the Okobojis