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What Makes a Donation Worth It?
What makes a person want to make a donation to a non-profit organization?
This was one of my first thoughts after reading an article in The Wall Street Journal called “Why Can’t We Sell Charity Like We Sell Perfume?” The article was written by a man named Don Pallotta, who is the founder of the Breast Cancer 3-Day events.
In the piece, Pallotta takes a look at the way society views non-profit organizations. Culturally speaking, we expect non-profits to make an impact on the world as they pursue their goals. Most non-profits are not financially equipped to make the biggest impact possible. While advertisements have great potential to drive awareness about a disease or disorder and to raise funds to put towards programs and services for patients, no one wants to hear that their dollars paid for an ad.
So, back to my original question – what makes a person want to make a donation to a non-profit organization? How do people measure the worth of one organization vs. another? How do we at the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness (NFCA) prove that your donation is a worthwhile investment?
Perhaps we should look at the gluten-free options available. Is the increased availability of products a good measuring stick of NFCA’s work? Or perhaps it’s the increased awareness, especially in schools, camps and restaurants trained by our Gluten-Free Resource Education and Awareness Training (GREAT) programs. Hearing about the people a donation helps always tugs at my heartstrings, so maybe it’s the same for you. Or, perhaps it’s a personal note from a staff member that confirms your dollars went to the right place. If you’re business-minded, a list of goals, objectives and outcomes may be what you prefer.
What makes you personally donate to an organization? Join the conversation in NFCA’s new online celiac disease community on Inspire.com and tell us what makes you want to give. If you would like to make a donation to NFCA, you can visit www.beyondceliac.org/donate. All donations support NFCA’s free patient resources and services. No amount is too small to make a difference.
To Your GREAT Health,
If you missed NFCA’s Appetite for Awareness, or if you just want to relive the fun, you can! Check out what these bloggers had to say about their experiences at our gluten-free food fest in Philadelphia.
Don’t miss the fantastic pictures of the event on NFCA’s Facebook page!
Thanks to our lead sponsor, Jefferson University Hospital, for your ongoing support, and to Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust for providing the beautiful venue.
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How to Get Your Celiac Child to Stop Cheating on the Gluten-Free Diet
By Miranda Jade Turbin
If your child has been diagnosed with celiac disease, it’s critical that he or she follows a strict, lifelong gluten-free diet. Alarmingly, 43% of people with celiac disease cheat on their gluten-free diet, according to a 2006 survey by Celiac.com, and 13 percent cheat 20-40 times per year or more for various reasons. While this survey focused on adults, kids can also feel the temptation.
Is your child cheating on the gluten-free diet? Read on for some helpful tips.
One of the reasons children may cheat on their diet is because they don’t have substitutes for their favorite gluten-containing foods. Talk with your child about the gluten-containing meals, snacks and desserts he or she misses, then look for gluten-free versions to fill some of those voids.
Another reason children with celiac disease may cheat on their diet is because eating gluten doesn’t make them feel sick. It’s important to sit down with your child and have a heart-to-heart about how even though he or she may not feel sick, gluten can still damage the villi of the intestines, which in turn can lead to very serious health conditions. It’s best to include your child’s doctor or nutritionist in this discussion.
Lastly, get your child excited and proud to be gluten-free. Have your child join a local celiac children’s group to stay motivated and feel “normal” and connected to others with the same dietary restrictions. Pick out special gluten-free recipes to make for dinner or dessert. Attend a gluten-free cooking class together.
Your child won’t be tempted to cheat when you make this recipe!
RECIPE: Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies (Toll House style)