Why I Give - Niki V. Diamond
Our donors and volunteers make the community a better place for our children and families. In our series, Why I Give, we put the spotlight on some of the generous individuals helping to move our communities forward. This month we are recognizing Niki V. Diamond.
Niki V. Diamond | Supporter since 2006
When did you first get involved with Acenda?
My first involvement with Acenda (then Robins’ Nest) began during my undergraduate senior year of college. We were tasked with coming up with our own final project to showcase what we had learned as communications and marketing scholars. Rather than come up with something hypothetical, I wanted to focus my efforts toward a meaningful cause - fundraising for a meaningful organization like Acenda. With great help from the Development & Marketing team, I spearheaded the planning and execution of the 2006 spring fundraiser, which raised over $35,000 for the organization. This experience first cultivated my interest in community outreach, philanthropy and volunteerism.
What attracted you to the Acenda mission?
The foundation of Acenda is caring for those who are at their most vulnerable. The human aspect of this remarkable organization is what continues to resonate most with me.
What motivates you to stay involved?
I believe in the power of integrated health—that we as people are only as healthy as our bodies and minds are collectively. Acenda provides a holistic approach to taking care of its community’s well being.
Why do you volunteer/donate?
Being involved in Acenda is not only meaningful, it is also very fun! I am happy to be a part of the planning committee for the annual gala that Acenda hosts in celebration of its mission and future.
What do you hope Acenda will achieve in the near future?
I hope that more communities and people can be served by Acenda’s mission.
Do you have an anecdote about Acenda that really moved you?
For many years, children who have been helped by the services Acenda provides would bravely share their personal stories with event attendees. I believe seeing the real world effects of an organization matters. Having been present for such an intimate look into what Acenda does has only fostered my trust and support for its programs and services.
Why is being a donor so important to you?
I believe in the past, present and future of Acenda’s mission. Seeing where it has come since its inception, while maintaining its core values, truly matters to the New Jersey communities it serves (and to me!).
What would you tell others interested in getting involved with Acenda?
Don’t wait! Acenda is an organization that appreciates and welcomes involvement from people of all ages, backgrounds and ability. One who can donate time, effort, enthusiasm and energy is as valuable to Acenda as one who can contribute financially as well.