Our membership development manager Laura Allen has experienced a nonprofit executive's ultimate dream – a transformational gift!
As many of you know, we share Laura’s time with the Children’s Security Blanket – a precious charity she serves part-time in Spartanburg that helps children with cancer. The Children’s Security Blanket helps their parents with the heavy burden of getting them to life-saving treatments – often traveling great distances to specialized pediatric oncology treatment centers.
Laura’s efforts to help one family caught the attention of two total strangers – an out-of-state couple who provided an apartment where a Spartanburg family shared Christmas with their gravely ill daughter as she underwent surgeries at Memorial Sloan Kettering. The couple were intrigued with Laura and The Children’s Security Blanket and how personally they cared for this family; they also gave a big gift to help The Children’s Security Blanket.
Now, they have committed a major multi-year gift, and they have challenged Laura to help children all across South Carolina, maybe even beyond!
As you might imagine, this will require Laura’s full attention, so SCANPO will be losing her very soon.
Laura has done a wonderful job for SCANPO in her membership capacity and we will miss her very much. She loves what we do, expects to rely enormously on our services and business partners as she grows The Children’s Security Blanket across the state.
Please join us in celebrating Laura’s extraordinary opportunity. We wish her well, and hope to keep you posted on The Children’s Security Blanket’s lifesaving adventure in the months ahead! Congratulations, Laura!
Below is a letter from Laura.
TO MY SCANPO FRIENDS:
It’s true…I have been leading a double life! In addition to my part-time role managing membership development for SCANPO, I have been serving (also part-time) as the first-ever Executive Director of a precious charity, The Children’s Security Blanket (CSB), serving children with cancer in Spartanburg County.
A nonprofit dream has come true for CSB – a major donor has challenged us to expand systematically our services across the State for children whose families are challenged by the rigorous demands of traveling to treatment services, often all across the country.
I will be leaving SCANPO to devote my entire efforts to this lifesaving work, but I shall cherish the many hundreds of our members and colleagues whom I have met, and I shall remain a great SCANPO fan. This year’s Summit was a great success, right in my hometown, and I shall look forward to being with you next year in Columbia. Meanwhile, I shall be sharing our progress at CSB, and no doubt will be in touch with many of you with partnering ideas.
My best wishes to Madeleine, Ben, Sharon, Debbie and all who deliver SCANPO benefits to us each day. My thanks to Ted, Reid, Mac and so many of our Board members who have helped this to be a spectacular time for me professionally.
All the best,
Laura S. Allen