As part of an exciting new philanthropic alliance, Fig Columbia has chosen Make-A-Wish® South Carolina as its 2017 Social Mission Partner. Fig’s belief that providing awareness of charitable opportunities builds a more creative and healthy community led to their decision to choose Make-A-Wish.
Fig Columbia is a premier Midlands publication and digital magazine that brings voice and vision to great small cities and towns. Each year, the publication selects a Social Mission Partner to demonstrate mutually beneficial ways that they can work together and empower positive change.
Make-A-Wish South Carolina grants wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. The South Carolina nonprofit believes wishes can be a game changer. In fact, medical professionals say wish experiences can improve children’s state of mind, make them more willing to comply with treatment requirements, and even influence their physical health. Former wish kids tell Make-A-Wish their wish experience improved their health and strength; gave them more confidence and the will to pursue more challenging life goals; made them more philanthropic and compassionate; and even helped save their life. The impact of a wish can last a lifetime.
In fiscal year 2016 Make-A-Wish South Carolina granted 37 wishes in the Midlands and 180 wishes statewide. The chapter is honored to partner with Fig Columbia and views the opportunity to spread awareness as a key component in the upcoming year’s goal of raising funds to grant more wishes for local children with serious illnesses.
“Partnering with such a well-produced publication as Fig Columbia is so exciting for our chapter. Our goal is to eventually be able to grant a wish to every eligible child in South Carolina. Since we are entirely funded by donations from individual donors, corporate sponsors and special events, the chapter is dependent on public support to be able to grant more and better wishes for local kids. We are especially grateful to Fig for allowing us the chance to work with them to tell our story and encourage more readers to support our mission.” stated Misty Farmer, director of development for Make-A-Wish South Carolina.
Throughout the year, Fig Columbia and Make-A-Wish will combine efforts to educate the community on wish granting through print and digital means, highlighting stories of lives that have been impacted by a wish as well as ways to get involved to support the charity.
Janet Scouten, editor of Fig Columbia remarked on the new partnership, “At Fig, we envision a different kind of publication….one that energizes a thriving, sustainable local economy. We believe in the power of creative thinking to transform a community.
For us this means finding ways to support non-profit organizations that foster creativity and educate people about the power of innovation as foundations for a vibrant city. We believe that awareness of opportunities helps people to make informed personal choices or to find the encouragement they need to make a difference.”
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