At the Heart of Giving, Motivation is Personal, but Giving Back is Universal

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By Janet Cooperman Hiser, MSW 

Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of my role as director of development and alumni relations at Austen Riggs is hearing stories from our donors about their personal connections to Riggs and their motivations for giving. In this video, you will hear a compelling story from Riggs Board of Trustees member Daniel Kaufman about his own experience.

Just in the past few months, I’ve heard about other motivations, including:

  • Clinicians who trained at Riggs or who were exposed to our treatment philosophy early in their careers, and who want to preserve a way of thinking about psychiatric care.
  • Former patients who give out of a desire to “give back” so that others can benefit from the type of treatment that was so important in their lives.
  • Former patient families grateful for the care that their loved ones received and who want to make it available to others.
  • Members of our extended community who have attended an Erikson Institute conference, heard a presentation by a Riggs clinician, or who simply value the work we do and want to see it continue.

Regardless of the motivation for giving, the gifts themselves have an enormous impact on the lives of patients who are here learning to take charge of their lives. And because we are one of the nation’s most well-respected psychiatric hospitals, with a robust education and training program, the ripple effects of those gifts extend well beyond our campus.

For more information about giving to Austen Riggs, please visit: www.austenriggs.org/donate-riggs, email me at janet.hiser@austenriggs.net or call me at [413] 931.5333.

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