On #GivingTuesday, a Commitment to Giving Back

For most people, Giving Tuesday is an occasion to give. For at least one SLA member, it’s an occasion to give back.

“SLA is a major reason I have had a successful career,” says Tom Rink, an SLA member since 1997 and the association’s 2016 president. “Bottom line, I believe in SLA, and I want—no, I need—to support them.”

This year, Tom is matching gifts to SLA up to $1,000; in past years, he has matched gifts and funded scholarships to SLA events such as the SLA Leadership Symposium. His giving is motivated not only by his commitment to helping SLA continue to provide quality educational and networking opportunities, but also by a profound desire to thank the organization that has been his professional home for more than 20 years.

“SLA has given me so much over the years that it only seems appropriate to reciprocate beyond volunteering,” he says. “Giving to SLA makes me feel good; it makes me feel like I am making a difference in helping to keep SLA moving forward. I give out of a deep loyalty and gratitude to an organization that means the world to me.”

SLA is proud to participate in the #GivingTuesday movement and seeks to engage the entire information community in this unique opportunity to transform how people think about, talk about, and participate in the giving season. This year, SLA is encouraging all information professionals to share in the giving spirit and help the association make an even greater difference in the careers of special librarians. Donate to SLA today and become part of a worldwide movement to establish a new culture of philanthropy for generations to come.

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