A desire to help children and support critical research motivated Phil and Susie Goldman to become SARRC Multiyear Visionary Partners.
Not directly impacted by autism, the Goldmans were moved hearing the story of their friends’ grandson. Zach is the grandson of longtime SARRC supporters Kathy and Mike Bosco. His autism was severe in the beginning, but when the Goldmans met him they could not believe he was on the spectrum.
“I did not realize what was available and could be made possible until they shared their autism story,” Phil says. “I realized, wow, what a phenomenal change can be made in a human’s life by getting them treatment for autism.”
Not long afterward, the Boscos invited the couple to one of SARRC’s Annual Community Breakfasts. Learning more about what SARRC is doing impressed Phil even more.
“My family was not impacted by autism, but I can see how important it is to make sure research, diagnostics and treatment are available. Families learn the skills they need to cope. The kids are learning the skills needed to get jobs and live independently.”
SARRC’s message inspired the Goldmans to become annual donors. Eventually, they joined the MVP program in which donors commit gifts over five years or more.
“I know my five-year commitment of funds as an MVP gives SARRC the ability to budget and plan and creates long-term stability for the organization,” Phil says.
And the more he learns about SARRC, the more impressed he’s become. His stepdaughter-in-law Beatriz works at the Phoenix nonprofit.
“She shared more about what she does as a staff member and I learned even more about the impact our gifts were making,” Phil says. “I know my time and money are being used very well.”
As part of their commitment to research and children in need, the Goldmans also support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. “There will always be children with autism or cancer who have needs and those families need services; it is nonprofits that make a difference and I’m proud to support these needs,” Phil says.