Last Saturday, I was in the Bay Area to attend the Sikh Coalition’s “5K for the 5Ks” fundraising event in Sunnyvale, California. It was a very enjoyable event, and I was happy to meet in person many people I’ve seen online or in other forums. It was friendly atmosphere among the participants and organizers.
I was particularly taken by the display of the variety of talent in our community during the event. Many thanks to the Sikh Coalition, their staff, and their sponsors, for organizing this great day. At the event, it was announced that nearly $55,000 was raised to support the Sikh Coalition’s work on behalf of the Sikh American community.
From a personal standpoint, I especially want to thank the generous anonymous donors who contributed $550 to my fundraising campaign for this event. Your contributions in support of the Sikh Coalition’s civil rights work is certainly going to a good cause. If you are interested in taking up my offer of dinner, please contact me with your information and we can make arrangements. I look forward to meeting you!
I’m sorry to say sometimes I feel as if these “civil rights advocacy” groups just fund raise more than anything. I don’t mean to criticize. I understand other orgs around the country for other groups have a muchhhh bigger budget and I’ve heard all of those arguments…but I hear more about fund raising then anything else (maybe it’s just where I live..)
Have you taken a closer look at their activities or are you basing your assumption on your “feeling”? Nonprofit organizations engage in fundraising, particularly as the year ends, and depend on donors to fund their work. If you don’t find value in their work, you are not required to donate.