Donor profile: Sonia Bury
- Why do you give to The Good Samaritan?
I give to the Society because I believe it’s the right thing to do. There are many ways to share God’s love, and I’m involved in some of those through the work I do. Through my financial gifts, I can be involved in priority initiatives of the Good Samaritan that make a difference for people in other ways.
- Why is giving to the Foundation important to you?
My donations are going to general purposes of the Foundation rather than a specific fund. However, over the years I have often given money for staff scholarships, which I used to work with. When we help employees fund their education, we’re making an investment in those people and in what they’ll be able to contribute to others in the future.
- How does giving back to the Good Samaritan make you feel?
Giving back to the Good Samaritan makes me feel like I’m making a difference, however small that might be.
- Why did you choose the perpetual giving option as a way to donate to the Good Samaritan?
With the perpetual giving option, I don’t have to stop and write a check or initiate a transaction on a regular basis. I can set it up once the way I want it to work and I don’t have to think about it again. For a larger gift, that also helps spread the gift out over time.
Perpetual giving to the Good Samaritan Foundation
Gifts to the Foundation can be made in monthly or quarterly donations. Perpetual giving takes the work out of planned giving. You can learn more about setting up an automatic monthly or quarterly gift here. Donors who choose to give monthly or quarterly often find that they are able to give more than they expected. Perpetual giving spreads out support over time, easing the burden on your wallet and granting the Foundation a reliable stream of support.
- What was your first gift to philanthropy and why?
My husband and I both grew up in homes where giving to the church was a priority, and our parents taught us to continue that practice. Philanthropy has been an important value for us since the beginning of our marriage.
- What are you most proud of in your life?
I am most proud of our two sons, who have become wonderful young men.
- What would you like to pass on to future generations?
I believe that our purpose in life is to make connections with other people and to use the unique gifts God has given each of us to serve others.
- Are there other areas in your life that you serve or give to others?
We give to our church, and I currently lead the stewardship team there. We also give to the foundation of my husband’s employer, and we give to various local programs and services, such as Lutheran Social Services and Feeding South Dakota. My husband and I were each involved in mentoring for several years until last year when our mentees graduated.
- What change would you like to see in the world?
I would like people to care more about one another and try harder to understand each other. I would like people to celebrate our differences, rather than allow our differences to separate us.
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If you are a Good Samaritan employee, please consider a one-time participation gift or an ongoing pledge to the Good Samaritan Foundation today. You can even make a payroll deduction.