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Philanthropist Finds Return on Her Investment

Philanthropist Finds Return on Her Investment
Red Cross is a healthy culture that brings out the best in people in the worst of circumstances.

Sandra Klein is a retired business woman that knows a thing or two about a good ROI – Return on Investment.

After retiring from a busy and successful career in the marketing and food industry, Sandra was looking for an opportunity to make a difference in her community. She did not just write a check to a non-profit, though. She wanted to be sure there would be a good return on her investment, so she gave of her time and skills as well.

To Sandra, a good return on her investment means seeing her resources used efficiently and effectively to better her community. She calls it a win, win. The community wins from her support, and she wins from using her resources well.

To insure a win, win, Sandra decided to get an up-close look at the Red Cross in action. She took numerous classes like sheltering, food safety, CPR and First Aid. She also assumed the role of a volunteer. She has served on event committees and is a trained disaster volunteer. She most recently became the 2013 Tiffany Circle Co-Chair for the Carolina Lowcountry Chapter and attended the Red Cross’ National 2013 Tiffany Circle Summit.

She says her up-close look has been a rewarding eye opener.

“I have discovered that Red Cross is a healthy culture that brings out the best in people in the worst of circumstances,” says Sandra.

Sandra says she has been impressed with many things that she has seen at Red Cross.

“The staff and volunteers at Red Cross are passionate about helping others,” explains Sandra. They don’t have any judgments or preconceived notions about people that need help. Everyone is viewed as equal and treated with respect and integrity.”

In her leadership role for the Tiffany Circle for the Carolina Lowountry Chapter, she is following in the footsteps of a long line of women leaders who have helped Red Cross serve the American public in times of war and peace through disaster response, blood collection, safety training and countless other community assistance services.

“When I was at the National Tiffany Circle Summit this year, I was in awe as I looked around the room and saw all of the strong women that have committed their lives to create change and harmony in the world,” recalls Sandra. “Their belief in Red Cross inspired me to take my involvement to a higher level.”

At the Summit, Sandra pledged to be a Bonnie McElveen-Hunter Silver Member, which is the highest level of giving with the Tiffany Circle.

“I really like what I am experiencing at Red Cross,” admits Sandra. “It is a win, win that is proving to be a good return on my investment.”