Earlier this year, Connie and Terry Dellmuth began sending
letters to friends urging them to join (or rejoin) the community of people who donate to Bread & Roses Community Fund each year.
“We’re not fundraisers and we don’t have a lot of wealthy
friends,” says Terry. “But we wanted to do more to support Bread & Roses.”
“Most people in our region don’t know that Bread & Roses
exists,” says Connie. “With more support from donors like us, Bread & Roses can amplify the voices of groups working for real change.”
Before retirement, both Connie and Terry worked in state
government and as policy advisors and advocates at the local, state, and national level. “I know what it is like to be on the ‘inside,’ which makes me appreciate more than ever the value of people pushing from the outside for changes,” says Terry.
Their fundraising was inspired by Bread & Roses’ visioning
process last year. They were particularly interested in the idea of making the organization a hub of the movement for social change in the Delaware Valley. To fulfill this vision, Connie and Terry have led by example.
“We push ourselves to give more each year,” says Connie. “It’s
hard not to react to every good cause that comes along, but
we try to be strategic and contribute the most to groups that work for change instead of putting Band-Aids on problems.”
“When our retirement started, we examined all of the
commitments we’d made and decided that we wanted to step up our support for Bread & Roses,” says Terry. “We’re no longer on the front line, but we can support those who are.”
Connie and Terry view Bread & Roses’ grantmaking process as
a means to distribute their donations to the groups that need them most. And they rely on Bread & Roses to expose them to the energy and commitment of a new generation of activists and organizers.
“Hope is a powerful antidote to the feeling of being beaten
down,” says Connie. “Things will get better the more we collectively tackle the issues that matter.”
“I don’t think I am alone in wanting Bread & Roses to be a
million-dollar organization in the next five years,” says Terry. “There is a role for all of us in that quest by giving as much as we each can.