It should never be taken lightly when one donates their money to whatever it is that you seeking help for. There are a million causes out there and diabetes is but one disease state. According to the National Center for Charitable Statistics, there are over 1.5 million nonprofit organizations in the United States.

1.5 million!

So what is so important that someone should hand over their hard-earned money to support your cause? What is so good about the way you are doing things that they would want to give to your cause? Remember this the next time you ask someone to support you. Remember that they don't "have to" do anything. They do it because they believe in whatever is it that you believe in. They believe in the job you are doing. You have made it such that they want to support your work. I have said it a million times — just don't do nothing!

I think there are a lot of people out there doing great things. Look around you. Realize just how wonderful the people are who donate to your organization, event, and/or undertaking. I love the supporters of the DRI and not just because they give. Heaven knows there are quite a few diabetes organizations out there, and to those who fund them (and I know many), I love them as well. They are all a "people person," just like Joel.

The people involved in the DRI are also the voice in how things are done around here. You can pick up the phone anytime and talk to anyone. This is your DRI. Where else do you know that the President and CEO shows up at a neighborhood pig roast, or the head of the entire Institute spends time on Facebook answering questions because a parent wants to know? It's not done with legions of PR people (we do not have "legions" of anything). They do it because they want to do it. It's about people when it comes to diabetes.

So ask yourself this, "Am I the type of donor that can expect a call back if I call the head person?" Do you feel that if you gave much more money, you would be respected more? If you do not like your answers to those questions, you might want to look somewhere else.

Because, at the end of the day, the only way we will cure this disease is if we continue to fund the science. But it has to be a science of people. People who will listen, one at a time. A real people-person type of organization, just like my brother-in-law Joel was all of his life. R.I.P. Joel. The cure you wanted for your niece and nephew will be found because we operate like you did, as a people person. I only wish everyone did so, and I only wish that you could be here to see that day. I love you Brother, we'll miss you, and thank you for everything. I'm a Diabetes Dad.

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dLife's Viewpoints columnists are not all medical experts, but everyday people living with diabetes and sharing their personal experiences, most often at a set point in time. While their method of diabetes management may work for them, everyone is different. Please consult with your diabetes care team before acting on anything you read here to find out what will work best for you.

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