Partnership that reaches around the world
Jay Ingram partners with PATH—and the people we serve—through a monthly, sustaining gift. Photo: Courtesy of Jay Ingram.
Jay Ingram’s Michigan home is a few thousand miles removed from PATH’s headquarters in Seattle, and even farther from our work in places like Kenya and Cambodia. But the 37-year-old computer programmer is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people in the world’s poorest countries. As a PATH Partner—a group of highly committed individuals who make sustaining monthly gifts to PATH—he has made that passion a part of everyday life.
Inspired by a trip to Brazil, where he witnessed life in a different culture and discovered a new need to expand his global awareness, Jay went searching for philanthropic opportunities to link him to communities throughout the world. “Look how far PATH’s efforts are reaching,” Jay says. “It doesn’t seem like that much of a reach from Dearborn Heights to Seattle to support you.”
Jay connected with PATH through the Charity Navigator website, which consistently gives PATH the highest possible rating for sound fiscal management. Reading about PATH’s “point-of-care” diagnostic tests, which provide quick results without a visit to a clinic, convinced him to partner with PATH.
In June 2006, Jay made his first gift to PATH, scheduling an ongoing monthly contribution that fit his financial plan as well as his desire to make a sustained and lasting difference. “I want to make sure that my commitment is steady and that I’m doing what I intended to do,” Jay explains, “and that it just doesn’t fall through the cracks. [Monthly giving] is a responsible way to give, for yourself and for the organization that you’re giving to.”
Jay continues to be a steady supporter of PATH’s work and a partner in the fight for health equity. He appreciates PATH’s diverse and broad-reaching mission to improve the health of people all over the world and is a vital member of the team making positive change.
“We have it better than we realize in this country,” Jay says. No matter how bad the economy is, he continues, “I know that people have it a lot worse around the world. We shouldn’t be afraid to be generous.”
Spoken like a true partner for improving global health.