Few have committed to helping Wellspring more than William (Bill) Boyle. Inspired to join the board of directors in 2002 by then Board President Ted McDowell, Bill served as a director for three consecutive terms until 2011. And today, more than 20 years later, he remains incredibly dedicated to the organization by inspiring others to join in supporting Wellspring through collaborative fundraising efforts.
“You could say I’m hooked on Wellspring,” said Boyle recently from his home in Australia. “I remember the first time I heard a member speak about the organization, and that was all it took to ignite my passion. Even after all these years, when I hear that Wellspring changed someone’s life or when they say they couldn’t have gone on without Wellspring, it still touches my heart and keeps me inspired to help.”
Bill has contributed numerous matching gift opportunities, including the $50K Bill Boyle Matching Gift Campaign in 2016, encouraging annual donors to give at a leadership level. In addition, in 2018, he introduced The Initiators Campaign with a matching gift to encourage support for program innovation at Wellspring. This past year, he provided a matching donation to inspire Wellspring members, volunteers, program leaders, and staff to join in financially supporting specific programs as part of the Family Circle Campaign. And his giving continues.
“I have always been impressed by the way Wellspring actively listens to the needs of its members – whether it be regarding finances, children, and mobility issues or even recently with the need to provide virtual programs when the pandemic closed the centres. For example, I had no idea about some particular challenges cancer patients were experiencing, like crippling fatigue or breathlessness. But year after year, Wellspring quickly and continually develops new programs that alleviate these needs and more. They play such an important role in filling the vital gaps that the medical system cannot provide.
“This year, I have chosen to support the Cancer Transition Coach program as part of the new Adopt-A-Program initiative. This program introduced a few years ago through Initiators funding has been incredibly successful, helping hundreds make a smooth transition in their lives away from active treatment and follow-up care. With no government funding, Wellspring relies on corporate and individual donations to sustain its operations. So, by ‘adopting’ this particular program, I will be ensuring that this program continues to grow and evolve for those who will turn to Wellspring for help in the years to come.
“The empathy and dedication continually shown by the Wellspring staff together with the voices of those who say how much Wellspring is needed, is what motivates my giving. It is what drives me to encourage others to support Wellspring’s important endeavours.”