Giving Fuels the Soul

Lauren standing in door wayMy name is Lauren Davis, and I work at Dignity Health’s San Francisco corporate office as the manager for media relations & issues management. When interviewing for my position a few years ago, I asked each person on my team to describe the culture at Dignity Health. In each of their responses, a common thread soon became clear – the organization and its employees are driven by an incredible mission. Only weeks into my job, I also found this to be true.

Outside of my role at Dignity Health, a few things my colleagues may not know about me are that I’ve traveled to 18 countries, I love photography and cooking, and I have a dog named Dakota. Something you also may not know is that I am an active participant in Dignity Health’s employee giving program. When I first made the choice to support one of the organization’s funds, the second choice was even harder – which one to support. I finally decided on the Greatest Need Fund, which my background in charity marketing told me would have the greatest impact – wherever it was needed most!

Unlike many of those who benefit from this fund, I am very lucky to be in a position where my family can easily access health care services without going into financial ruin. It’s important to me that other families within my community also have ready access to health services, regardless of cost.

One of my favorite quotes is from Winston Churchill, who said: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Regardless of the amount, giving consistently fuels the soul. And because it is taken out of my paycheck automatically, I hardly notice it’s gone!

I’m proud to work for an organization that supports the community I live in and makes a difference in thousands of lives each year I’d like to encourage my colleagues and challenge them to consider giving to the fund that they feel the strongest connection with.