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Giving Tuesday—A Way to Give Back
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Julie Fabsik-Swarts


On November 27, the NPA will appeal to its members, its friends and the postdoc community to join the movement known as Giving Tuesday. It’s a simple idea—that during the time of year when we recognize, in the United States, what we are thankful for in our lives, we come together with our families, our communities, our companies, and our organizations to find a way to give back and share our good fortune.

 

“The NPA is doing an outstanding job—thank you for everything!”

 

Giving Tuesday heart with NPA logo

Help support the NPA through Giving Tuesday.

Giving back to postdocs and postdoc administration

In 2018, with the dollars raised during the last campaign, we were able to conduct and publish Supporting the Needs of Postdocs: 2017 National Postdoctoral Association Institutional Policy Report, Parents in the Pipeline: Retaining Postdoctoral Researchers with Families, and provide programs for postdocs and postdoc administrators such as the myPostdoc Monthly and myPDO Monthly webinars.

 

“Giving Tuesday is one of the best ways that postdocs can engage with their community and help create change at a national level by providing monetary support to the NPA, which we use to directly further our research and advocacy work in the postdoc community,” said Tracy Costello, PhD, chair of the Board of Directors.

 

“It is also a wonderful opportunity for the NPA to demonstrate to funders, decision makers, and other critical stakeholders that our members are behind the work we are doing. Please join me this year in advancing the work of the NPA. No gift is too small to show your support,” Costello added.

 

Monica Javidnia, PhD

Javidnia finds connection through the NPA.

A Postdoc Story

Monica Javidnia, PhD, studied pharmacology at Georgetown University where she received her doctorate degree. When she completed it she moved to the University of Rochester almost overnight and her world changed dramatically. Not only was she now studying how to cure Parkinson's disease but she was overwhelmed with the all of life’s changes.

 

In the midst of this stress, “I received nice email from her postdoc office which invited her to learn about all of the benefits the National Postdoctoral Association offered,” said Javidnia.

 

“Having the support of the NPA was comforting during a time I really felt like I was in such limbo,” she added. “It is nice to know that someone is looking out for postdocs and the challenges we face.”

 

Since that time, Javidnia has started to attend NPA webinars and read the The POSTDOCket. She participated in National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, won a travel award, and plans to attend the NPA Annual Conference next April.

 

“The NPA is doing an outstanding job—thank you for everything!”

 

Hand adding coins to glass jar

No gift is too small. Please consider a donation, no matter the size, to support NPA in improving the postdoctoral experience.

No gift is too small!

In this, the third year NPA has participated in giving Tuesday, we encourage you to consider donating towards the postdoctoral community. Giving Tuesday comes after Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday to dedicate a day to charity and having an impact on making the world a better place. It transitions the spirit of Thanksgiving into a practical collective coming together in community and philanthropy. Giving to the NPA focuses your gift on improving the postdoctoral experience and giving us the ability to make the voices and circumstances of postdocs known.

 

As a small nonprofit organization, the NPA must continue to find support to be able to provide resources for and advocate on behalf of postdocs—we need your help! Your tax-deductible donation for 2018 Giving Tuesday campaign will help the NPA continue to:

  • study the state of postdocs in the United States
  • provide an expert voice in advocating for postdocs nationally
  • provide ongoing professional and career development resources to postdocs

Please help send the message that the members of the NPA believe in the work it is doing. Donations can be made at: 2018 Giving Tuesday.

 

Julie Fabsik-Swarts, MS, CFRE, CAP, is the executive director of the NPA.

 

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