When Debra and Mark Snider first heard about Reading In Motion and started looking into supporting RIM’s work, they were excited that it matched their passions and interests. “Literacy is what I care about more than anything else. I honestly think the ability and desire to read have enormous benefits both for the individual and for society,” says Debra, an author and speaker formerly of Chicago. Debra and Mark, who practiced internal medicine for 25 years and now teaches and tutors at the college level, live near Las Vegas. “I also like the connection to music, drama and dance,” Debra adds. “I think the arts tend to get short-shrift, and I feel pretty strongly about them.”
The Sniders have been supporters of Reading In Motion for more than 10 years, and Debra has worked with RIM on an organizational design project, served on the Board of Directors and is currently a member of the Executive Council. Besides reading and the arts, RIM’s commitment to results has also kept the Sniders engaged.
“The other aspect (Executive Director) Karl Androes and therefore the organization understood right from the beginning is that audited results, proven and indisputable, are most compelling,” Debra says. “RIM can point to actual results from its children. It’s very compelling to not have to think you’re doing a good thing but to know you actually are.”
Debra’s passion for literacy led her to volunteer to tutor adults at one point, “but honestly I’m just not cut out for it. The limited amount I could do was way less than I could accomplish in donating to an organization like Reading In Motion,” she says. “I’m a believer in putting my money where my interests are. I know that Reading In Motion is achieving results that are measureable.”
The Sniders may have moved far from Chicago – to the mountains and sunshine of Nevada, Debra says – but they remain connected to RIM and have recommended it to friends and colleagues looking for organizations to support.
“I know that that money is well spent and is going to improve the lives of people that otherwise wouldn’t be improved,” says Debra, formerly a transactional lawyer and corporate senior executive. “It’s extremely personally satisfying because I feel like I’m doing something to help disadvantaged children become more advantaged adults.”