Some of my earliest memories of philanthropy come from my parents. I vividly remember their insistence that I gave not just money, but my time and my talents.

My Dad, a Lutheran pastor, and my mom, a nurse, were serious but cheerful philanthropists.

They believed if you’ve been given something, it was your responsibility to make the world a better place.  

It’s a model that my husband Randy and I have happily passed on to our children, Chris and Meagan.

One of the common misconceptions that I hear about philanthropy is that you have to be able to give a lot of money to make a difference, but this simply isn’t true.

Every gift, just like every person, is important.

In my role as CEO of Mosaic, which provides services for more than 3,700 people with intellectual disabilities in the United States, I’ve been honored with the chance to meet with hundreds of people who believed our mission was worthy of donating their time and money to.

It’s a truly humbling experience to hear the stories of the men and women who give to Mosaic because they believe the people we support have gifts that the world needs.

I know that each person I meet, including every person Mosaic supports, can make the world a better place by giving. Always remember that your gifts matter to the organizations you support, especially in days like this when it feels like the world is falling apart.

Together, we can make the world a better place!

Linda Timmons is the president and CEO of Mosaic, which provides services for people with intellectual disabilities in 10 states and internationally.