Diane Benjamin

Diane Benjamin

How did you get involved with Headwaters?

Diane Benjamin (along with her partner Naomi Siegal), has been a monthly donor to Headwaters for 13 years. "I was employed at a place that had a United Way campaign and a lot of organizations I was interested in supporting weren't on that list. I noticed that Headwaters had started a new monthly giving program, so I decided to sign up for that."

What social justice issues are most important to you and why?

Racial equality, gay and lesbian civil rights, environmental justice and peace issues. Why? Because I'm a human being on the planet and committed to making the world a better place. I have many concerns and interests that I'm not involved in personally, but I still care about. This is a way to support a broad range of things I believe in -- way more than I could actively be engaged in at any one time.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I am a Senior Associate with Frameworks Institute. We help nonprofits work more effectively on social issues by researching how people think about race, education, early childhood development, the role of government, etc. We work with advocates in the field to translate that research so they can apply it to their work and hopefully generate a better public conversation and better policies.

What do you like about being a monthly auto donor?

It's so simple. I know it's happening. I feel really good about it. I don't have to remember or come up with a lot of money all at once. I would never be able to just write a check for the amount that I'm giving annually.

What does giving do for you-what role does it play in your life?

I feel like it extends my commitment into organizations and issues I may not even be aware of but I feel like I'm participating. I get [Headwaters] publications and read about what you're doing and say "Oh I didn't even know about that." I like that.