Ron was a generous, kind, hilarious, brilliant, opinionated, friendly and compassionate person who cared deeply about healing the world. This fund continues his legacy.
Ron cared deeply about social justice and helping others. The Ron S! Charitable Fund was established by the family to continue Ron’s spirit of giving to organizations that serve the people of our country and around the world. The charity was founded with seed money from Ron’s estate and has supported more than 20 causes so far and has raised or given away over $40,000.
Our charity will partner with an established organization to support a specific cause. This year we are committed to raising $4000 for a new medical technology for Temple University Hospital called a Cuddle Cot. It’s a type of bassinet that can be used to hold the body of a newborn infant who dies at birth or shortly after so that the body will remain intact long enough for the family to grieve until such time they are ready to let go. The Cuddle Cot brings comfort to parents in time of great need when struggling with such a difficult loss. Since Ron died, his mom has a special place in her heart for grieving mothers and families. She started a support group for grieving moms, Moms Rising Together and is always aware of the profound grief of child loss at any age under any circumstance. The Cuddle Cot is not part of the hospital budget but only given through private donations. Many hospitals in affluent areas have one, so we chose Temple University Hospital for our donation since they serve a more economically challenged population of the city. Watch a video on the Cuddle Cot or read an article to learn more. You can donate to the cause at the GoFundMe page for the Ron S! Charitable Fund.
Last year we exceeded our goal of $3700 to bring a new technology called Virtual Dementia to PPH (the Philadelphia Protestant Home). This program allows family members caring for their loved ones stricken with Alzheimer’s to experience a simulation of what it is like to have the disease, and better understand how they can help them manage the condition. PPH will also use the Virtual Dementia program to train staff members to improve the care provided to people who are diagnosed with dementia/Alzheimer’s. This video is short yet informative: Virtual Dementia program explained.
In 2017 our art sale fundraiser raised over $5000 in partnership with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The AFSP received 75% of the money and 25% went to the Ron S! Charitable Fund. The art auctioned off at the fundraiser was part of Ron’s personal collection.
Donations can be given directly to a recipient organization of your choice by clicking a link on the list below on this page. Any time we exceed a financial goal, the money remains in the fund so that we can continue to make modest distributions on Ron’s birthday.
Ron died on Christmas Day, December 25, 2015. His birthday is January 6. Those days or anytime during the holiday season would be especially meaningful for contributions to the fund in Ron’s honor.
The Ron S! Charitable Fund
Ron was well aware of his ability to provide for himself, offer special gifts and experiences for his loved ones, and give to others doing good work for people in society. He had a natural ability to uplift everyone around him. More than just providing financial assistance, Ron took a real interest in people, building and restoring relationships, showing up for special events, and arranging times for friends and family to get together.
Ron was a compassionate person deeply committed to causes for social justice. He was an ally and supporter of his LGBTQ colleagues at SAP, where he worked. He had a strong commitment to racial equality, immigrant rights, helping marginalized people, and reducing the toll that gun violence has taken on our country.
The causes Ron supported, and those the family has donated to in his name, are listed below.