The people involved in SAGE volunteer thousands of hours per year for nonprofits. They donate money and advocate for causes they care about. They know that giving as little as a few hours or a few dollars every month can help a young person learn to read, develop a love for nature, or secure their first job.

See our StoryTree below for great examples for how people are making a difference.

You can also view more great examples through our Annual ReportsLegacy Fellow SummariesSocial Media, and sign-up for our newsletter.

Through the power of story, we inspire and support people to find their own pathway to volunteer engagement.

If you’re not sure where to get involved, talk to a SAGE Connector. We provide personalized support and make valuable connections.


Jeanne Magmer

Jeanne Magmer

Meet Jeanne Magmer. She's giving forward by helping students with scholarships, grants, and backpacks to get the right start for school.

"I wanted to make a difference for kids by leaving my corner of the world a little bit better for the next generation. Investing in our kids is what really counts."


Bruce Watts

Meet Bruce Watts. He's giving forward by teaching young adults accountability, respect, and integrity.

"Establishing trust with a mentee takes time, but the payoff is worth the investment."

Steve Griffith

Steve Griffith

Meet Steve Griffith. He's giving forward by investing in young leaders and their education.

"We expect young people to listen to us and take our suggestions. Why should we not, in turn, listen to them about how they view the world?"

Mohammad Rahman

Mohammad Rahman

Meet Mohammad Rahman. He's giving forward by investing in children's education around the world.

"Elders have an opportunity to leverage their own gifts from life in order to open doors and create opportunities for children."

Susan Hammer

Susan Hammer

Meet one of our Sages - Susan Hammer. She's giving forward through board service and community leadership.

"When you have more, you have more to give, and that giving brings joy to your life."

Trisha Schultz

Trisha Schultz

Meet one of our Sages - Trisha Schultz. She's giving forward by supporting a community garden on the roof of an apartment building.

"The community garden was a way to... reduce food scarcity, but also to grow the community and I think we've reached both of those goals."

Lori Davidson

Lori Davidson

Meet Lori Davidson. She's giving forward by sharing her skills with Millennials to help them achieve their potential.

"Working side-by-side with young professionals is more fun than you can imagine - I've had some eye-opening conversations with a very diverse group of people - outside of my usual social circles. I'm a better person for it."

Walt M.

Walt Mintkeski

Meet one of our Sages - Walt Mintkeski. His professional and volunteer efforts have helped to preserve water quality and improve energy efficiency for future generations. 

"Recreation re-creates my spirit."


Roberta Schwartz

Meet Roberta Schwarz. She's giving forward by building a park in her home town.

"Make the best of every day."