AUTHOR: Lauren Bagger, IWS Content Writer
Feiji McKay is a meticulous gentleman motivated by strong convictions and his love for helping those in need. His passionate personality is seen in his dedication to the I Will Survive Incorporation. When trying to recall a particular moment where McKay showed his commitment, founder Anisa Palmer was at a loss for only one single worthy story. That is because McKay has always exceeded expectations within and outside of the organization. McKay’s hallmark is that in everything, he finds a way to be exceptionally and extraordinarily good.
When brought onto the IWS Inc. Board of Directors there are a few, but important, qualifications that must be met. One must pay their dues, attend or fundraise for events, attend board meetings, as well as help bring others to the IWS organization’s door. McKay consistently goes above and beyond the required call to action. Not only does he pay his board member dues in full and earlier than expected, but he purchases tickets for events, fundraises, and volunteers his time during IWS Inc. gatherings, never misses board meetings, and works to foster partnerships between local organizations so that IWS Inc. can always be an active participant in their community. His passion for serving others is commendable and his consistent investment in IWS Inc. is what makes him a welcomed fixture on the organization’s Board of Directors. A man like Feiji McKay is someone that every non-profit needs on their team.
There is no accurate way to measure how much Feiji McKay has given to IWS Inc. Thanks to members like McKay, the organization had a fruitful Giving Tuesday this year. McKay, who has an extensive background in IT, partnered with Give Media (now Give Lively), to give the IWS organization their own text-to-give campaign. Texting donation campaigns are a costly but convenient method for accepting donations; however, McKay provided the service to IWS Inc. for free. This year, Giving Tuesday was combined with Georgia Gives to maximize the donation potential for organizations like IWS Inc. McKay’s research and partnerships allowed IWS Inc. to accept more donations than in previous years, acquiring more funding for the organization’s efforts in the future.”
IWS Inc. is grateful to McKay and appreciates the deep relationship he has forged with the foundation. The organization has been involved with McKay and his family since 2012 when McKay’s close cousin, Paris Murphy, was diagnosed with breast cancer and thyroid cancer. The organization stepped in, offering the entrepreneur financial and emotional support, and McKay took note of their significance in the lives of those diagnosed with cancer. His cousin, who served on IWS Inc.’s Board of Directors as well, is now a proud survivor, and since her arrival at IWS Inc., McKay has made sure to give back to the organization so that others can utilize their services too.
McKay lives by example. He is a leader in his own life, constantly aligning himself with those who cannot fully help themselves. He is a family man who extends a helping hand to those close to him, as well as those in his peripheral. When he is not at the IWS Inc. office, or working in his profession, he is visiting sick family and community members and offering many ways of support. McKay has found a new family within the IWS organization. His year-long presence has left an impactful impression and his altruism, grounded in honorable morality, has not gone unnoticed. To find a man like Feiji McKay is rare. Being kind and giving is always appreciated, but within McKay, there is a determined work ethic to implement change.
McKay, like many people, acts with intention, but unlike others he expects his intentions to become executable actions. Actions that are beneficial in the short and the long term. Feiji McKay is being honored as IWS Inc.’s Board Member Of The Year not only because he stands out as one of the organization’s hardest workers, but because he is a personable and generous man who uses his wits, experience, money, time, and grace to give long-lasting services that will impact his community for the times to come.