Agency Increases Nonprofit Donation to Break Record Fundraising Amount

Agency Increases Nonprofit Donation to Break Record Fundraising Amount

June, 02 2023

By: Fran Freeland Yanity

I love having a positive impact on society and those around me.

To be able to work in a business environment that shares this belief is a true blessing.

As the nonprofit spring fundraising season comes to a close, I am grateful for being part of the Noisy Trumpet and PM Group family of companies that give so much back to our community.

For the past few months, I have had the honor to serve as chair for JDRF’s “Fund A Cure” efforts in San Antonio helping raise funds to cure, prevent, and treat Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) and its complications. Thanks to the incredible team supporting the effort, the 2023 Promise Ball and Golf Tournament raised over $1.4M with a net of $978,457.92. It was a record-breaking year for fundraising!

Following the successful event weekend, the JDRF Board gathered to review the incredible results. While we were immensely proud of the funds raised, we agreed that reaching $1 million net in research funds would further our mission tremendously – we were so close to breaking the record! Amidst the discussion, my business partner Bob Wills, asked if our companies could donate ANOTHER $25,000, on top of the $160,000 in sponsorships and “Fund A Cure” donations we already committed, so that JDRF could surpass this goal. The suggestion was met with complete awe – the room was blown away and erupted in tears and cheers. No one could remember the last time JDRF South Central Texas had raised over $1M net for research.

Achieving this milestone, however, is not just about a successful fundraising campaign – finding a cure is deeply important to me.

My family history with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) spans almost 100 years.

Type 1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease that can run in families with a genetic predisposition to it.

My grandfather, Charles Johnston Freeland, Jr., was diagnosed at the age of 16 in 1931. Even though he received cutting-edge care during The Great Depression at renown hospitals across the country from his home, so much was unknown about the management of this terrible disease. He passed away unexpectedly at the age of 57 in 1972, a big loss for our family.

Since that time, we’ve had a niece diagnosed with T1D, then our daughter, Leighton, was diagnosed on May 16, 2020, at the age of 11.  While my grandfather was diagnosed at the dawn of survivability of this disease, shortly after insulin was discovered, my daughter was diagnosed on the cusp of a cure thanks to JDRF.

Since its founding in 1970, JDRF has dramatically altered the trajectory of this awful disease for millions of people diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. From the artificial pancreas to the continuous glucose monitor (CGM), and stem cell research, JDRF has led the way in funding life-changing research.

JDRF is my personal passion project.

I am blessed to work for a group of companies that supports JDRF and is pushing for a cure as much as I am.



Based in San Antonio, Noisy Trumpet is an integrated digital marketing and public relations agency that leverages audience insights to craft messaging and creative that elevate brands as leaders across marketing channels. Founded in 2018, Noisy Trumpet helps clients identify new and relevant opportunities to engage and connect with their target audience through digital marketing and advertising, website development, social media management, and public relations.

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