*Blog written by Madeleine Smith, Vice President of Development & Public Relations

The word “philanthropy” is derived from the Greek word roughly meaning “love of mankind.” In the case of Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis, we know our donors are demonstrating their love of and commitment to the girls we serve each year and their health, happiness, and success. If you are among that wonderful group of donors to Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis, please allow me to thank you on behalf of our staff, our Board, and most importantly, the nearly 4,300 girls whose lives have been improved by exposure to Girls Inc. programming in our community in the last year.

November 15 is the National Day of Philanthropy, a day when we, as nonprofits, pause to honor and recognize those individuals and institutions without whom we would not be able to do our work. The timing of this date could not be more appropriate, as we at Girls Inc. Indy set aside the majority of November to thank our donors of all kinds from the previous 12 months.

I have long believed that philanthropy is an important and particularly enduring method of storytelling. When you make a gift – whether that’s a monthly $5 gift or a gift in the six figures – you are making a powerful statement about your values, your hopes and dreams for the community around you, and about the legacy you are leaving behind you. It is such an honor and delight to work with the supporters and volunteers of Girls Inc. of Greater Indianapolis, people and groups who are helping us to tell the story of girls who will grow up healthy, educated, and independent.