Fifty years ago I visited my first Girls Inc. site, in Stamford, Connecticut. The organization was known at that time as Girls Clubs of America.
What I saw that day changed my life: girls who, though they lived in the midst of an affluent community, had very little in the way of structure and support in their lives, and who depended on Girls Inc. to help them learn basic skills that would head them safely and productively into adulthood.
In the early 1960s I joined the board of the local affiliate, and it was not long after that I was in invited to join the National Board, on which I have served proudly for more than three decades. Most recently, it has been my privilege to serve as Distinguished Chair of this Board, and to remain very involved in helping to secure the long-term stability of the organization. I have always felt that Girls Inc. was well worth my time and input, financially and personally.
Through all these years, Girls Inc. has upheld its commitment-as I have upheld mine-to creating a better future for girls.
It moves me beyond words to have the Girls Inc. planned giving program named in my honor. Nothing would please me more than to see all of those who care about the organization become involved in ensuring its prosperity.
Donna Brace Ogilvie