Donor: Per Webster’s Dictionary, a donor is one that gives, donates, or presents something. The origin of the word is Middle English donoure, from Anglo-French doneur, from Latin donator, from donare; First Known Use: 15th century. But a mere definition doesn’t truly capture the meaning of the word. To those of us at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Los Angeles Harbor, a donor is the lifeblood of the organization. Without our donors we could not survive. Without our donors our 8000+ members would not have a place to go and participate in the over 35 programs we offer in our 17 locations. If the past is any indication of the present, over half of the 244 seniors in the College Bound Class of 2011 would have dropped out of high school instead of graduating. And hundreds of youth would not receive free one on one music lessons provided in our Comprehensive Arts program or have the opportunity to participate in one of our athletic programs, leadership clubs, recording studios, or computer labs.
To us, a donor is an Angel. Someone who gives of themselves to help others; someone who makes a personal sacrifice for the betterment of the youth of our community. A donor may come in many different packages. Many donors provide financial resources to the organization that allow us to operate on a daily basis. Others may donate goods and services that help us keep our operating expenses reasonable. Many volunteer their time to serve as tutors for homework, mentors to youth who can benefit from an adult role model, and coaches to our sports teams. Some donate their time and serve dinners at our special Thanksgiving Dinners for our members and their families. Some donors donate toys for Christmas. Donors can be an Individual, a Company, a Corporation, or a Foundation. We are fortunate to have a dedicated group of men and women who serve on our Board of Directors and generously donate their time and resources.
We are truly grateful for all of our donors. While the size of a donation may vary, an Angel is an Angel. Thank you for being an Angel in our community. Thank you for supporting the children who need us most, now more than ever.