Why I Give by Susan Murphy

 

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“I have been involved with the Oak Park & River Forest Day Nursery for over 25 years – as a Board Member, President of the Board, and Liason to the Advisory Council. I am currently serving another term as a Board Member. Why? Because I strongly believe that all children have potential, and the sooner they are encouraged and engaged in their learning, the more likely they are to achieve that potential.

Years ago I was actively involved in the second largest school district in Illinois (Elgin). Someone told me, “You can’t save them (students) all.” To which I responded, “I am not trying to save them all — I am trying to get them what they need to save themselves.”

The Day Nursery gives children the tools they need to succeed. And with that thought in mind I have included the Day Nursery in my estate plan as a charitable gift at the end of my life. In this way I can continue to give to the Day Nursery so that they may continue to prepare children for their lives.

Supporting the Day Nursery does make a difference.”

Susan is very modest. She is truly a champion of the Day Nursery children and families, and uses every opportunity she can to share of herself. Her generosity extends beyond what you might expect, to all areas of the organization. For example, every season, Susan makes sure the lobby is filled with colorful, child-centered festive decorations, adorned with each child’s name. But, more than a child’s name on a snowflake, Susan has created opportunities for learning and discovery. Imagine being able to recognize how your name looks in print or recognizing how your friends name starts with the same letter as yours. It’s those tiny details that mean so much for the children. “Ms. Susan” has achieved rock-star status with the 2-5 year old Day Nursery crowd…

Susan, thank you for all you do to unlock their potential!

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