"I am convinced that courage is the most important of all the virtues. Because without courage, you cannot practice any other virtue consistently." Maya Angelou
This month, as I reflect on our activities, I am reminded of these words of Maya Angelou. Indeed, courage is the first step before a giant leap; it is the corner before turning onto a newer and more powerful self.
We closed our fall granting deadline on October 17. As our staff and an incredible team of reviewers are currently reading through stories of first steps, resiliency, and big dreams, I am reminded that it takes courage to dream and say yes to ourselves, to move confidently towards our big wild goals. It takes courage to sit and write an application, not entirely sure who will read it and whether they would share the promise of your vision as clearly as you do. Bravo to our 2021 fall grant applicants!
It is a busy world we live in; we all have multiple demands and competing priorities. It takes courage to give time outside of our daily lives to refer girls, read through applications, and serve as ambassadors. It takes courage to impact a girl's sense of self-efficacy and success. Thank you to our mentors and advocates, ambassadors, and volunteers, for your passion and commitment.
It takes courage to depart Delaware at 6am on March 3 to walk eight months, 3600 miles across America (full story below). I hope this story inspires you to take bold, courageous steps in all ways, big and small. We at ABF applaud you, Erin, and Chris, for inspiring us to live more daringly.
We have much to write about the courage our founder, Ann Bancroft, consistently demonstrates. It is why we proudly and loudly celebrate her induction into the Minnesota Women Business Owners Hall of Fame. Congratulations, Ann!!
To our supporters, thank you for fueling courage, especially as we look towards the end of the year and what is to come in 2022. We cannot do this work without your generous support, both financially and all the other ways you invest in our mission and trust us to execute on it. This November 18 is Give to the Max Day. We hope you will continue to support our work and help us spark more courageous dreams and actions of Minnesota girls!