Gloria Jara, Director of Development - Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado
As a mentor program director for the YMCA she had the opportunity to bring a group of at-risk youth to the ocean for their first time. Though it was only 20 minutes away from their neighborhood, the educational field trip would create a positive memory for the youth and leave a lasting impression with Gloria. The expressions on their faces created a catalyzing mission moment which empowers her to stay committed to impacting communities.
Her journey to fund raising and planned giving began 9 years ago through the YMCA of Orange County. For Gloria, the “Y” was about giving the opportunities to those who were in need. She began to understand how she was a connector for donors and non-profits. In her current role at Make-A-Wish Colorado as their Director of Development, she is reminded daily of the smiles and hope that their mission brings to Colorado children with life-threatening medical conditions.
She was honored in 2008 with the YMCA award for “Most Improved Annual Campaign”. In 2013, she received the CPGR award as our Volunteer of the Year. She is grateful to CPGR for all its educational resources and for its multiple opportunities for networking among our diverse professional disciplines.
Family is at the core of Gloria’s values. It is her starting point for reaching out to the world to make a difference. She recommends that each of us find a mission that speaks to our heart. Have a mission moment that makes you go above and beyond everyday. Remember to take the time to be grateful that community’s benefit from the work our organizations do. Key values for Gloria include honesty, respect, and responsibility. These values have laid the foundation for a successful professional career.
Her passions include organizing things, shopping at Nordstrom, enjoying a dessert and dancing.
Gloria feels blessed to have a loving, passionate, and successful mother who continually guides her to do better for others. She continually strives to be an inspiration to her nieces and nephews and hopes to be a small business owner in the future.
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