Today, Giving Tuesday is featuring our President & CEO, Julie Flygare in their #WomenWhoGive series, which celebrates women who are making a difference in their communities.
In this unique post, Julie opens up about what got her started in philanthropy, explaining:
“You could say, a low point in my life inspired me to start giving. After being diagnosed with narcolepsy while in law school, I was surprised to learn that this chronic neurological condition was much more serious than public perceptions…”
Also, when asked why she continues to give back, Julie shared:
“It’s always strange when people thank me for my efforts. Of course I appreciate their appreciation. But honestly, it is the honor and joy of my lifetime to give back to others and help to build a brighter future together. Giving back makes my own experience with this condition worth it.”
What advice might Julie give to others looking to start making a difference in their community?
“My biggest advice would be 1. Do your research and 2. Start anywhere, don’t wait for permission.”
Lastly, Julie describes one of her favorite moments — calling the Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship recipients:
“This past year, when I called one of the Jack & Julie Narcolepsy Scholarship recipients to tell her she’d won the award, she broke down crying…”
Special thanks to board member, Ed Sweet for nominating Julie for this amazing opportunity and to Giving Tuesday for sharing Julie’s story amongst such inspiring female leaders in the philanthropy community.
About Giving Tuesday
Giving Tuesday is a global giving movement that harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address local challenges. It also brings together the collective power of a unique blend of partners— nonprofits, civic organizations, businesses and corporations, as well as families and individuals—to encourage and amplify small acts of kindness. Learn more and get involved: www.givingtuesday.org
About Julie Flygare
Julie Flygare, JD is the Founder and President & CEO of Project Sleep, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about sleep health and sleep conditions. Learn more about Julie and our organization’s leadership: www.project-sleep.com/our-leadership