Gail Lowry now works every day for something that’s remained a passion of hers throughout time — philanthropy.
Lowry left her job as vice president of development and alumni engagement at Franklin College in January after four years in the role and took a job at Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana.
At the college, one of her duties was raising money for the college’s annual fund and other projects, including getting donors to fund the new Barnes Hall science building campaign.
During her time at the college, Lowry, along with leadership and other staff members, raised $8.3 million for the science campaign. She also started the annual “Give to Griz” donating campaign.
Lowry said she left Franklin College because it became an opportune time, professionally and personally, to change her vocation.
“It was time to invite change and embrace it,” she said. “I love philanthropy, and love the people I get to talk to, to work with. It’s truly all about building relationships.”
Lowry, who serves as senior director of philanthropy for Gleaners Food Bank, is passionate about three world issues: health, welfare and education. And Gleaners touches on all three of them.
The organization serves 21 of Indiana’s 92 counties and is one of the largest food banks in the nation. Gleaners serves Hoosiers of all ages in central and southeast Indiana with multiple food programs, including one that provides meals on weekends for food-insecure children when they aren’t in school and one that fights senior hunger through meals.
Lowry said she likes what she does not only because it impacts the lives of real people — but because it’s rewarding to her, too.
“You can measure it,” she said. “You know if you did a good job and if you articulated the goals well by looking at what came out of it.”
Although less than a month into her new role, Lowry said she is excited to be working for a company that is so important to Indiana and the people it serves. Gleaners was recently awarded a $10 million grant by the Lilly Endowment to make sure the organization has money to feed off of for years to come.
“We’re all fired by some passion that supercharges us to get out of bed every day,” she said. “And this is one of mine.”