By Ann Gill (M.A., ’76)
Gift of Adoption is a national charity that raises funds to help unite more kids in need with a permanent family and support families trying to adopt. Since its creation in 1996, this national organization has awarded adoption assistance grants totaling $7.1 million, which have helped complete the adoptions of nearly 2,500 children. Gift of adoption prioritizes grants that fund adoptions of the most vulnerable children, such as those with critical medical needs or at risk of aging out of orphanages or foster care, as well as adoptions that keep siblings together.
Danielle Probst (B.S., ’05) serves on the board of directors of the Colorado chapter of the organization and is a wonderful advocate for its work. While at Colorado State, she developed a passion for helping children. Her major was Human Development and Family Studies, and she worked with Early Head Start and volunteered in an elementary classroom.
Her career has taken her from talent recruiter for several organizations, including Vail Resorts, to her current position as Vice President of Human Resources at Inspirato, a leading luxury hospitality company that manages, staffs, and maintains an exclusive collection of vacation homes. These homes are located in popular vacation spots, such as Vail, Grand Cayman, and Tuscany.
Her volunteer role at Gift for Adoption continues this stalwart Ram’s commitment to children, “helping more families adopt and giving more children in need a nurturing home.” This year, the goal of the Colorado chapter is to help children in need have permanent families in Colorado by funding all grant requests. Danielle’s passion makes this laudable goal seem reachable. As she explains, “Adoption immediately and permanently changes the trajectory of a child’s life.”