Washington Area Women's Foundation

Grey's goes philanthropy.

I love Grey’s Anatomy, even more than I love Google and Goodsearch.  I agree completely with Oprah, when she says, "If you’re not watching Grey’s, you’re nowhere."


And now there’s even more to love, because they’re taking on some philanthropy-related issues through one of my favorite characters, Izzy.

Background (for those of you who don’t watch it yet, but will, after this resounding endorsement blog):  Izzy is a surgical intern, and is always in trouble because she’s getting too emotionally involved with her patients (For you old schoolers out there, think female version of Dr. Carter in ER).  In sum, she fell in love with one, got engaged, he died but left her with $8.7 million which she, last night, used a portion of to pay for a life-changing but uninsured operation for a young woman.

At which point Dr. Bailey, her resident, got very, very angry.  "You are still too emotionally involved," she said, with great authority, because she’s Dr. Bailey. 

But in the end, Izzy gave a speech which, to me, summed up the heart and soul of good giving. 

"I’m both," she told Bailey.  "I’m a surgeon, and I’m someone who gets emotionally involved.  I’m both.  And I won’t apologize for it."

Good for you Izzy.  Because doing good and good giving are about just that…"first with the head, then with the heart"*…

*Shout out to Bryce Courtenay’s The Power of One.

  • Henry

    Great entry and good blog. Keep it up!

  • http://www.thewomensfoundation.org Lisa Kays

    Thanks for the feedback Henry! Glad you’re enjoying it and we hope you’ll continue to stop by and let us know what you think!