If you want to stump Henri Banks, ask her to remember
a time when she didn't volunteer.
"I've always been extremely involved in community
service," says the assistant director of special
projects in Hopkins Medicine's public affairs office.
"If I didn't need to work and could just volunteer,
that would be my life."
Giving is hardly something Banks does to be trendy
(she once spent the sole dollar in her wallet on
a cup of coffee for a homeless man). But a commitment
she made last year has thrust her into the growing
ranks of women nationwide who not only want to make
substantial charitable contributions, but to target
and shape how the contributons are used.
"More women are giving sizeable
contributions to charity and shaping how they're used."