3 Questions With ... Clarissa B. Evans, Ph.D. in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/12
WGC's 2022 "Our Giving, Our Stories" Series in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month
The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County is proud to continue our support for Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), observed every August! The primary aims of BPM are informing, involving, inspiring and investing in Black philanthropic leadership to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms, for the benefit of our planet, our communities, our organizations and our lives.
One way WGC is doing this is through WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" daily profile Series each August. Each day this month we are sharing daily profiles of incredible women in our community who are giving in so many ways - in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month.
Today, we elevate the voice and story of philanthropist, Clarissa B. Evans, Ph.D.:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
In addition to giving to my church, I am moved to give to activities focused on the education and development of preschoolers and school-age children in our community. Historically, educational excellence has always been a value of the African American community. I find current performance data for African American children upsetting and I want to do what I can to change it. I would love to see Howard County eliminate performance data gaps attributed to race and socioeconomics.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
As a child my parents taught the importance of giving. They modeled sharing their time, talent, and treasure with others in the community. They would take my sister and me with them to visit church members and others who were home sick or shut in. By example, they taught us that we had a responsibility to tithe and give back to the community.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
Find causes that focus on issues that matter to you. And, talk with those already involved and listen for different ways that you may be able to help. Choose approaches that meet a need of the organization and match what you can do to help.
Where do you focus your time, talent, and treasure?
Learn more about the WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" Series celebrating Black Philanthropy Month every day in August 2022.
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