3 Questions With ... Darrah Hall in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/14
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, Darrah Hall:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
I live by Maya Angelou's mantra. "You shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands. You need to be able to
throw something back." I hope I am throwing something back to those in my community who need a helping hand. Early in life, I was encouraged by my parents to give my time, talent and financial resources to make a difference in the lives of others.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
I started giving to issues of importance to me when I joined the Howard County Foundation for Black Educational and Cultural Achievement, Inc. In 1980. As a teacher, I knew of many students who needed financial help to get them started in college. This was an opportunity for me to give my financial resources to a worthy cause because 100 percent of every contribution goes to students for scholarships.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
Find a purpose that you are passionate about. There are many ways that you can give back and support your community. I hope that I am genuine and wholehearted when I offer and take friends, and neighbors to their doctor's appointments, to their treatments, to purchase groceries, or purchase groceries for them.
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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