3 Questions With ... Dianne Polson Oliver in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/30
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 Dianne Polson Oliver:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
At an early age, my parents lit the flame of giving in me. They led by example, always doing for others whenever the need arose. They encouraged my participation in Girls Scouts of America where my involvement in community service was started as well as promoted.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
Since giving is in my DNA, as a very young girl I started giving through and to my church, which I still do. Continuing on the “giving track” after graduating from Morgan State University, I started “giving back” to my undergraduate alma mater financially, as well as my time and talent to the alumni association on the local and national levels. After obtaining my Master’s degree from Bowie State University, I started “giving back” financially to Bowie. For several years I had the opportunity to use my time and talent volunteering as a Reading Tutor for 2nd graders who were at risk of having a reading deficiency. To see the students progress in their reading during the school year was such a rewarding experience, not only for the students but for me as well! I also volunteered my time and talent for several years to help produce a local cable TV program called “Spotlight on Seniors,” first as a Production Assistant and later as Host of the show for a couple of years after the original Host and Co-Host passed away. The show ended its existence in 2017, but for many years it provided educational information to senior citizens on a variety of topics.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
Find something that you are passionate about and go for it. Quite often time and talent are more important than money. One of the greatest rewards is making a difference in someone’s life.
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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