3 Questions With ... Donyel G. Bacon in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/23
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, Donyel G. Bacon:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
My family’s legacy of community engagement; and my love of God, people, and self. It’s in my DNA to serve and create access for others to look beyond what they see. What moves me is the possibility of influencing generational outcomes and witnessing how a little civility impacts others.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
Giving and advocating for issues that are important to me began early in life. As a preteen, I raised enough funding to support a peer mentoring group and volunteered to raise awareness regarding women’s health programs after school. Those experiences, alongside my family in leading grassroots initiatives, have led me to become the chartering president of the Junior League of Howard County, whose mission is exclusively educational, philanthropic, and charitable.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
It starts with being mindful of what’s important to you. Take a pause and be intentional about your level of philanthropic support. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and share ideas; be patient with yourself and others. Start small and know that every second of your time and any donation will have long terms effects.
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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