3 Questions With ... Gerry B. Taylor in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/6
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, Gerry B. Taylor:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
Giving back to the community was modeled by my mother years ago. It is in my DNA. As a retired educator, it has been a constant drive to elevate African American children performing below grade level to succeed academically. Providing my time, resources and encouragement has made noticeable differences in the live of children and parents.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
My focus has been equitable education for African American children. As a parent advocate after retirement, educational assistance was often provided in needed situations. Noticing the disparities among many of our African American students, in the past in terms of academic preparedness, heightens the need of founding the organization, the Bronze Villagers, Inc., which offspring is our PAAC Kollege (Parent of African American Children Kollege) which train parents to teach their child sensory stimulation, reading, mat, and knowledge enhancement to make a radical change in preparing our children for Kindergarten .
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
My advice would be to think about what you are passionate about and lean in on one thing that you can contribute or give to someone or an organization. Start small and gradually increase your time and resources over a period. Giving back can be exhilarating.
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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