3 Questions With ... Kim M. Lightfoot in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/19
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, Kim L. Lightfoot:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
Giving was a foundational aspect of my upbringing. My mother actively provided and shared with others and expressed to me how much it meant to her when others had given to her. The items, amount, or specifics were not important. It was the open-heartedness and the ability to provide a space for someone else to flourish. I have never forgotten that feeling, the warmth, shared joy, and I have worked to continue on that path.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
As a Howard University (HU) college student in the early 90’s, I learned of some of the challenges impacting elementary school students. As a member of the community, I felt it was my duty to assist. I developed a successful math tutoring program for 3rd- 5th grade students with low standardized test scores. After the first semester, other HU students joined the program. This allowed the program to expand to other subject areas (even Fine Arts).
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
I believe we all give of our time, talent, and resources in varying degrees. It is important to acknowledge what you are currently doing in these areas when considering new intentional giving. I can think of two distinct types of intentional giving back that works for most: 1. Enhance a current area of interest: lean-in a little deeper; how can you be more impactful? 2. Get involved in a new area: what would you like to know/learn more about and are able to devout some time?
Ultimately, have fun and know that you are appreciated.
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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