3 Questions With ... Lauren Perkins-Tillman in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/10
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, Lauren Perkins-Tillman:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
I think what moves me to give both inside and outside of my profession is truly to share the blessings that I have benefitted from all of my life with communities and people who make this world a better place. My optimism for a better future for all is truly what moves me to do any of this work each and every day. Not only for my family but for others around me.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
I have always been the type of person connected holistically to the societal issues and community challenges that people of color in particular face even as a young girl. I was always compelled to helping others see through those challenges. I would always volunteer to help both students and adults struggling to become educated. The fire was lit for me to become an educator myself growing up and seeing my own parents excel as educational powerhouses. I was raised to never give up on trying to change the world one step at a time through reflection and learning. I appreciate them for that so much.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
The advice that I would give for those wanted to get into this work is first let your interests guide you. If you are firm in your beliefs about change agency...then your passion will map out your course. Also hold your self accountable for the small but efficient opportunities you create and how they turn out. Remind yourself frequently that you matter and the work that you do matters. If you are not your own biggest cheerleader ... no one else will be.
Learn more about the WGC's "Our Giving, Our Stories!" Series celebrating Black Philanthropy Month every day in August 2022.
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