3 Questions With ... Rashel Taylor in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/21
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, Rashel Taylor:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
Nonprofits in this county are designed to cover and support gaps that our government and system are not adequately supporting. I believe in showing up for our nonprofits so that they can do their work well and so that the work they do is reaching community in a way they need it to. By being so involved in the community, and also being a part of the demographic that most nonprofits service, I am able to bring a cultural and community awareness to the work in a way that can help us better meet needs in a more appropriate way. Seeing people be able to get the immediate reliefs they need from these nonprofits brings me hope for better to come, and a peace of mind, because there are different points in my life where I needed those same supports too.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
I have been volunteering in spaces that are important to me since I was in high school. I would walk after school to the local elementary school to support the kindergarten classes, and worked with organizations like Black Student Achievement Program and The Council of Elders. I was a student that benefited from the support of these programs and I always believed in giving back to the spaces that helped ensure I had a village that believed in me. In terms of financial contributions, that came about 5 years ago, once I was in a financial space myself to donate the little that I could to these organizations. Being on a board is another level of contribution and I have been a part of them for about 3 years now.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
Give back in a way that you can. There are so many things that organizations need to be successful, and there is a way for most people to be there. But whatever you decide to do, be honest with yourself and the organization in how you can show up. If you say you can table events and can bring x amount of people out to something, then do your very best to hold your word. Most nonprofits are struggling to support themselves financially, so they rely on people's word blindly, because that is what they have to do. If you are not honest about your time and ability, then that only leads to the organization struggling further rather than placing you in a supportive space where you could have thrived with what you could do.
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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