3 Questions With ... Tonya Aikens in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/5
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, Tonya Aikens:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
Our shared humanity and my sheer love for people moves me to give. It’s also gratifying to know you did something to improve someone’s circumstances.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
Some of my earliest memories are of giving. I benefited from watching my parents and grandparents live their lives in service to others. I remember accompanying my grandmother to feed and clothe unhoused community members as early as age 5.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
My advice to anyone interested in giving back is to never underestimate the power of your giving to create change. All giving matters, including yours.
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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