3 Questions With ... Tricia Clarke in Celebration of Black Philanthropy Month - WGC's Our Giving, Our Stories - 8/18
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, Tricia Clarke:
What moves you to give your time, talent and financial resources?
I have always been surrounded by the spirit of giving and service to others, whether it was in my home, my school or my community. My mother was a caregiver and natural provider and even though she was born in a country where resources were scarce her philosophy was always whatever little you have you share with others. I attended a school where heavy emphasis was placed on community service, taught by nuns who cared about the welfare of local children and was always encouraged to think about others less fortunate than myself. These early influences have developed into a desire to demonstrate and show love to others whenever I get the opportunity.
When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?
During my time at college I would frequently volunteer at events or community outreach programs, and I began to realize the strength of others coming together to support, celebrate and connect. When my sons were small I would volunteer at their school and also started a local moms support group for women of color to raise funds for school supplies and awareness to improve educational facilities or access to resources.
What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?
I believe that giving back does more for the giver than the recipient. While the satisfaction of having helped someone elevate, progress or shine is always important, there is nothing like the feeling of joy that serving others generates. I would advise anyone to start small, look to organizations you are already a part of – even if they are for-profit. There is always a segment of that community who could do with assistance or help. And giving back does not always have to be a monetary thing – mentorship, guidance and simply giving of your time are great ways to practice philanthropy.
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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