Marsha Morgan did an interview with Black Gives Back In observance of “BlackGivesBack To School” Week. Mrs. Morgan is the chairperson of the Birmingham Change Fund (BCF) and has been a member since 2004.
What inspired you to join BCF?
I was inspired to join BCF because of the idea of strategically impacting our city collectively. I have always been involved in the community, but joining BCF was another avenue for me to learn how to impact our community in a totally different way.
What do you like most about being a member of a giving circle?
I like being able to join forces with like-minded individuals that truly care about our community and that understand the power of collective giving.
Congratulations on BCF’s 10 year anniversary. What is an accomplishment you’re most proud of?
There are several accomplishments that make me proud. First, I am glad that we are still positively impacting Birmingham and making a difference after a decade. To date, we have raised over $100,000. I am proud of our ability to focus on where to give our money, talents, and time. I think that our approach to performing detailed research prior to deciding what areas to grant our resources enables us to really understand how we can positively influence our community. Lastly, I am proud that we continue to educate others about collective giving/giving circles and the influence they can have in our communities.
August is also Black Philanthropy Month. Please search for #BPM2013 to learn more.