WOC ®- Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy celebrates the anniversary of its first year in operation, as well as announcing the winners of the inaugural WOC Awards for Excellence virtually on June 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM. The WOC Award for Excellence will be presented to Teresa Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women.

WOC Founder Yolanda F. Johnson reflected, “In one of our country’s most challenging years ever, a beacon of hope for sisterhood among women of color and allies has blossomed with WOC. I am so proud to support each of our members, as well as congratulate our WOC Award winners.”

As WOC celebrates a year of successful events, initiatives, and community building designed for women of color in the philanthropic space, WOC also looks forward to celebrating its members, and women of color fundraisers and philanthropists who are truly making waves in the national and global community. In less than one year of existence, WOC has more than 1,000 members globally. 

As well as the WOC Award for Excellence, presented to Teresa Younger, the WOC Shine Award for Exceptional Fundraisers will be presented to Danyelle Means (Oglala Lakota)Independent Fundraising Professional based in Santa Fe, New Mexico; and the WOC Spotlight Award for Young Professionals will be presented to Maddy Abulencia, Director of Development, OHSU Foundation.

Teresa C. Younger, President and CEO of the Ms. Foundation, remarked, “I am so honored to receive the inaugural WOC Award for Excellence and congratulate WOC on its first year of outstanding service. WOC is an important space that helps women of color thrive and be in community within philanthropy and I accept this award with deep appreciation.”

WOC programs that all began this past year include:

WOC Membership
Allies in Action
Check-In Chicas
Illuminations- 2020 Impact Report
Mentor Match
Radiant Leadership Institute
Views from the C-Suite
WOC Connections
WOC Job Board
WOC Panels and Workshops
WOC Resource Library
WOC Self-Assessment
WOC Shop
WOC Symposium
WOC’s the Word
Wonderful Women of WOC

The WOC First Anniversary Celebration is open to the public and is a virtual event. To register, please visit: https://www.woc-fp.com/events/woc-first-anniversary

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