WOC GIVE gathers for grant nominees

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Tara Weymon Leonard, Vice President of Global Enterprise Planning at MillerKnoll and Women of Color GIVE investor and partner speaks at the lakeshore charity's 2022 annual event.

A philanthropic collective supporting the advancement of Black, Indigenous and People of Color will announce the finalists for $65,000 in grant money at its upcoming annual event. Women of Color GIVE is run by women of color in Ottawa and Muskegon counties for women of color who are invested in using their voices to change the traditional giving landscape.

International diversity, equity, and inclusion speaker, and best-selling author Graci Harkema will be the keynote speaker at the WOC GIVE’s third annual event. Courtesy photo.

At the prestigious ceremony, the top three nominees for their 2023 grant cycle will be announced. These nominees were selected from 22 nonprofits submitted by WOC Give Investors and will present their projects in need of funding at WOC Give’s annual pitch night held on December 13. Each nominee will walk away with $32,500, $19,500, or $13,000, depending on their placement.

More than 300 guests are expected to attend “The Future of Belonging” event, which will welcome Graci Harkema, an international diversity, equity, and inclusion speaker, and best-selling author as its keynote speaker. Harkema will speak about her experience growing up as an adoptee from the Congo in Grand Rapids, Michigan, as she traces her professional path and claiming her own story. Read more about Harkema here.

Women of Color GIVE, Annual Event: “The Future of Belonging” will take place on Oct. 12, from 4:30-8:00 p.m. at Third Coast, 6069 Blue Star Highway, in Saugatuck.

For more information on this year’s Annual Event, visit https://wocgive.org/events/.

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