Tiffany Circle Summit


Recently, members of the local Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders enjoyed a leadership summit in Washington, D.C.

The Tiffany Circle is a group of women philanthropists who pledge their time and treasure generously to the Red Cross. Each year, members attend an exclusive Summit event in Washington, D.C. This year, highlights included:

  • Hearing from Laura Bush during a Leadership Dinner
  • Enjoying Gail McGovern, president and CEO of the Red Cross, talk about the future of the organization
  • National accolades for our very own Elaine Lyerly for her work as Tiffany Circle National Chair
  • Our own Martha Allen presenting this year’s Una Award recipient
  • Our own Renee Brown speaking on behalf of Wells Fargo at the Chairman’s Dinner
  • A performance by Jo Dee Messina
  • And, last but definitely not least, the absolutely adorable therapy dog who serves service men and women recovering at Walter Reed 

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A Look at Women in Philanthropy

Our American Red Cross Tiffany Circle participated in a study on philanthropy among high net worth women, conducted by The Center of Philanthropy at Indiana University.

Among the interesting findings:

  • Women spend more time than men on due diligence before making decisions about giving to a charitable organization.
  • Women expect a deeper level of communication with the organizations they support and place greater importance than men on the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization and hearing about the impact of their gift.
  • Women want to be actively involved with an organization and its mission, with volunteering being one of the most important motivations for women to give.
  • Women are more likely than men to stop giving to an organization they had previously supported whereas men tend to be more supportive of the same causes year after year

Citing the report:

A convergence of social, demographic, cultural, and economic factors has increased women’s visibility and involvement in philanthropy in recent years. Women have increased access to education and income – two key predictors of philanthropy (Center on Philanthropy, 2007). Demographically, women’s expanding roles in society and the self-reported change in family structure have affected women significantly.

Read the full report

Tiffany Circle women from across the Carolinas come together

Carolina Piedmont Region Tiffany Circle Members (Bonnie McElveen Hunter Lifetime Members!) Audean Godehn and Martha Allen

The American Red Cross Carolina Piedmont Region (based in Charlotte, N.C.) Tiffany Circle Society of Women members hosted fellow Tiffany members from  several South Carolina regions for a welcome reception and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Tiffany member M.A. Rogers opened her Charlotte home for a reception on Monday, Dec. 5, during which the members from Charlotte, Greenville and Charleston shared their current projects and upcoming events.

Arnie, Amy and 2-year-old Elizabeth Jones shared their extraordinary lifesaving story with the Tiffany women.
The women also heard a moving story from Amy Jones, whose husband Arnie performed CPR on her when she suddenly went into cardiac arrest during her ninth month of pregnancy. Amy, Arnie and their beautiful now 2-year-old daughter Elizabeth were happy to share their story.

“Anytime I can tell people how important it is to be trained in CPR, I’m happy to do it,” Amy told the Tiffany women. “Thank you to all of you for the work you do to support the Red Cross.”

Elaine Lyerly, National Tiffany Circle Co-Chair, spoke about how women can affect change in a powerful way. In fact, she noted, the Tiffany Circle is now international, with Canada, England and other countries growing their groups.

The next morning, the Tiffany women gathered at the Tiffany & Co. store in SouthPark Mall for breakfast and a private shopping event.

Martha Allen, Tiffany member Co-Chair from the Carolina Piedmont Region, thanked the women for traveling from throughout the Carolinas to join in the fun.

 “I never say ‘Give until it hurts,’” Martha said. “I say, ‘Give until it feels good!’”

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Local Tiffany Circle member honored for service to the Red Cross

From left, Divisional Vice President Joe Becker, Carolina Piedmont Region CEO Angela Broome, Ginger Kelly, LowCountry Region CEO Louise Welch and Humanitarian Services President Jerry DeFrancisco.

Ginger Kelly, local Red Cross Tiffany Circle member, board member and volunteer, was recently presented with the Presidential Award for Excellence from our division of the Red Cross, which covers South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, D.C.

The Presidential Award for Excellence is presented to an American Red Cross employee or volunteer who demonstrates superior job performance aligning with the organization’s priorities in one of three areas, one of which is fundraising.

Our region nominated Ginger for the award for all the work she did stewarding a donation from Howard Levine, which generated more than $1 million for our Red Cross.

Ginger has a long-standing history with the Red Cross. As a teenager, our organization reached out to her family while they were stationed with the U.S. Navy in the Philippines.  Since then, she has been a faithful supporter of the Red Cross, in Florida, New Jersey and, now, Charlotte.

“We are so fortunate to have Ginger on our board and as part of our Red Cross family,” said Angela Broome, CEO of the Carolina Piedmont Region of the American Red Cross.

Ginger also serves as co-chair of our local Tiffany Circle Society of Women, through which she cultivates relationships with new and potential members.