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By Emilie Karrick Surrusco

Generosity is a word that’s used a lot this time of year. As Giving Tuesday – the global generosity movement that encourages people to do good for at least one day – approaches on December 3, I find myself pondering the meaning of the word. To me, generosity is about sharing your bounty. And, while I, for one, sometimes find myself holding back because of perceived deficits – everything from finances and time to relationships and health — it’s empowering to focus instead on the abundance I have to give and share.

As French feminist Simone de Beauvoir once said: “That’s what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.”

DC EcoWomen provides ample opportunities for generosity. As an entirely volunteer-run organization, we are only as strong as the generosity of our nearly 6,000 members. Everything we do – from unique outdoor activities, to our signature EcoHours, to an online space to share ideas and events – happens because of our creative, innovative — and generous — membership.

Amid our 15th anniversary year, DC EcoWomen needs your help now more than ever. In 2020, we’ll be looking for ways to grow and expand our reach, and the inclusivity of our approach. Because in today’s fragmented, highly-fraught political climate, there has never been a more important time to build a welcoming, inclusive community of women to foster personal and professional development.

Following are several ways you can give and share your abundance with DC EcoWomen:

  • Join – Share and collaborate with DC EcoWomen by becoming a member and bringing your voice to one of our many events, and professional development activities.. Sign up for our newsletter and community listserv to find out more, and follow us on FacebookTwitterLinkedin and Instagram.
  • Donate – DC EcoWomen accepts donations through Givepulse. Tax receipts are provided via email (Donate $15 for 15 years!).
  • Blog – Interested in writing about environmental or women’s issues? Join our blog team and lend your voice to the DC EcoWomen platform.

More information on opportunities to get involved and donate are available at Join me in giving the best you have to offer. While you’re at it, don’t forget to share how you’re giving back your best things in life. We’d love to know – tag @dcecowomen and #GivingTuesday!

Emilie Karrick Surrusco is a member of DC EcoWomen’s board of directors, and manages the DC EcoWomen blog. Emilie is also communications professional with more than two decades of experience helping progressive nonprofits and political leaders craft messages to create change. She lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with her husband, three children and their beloved puppy. To connect with Emilie, visit  


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