AADC June 2020 E-news & Douglass Alumnae Highlights
Continuing the Conversation with Our Online Workshop
"Removing the Veil on Racism: Moving Towards Anti-Racism"
Presented by
Dr. Debra Pérez '84, Senior Vice President of Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity, at Simmons University
AADC Excellence in Inclusion and Equity Initiative
Due to the overwhelming response for the AADC’s June 10 Anti-racism workshop, we will continue the conversation in Part 2 on Friday, June 26, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm EDT

Whether you joined us last time or will tune in for the first time, you can expect continuing conversations about racism and how to support the anti-racist work so desperately needed to address both health care issues and racism in our society. This is an opportunity to remove the veil and move towards anti-racism to address white privilege, health disparities heightened through COVID-19, social injustices, immigration and to elevate the message that Black Lives Matter. The workshop is hosted online via Zoom.
Continue to Value the AADC Alumnae Community! Our AADC Annual Appeal year ends on June 30th.  www.douglassalumnae.org/makeagift   #AADCProud
We're Connecting and Engaging Virtually
Mentoring Program Application Deadline July 10

One of the top reasons to participate in our innovate program as a Mentor or Mentee is because helping sister alumnae is priceless! You can connect online and via video calls. To read our latest newsletter and to apply for next year's program by July 10, click below.
Ready, Next, Go!

The AADC is excited to host the Fifth Annual Victoria Dabrowski Schmidt ’42 Workplace and
Professional Development Symposium this fall with the theme, “Ready, Next, Go!” This year’s symposium will be a virtual, three-part event held from September 12 through September 14. The first day will include two keynote speakers; the second day will include an inspiring virtual panel; and our third day will include a powerful networking program.

Our workshops will incorporate the concepts of confidence, preparation and execution. The Symposium Planning Committee, chaired by Ikecia Lenese Mapp ’01, invites all alumnae to participate. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with alumnae across a variety of fields and pursuits! Registration will be available soon. 
Double the Classes for Reunion Weekend 2021

Next year it is going to be double the connections and double the classes as we commemorate milestone class reunions from both class years ending in 0s and 5s, as well as 1s and 6s, for a special AADC Alumnae Reunion Weekend 2021 , from June 4 to 6. The Class of 1970 and the Class of 1971 will join together to mark their Vanguard 50th Reunions. We salute the Class of 1970 and the Class of 1971 for sharing the spotlight. The AADC knows the many ways alumnae cherish and look forward to reuniting, reconnecting and reminiscing with classmates for Reunion. Stay tuned for ways to get involved with the AADC Reunion Weekend Planning Committee and with your class.
Save the Date

"Tea with Tina" Virtual Event , Hosted by VP of Marketing and Communications Tina Gordon '72 from her home, Sunday, August 9, 2020

AADC Smart Talk: Healing Through the Arts, Presented by Linda Caldwell Epps '73, AADC VP for Development, Saturday, August 15, 2020

AADC Sisterhood Book Club , Discussion of "Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower," by Brittany Cooper, Saturday, September 5, 2020

AADC Black Alumnae Network Jewel Plummer Cobb Sisters Conference , hosted virtually on Saturday, October 24, 2020

Fall Alumnae Council , Saturday, November 7, 2020
*Please note: As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continues to evolve, our primary focus is on the health and safety of our AADC alumnae community and AADC staff. We will provide further updates as they evolve regarding any impact on scheduled upcoming fall events and programs.
For a complete list of upcoming AADC events and programs, visit www.douglassalumnae.org/event-registration
Alumnae Highlights
Deborah Hipkins ’73, a nurse, shares the loss of her sister to COVID-19.
Stephanie Cayne '89, a teacher and AADC Board Secretary, shares her story as an EMT.
Karen McLane Torian '73, a former AADC Board member, working on food insecurity in New Jersey communities.
Read about how alumnae sisters are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in our online series, "Sharing Our Stories." To read stories by Deborah Hipkins '73 and Stephanie Cayne '89 and other, visit www.douglassalumane.org/sharing-our-stories . Stay tuned for a story from Karen McLane Torian '73, coming soon.
Share Your Story and Let Us Know How Your Life has Changed
Please share YOUR story with your alumnae sisters. Are you homeschooling your children or grandchildren, completely revamping your business as a result of the pandemic? Are you unemployed? Have your grown children moved back home to quarantine with you? What’s new, different, challenging and worth sharing? We would love to hear from you. Email us at douglassalumnae@douglassalumnae.org .
Two New TAX Reasons to Support Your Alumnae Association This Year
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) passed by Congress in April provides many forms of economic relief during the current global health pandemic. Among them are two incentives for Charitable Giving: one for those who do not itemize their taxes and one for those who do.

For taxpayers who do not itemize, the Act provides a Temporary Universal Charitable Deduction. You can take a one-time deduction of up to $300 for gifts made to charitable organizations, like the Association Alumnae of Douglass College (AADC). Note that the deduction is only for gifts of cash made in calendar year 2020 and does not cover contributions made to donor-advised funds or private foundations. The AADC Annual Appeal does not benefit NJC, DRC, Douglass or Rutgers. It supports our alumnae community and keeps the AADC mission in motion through challenging times.

For taxpayers who do itemize, the Act suspends the 60% adjusted gross income limitation for individuals’ charitable contributions for year 2020. So, while in a typical year, you would only be able to take a charitable deduction of up to 60% or your adjusted gross income no matter how much you contributed to charity, for 2020 there is no limit; cash contributions will be fully deductible. Note that this deduction is also only for gifts of cash in calendar year 2020 and also does not cover contributions made to donor-advised funds or private foundations.

As always, you should check with your tax advisor or financial consultant to see if these incentives are right for your personal financial goals. However, if the CARES Act makes 2020 a good year for you to give or increase your charitable giving, please consider a gift to the AADC Annual Appeal. Your contribution is impactful and appreciated. Thank you!
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Now, more than ever, we are reminded of the importance of our alumnae community. Help keep our alumnae community, the AADC, strong by supporting the AADC Annual Appeal. This appeal is not on behalf of NJC, DRC, Douglass or Rutgers. It supports the AADC’s mission of connecting and engaging all Douglass alumnae. www.douglassalumnae.org/MakeAGift