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Group organizes Giving Circle to support BIPOC business community

Participants in Lancaster’s Reinventing Our Communities program and members of the Federal Reserve of Philadelphia pose for a group photo at Southern Market Center during the Fed’s visit on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2023. (Source: Lancaster County Community Foundation)

Lancaster’s ROC is hosting a launch party Thursday evening to introduce the organization’s Giving Circle.

The event takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Vue at Allison’s, 3035 Columbia Ave., Lancaster.

Giving circles allow multiple donors to pool their efforts — in this case, to support organizations and initiatives that assist enterprises owned by individuals who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Grants would not go directly to for-profit enterprises, but to bolster the resources available to them.

The fund will be held at the Lancaster County Community Foundation, with allocation decisions made by ROC members.

The ROC is an organization working to improve opportunity for local BIPOC businesses. Launched through a Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia initiative, Reinventing Our Communities, the local group has evolved into a standalone entity now known as Reinventing Our Community.

The launch party will feature drinks, hors d’oeuvres and conversations with business owners who have participated in ROC initiatives. To RSVP, click here.