The purpose of the Society of Women Leaders, known as the American Red Cross Tiffany Circle, is to significantly increase local financial support of the American Red Cross while recognizing the important legacy of women in philanthropy and offering its members both local and national recognition. By investing $10,000 in their local American Red Cross chapter, these philanthropic leaders are following the many women who came before them to help serve the American Red Cross in its relief efforts.
The name Tiffany and the $10,000 amount have a historical precedent. The society is named in honor of the beautiful Tiffany windows in the Board of Governors Hall at the historic American Red Cross national headquarters in Washington, DC.
Produced by Tiffany Studios, these windows were commissioned in 1917 by Red Cross President Mabel Boardman. As an act of reconciliation and hope, the Women’s Relief Corps of the North and the United Daughters of the Confederacy of the South each gave $5,000 to cover their cost.
The women in these windows personify virtues at work in the Red Cross movement: hope, mercy, faith, charity, truth and fortitude. Members of the Tiffany Circle provide living examples of these virtues in their local communities by ensuring the Red Cross has the ability to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to life’s emergencies. Membership benefits include:
- Exclusive Tiffany Circle Bracelet and Red Cross charm both crafted by Tiffany & Co.
- A new Red Cross charm each year, uniquely crafted by Tiffany & Co.
- Special invitations to attend exclusive events