The Tiffany Circle is a nationwide network of women leaders and philanthropists who change lives, save lives and strengthen their local community with an annual investment of $10,000 in their local Red Cross Chapter. Tiffany Circle Members follow in the footsteps of women leaders who have helped the Red Cross serve the American public in times of war and peace with disaster assistance, blood collection, safety training and countless other community assistance services.
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.