Gantt Center, NGAAP-Charlotte Host ROSENWALD Film Screening

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The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and 

New Generation of African American Philanthropists invite you to

ROSENWALD

The Remarkable Story of a Jewish Partnership with African American Communities

Film screening with director Aviva Kempner in observance of Black History Month

Tuesday, February 9

6:30 p.m. | doors open at 6 p.m.

Gantt Center at Levine Center of the Arts • 551 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC

Adults: $10           Gantt Center Members, Students and Seniors: $5

R.S.V.P. via this link


JULIUS ROSENWALD never finished high school yet rose to become President of Sears, Roebuck and Co. and one of the wealthiest men in the United States in the early 20th century. His greatest legacy, however, was philanthropic. Julius Rosenwald gave away what today would be nearly one billion dollars, making him one of the greatest philanthropists of all time. Joining forces with African American communities, together, they built 5300 schools whose alumni are legion. Featured in the film are such luminary alumni as writer Maya Angelou, Tony Award-winner George Wolfe and Congressman John Lewis. In addition to funding schools, Rosenwald also awarded fellowships to a who’s who of Black scholars and artists including Marian Anderson, James Baldwin, Ralph Bunche, Gordon Parks, Romare Bearden and others whose contributions ultimately transformed American life for generations and now benefit and inspire us all.

Unfolding over a century ago, the Rosenwald story illuminates abiding truths about opportunity, visionary leadership, cross-cultural collaboration and community transformation, providing a blueprint for 21st-century philanthropy.

COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Charlotte Jewish Film Festival and Levine Museum of the New South, which is exhibiting The Soul of Philanthropy now thru Feb 28.

 

 

Come to see philanthropy differently at NCSU

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As luck would have it, the opening of The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited at NC State University coincides with the 95th birthday of my great-aunt Dora, whose son and daughter-in-law are NC State grads. Aunt Dora inspired the exhibit and Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, and she plans to attend this exhibition opening, which I view as a birthday party and celebration of not only her generous spirit but also that of so many community elders. I cannot wait!

If you’d like to attend, R.S.V.P. here.

‪#‎getyourgiveon‬

 

Cheers! Gratification In 2015, Anticipation Entering 2016

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2016 marks 10 years of New Generation of African American Philanthropists working to reframe portraits of philanthropy!

NGAAP logo_primaryMuch of 2015 focused on rolling out the IMLS-funded exhibit The Soul of Philanthropy in collaboration with Johnson C. Smith University and strategizing about our work in 2016 and the next decade of our giving circle. Below are photos from 2015, and here’s a quick recap of 2015 (not everything, but most):

2015 In Review

All this, plus other countless philanthropic deeds and initiatives of respective members…including the addition of at least a half dozen new members.

Our decennial holds potential to be our biggest, boldest celebration AND demonstration of the power of Black giving! We invite you to join us in a year of conscious giving for social change.

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Merry Christmas!

Giving Back at Xmas

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. James 1:17 

BIG Night for the Gantt Center

B I G  T H A N K S.   B I G  H E I G H T S.   B I G  N I G H T.

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For the past four years, I’ve been the event consultant on the Jazzy Holiday fundraising events of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture. Year after year, I have witnessed the event grow in a myriad of ways, so this year I picked the theme “BIG” for Jazzy. It seems the universe was listening and served up an event bigger than I ever imagined. Every element seemed to come “super-sized”.

The 2015 Jazzy Holiday Gala took place at the Charlotte Convention Center on Saturday, December 5. The event featured not only big art, a “big cheese” table, a big bar, big opportunities to give and a big band called Big Blast and the Party Masters but also preview performances by the world-renowned Dance Theater of Harlem and Spirit of the Center awards to Duke Energy, arts patrons Dr. Yele Aluko and Dr. Shirley Aluko-Houston, and Lonnie Bunch of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. People and entities of huge prominence in their respective spheres.

And arguably best of all, the event helped the Gantt Center raise over $500,000—the largest amount ever raised in the 35-year history of the “Jazzy” fundraising luncheons and galas. We set our intention with the BIG concept, and it was delivered, big time!

Here’s a link to a Storify.com recap of the event and below are some event photographs, along with a written account of the organizing concept that framed Jazzy 2015.


Organizing Concept for Jazzy 2015

Last year the Gantt Center celebrated its 40th anniversary. Now, in the 41st year, the Center sits in full recognition of its evolution from a seed of an idea into a big institution. After tremendous growth since 1974, the mission and daily work of the Center are reflected in a big building, big city, big contributions, big membership roll, big opportunities, big expectations and more.

While big is perceived the ultimate attainment, big things are realized only through the sum of innumerable little things and small acts. Decades are built on brief moments. An art collection begins with one piece. One spellbinding performance bursts from practiced small moves. A masterful painting emerges from a thousand brushstrokes. The largesse of a major donor begins with the experiences of a once impressionable child. Little things make big things happen.

The 2015 Jazzy Holiday Gala is designed as an expression of gratitude and recognition of the bigness and boldness of the Gantt Center and of Black culture. Without a multitude of everyday achievements, small contributions, untold sacrifices and mundane milestones, we could have never reached the grand heights of today. And without ongoing community commitment, both large and small, we will never fulfill our biggest dreams, our most audacious hopes or our immense potential to be great.

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Photographs courtesy of the Gantt Center as well as from my iPhone and social media

— VF

BPM 2015: Report For Our Community of Stakeholders

Giving augustly, in August and year-round

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Excerpt from the BPM 2015 Report For Our Community of Stakeholders:

This year’s focal concept was A Season of Change—a timely assertion that Black giving matters. News reports and personal experiences of racial discord, disturbing shootings, unsettling indignities and pervasive inequities serve as reminders of why traditions of giving and collective action for human rights and social change have been vital in Black communities for centuries. As a month-long campaign, BPM 2015 comprised activities—online and in communities—to inspire people to give back in smarter and more strategic ways and transform one another’s lives for the better.

BPM continues to offer an extraordinary opportunity for concerted efforts, globally, to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. The BPM Architecture Team relishes that each year growing numbers of diverse communities celebrate and renew rich, shared traditions of giving, self-help and innovation throughout the United States and the world. And while August shines a white-hot spotlight, Black philanthropy abounds 365 days a year.

READ THE FULL REPORT

BPM Report Inside Page

21st Century Philanthropy: Changing The World In A Changing World

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Panelists for December 9th event, hosted by AFP-Charlotte

If you’re in or near Charlotte, come to Wednesday’s AFP-Charlotte panel discussion and holiday social at Levine Museum of the New South, which features The Soul of Philanthropy exhibit.

I’m moderating the 12.09.15 discussion, titled “Fundraising in a Changing World”. Here are the panelists, who are listed in the order of the photos above:

  • Christina Theodorou, UNC American Indian Center
  • Diane Evia-Lanevi, Tomorrow Fund for Hispanic Students
  • Charles Thomas, New Generation of African American Philanthropists
  • Diep Tran, Charlotte Circle of Friends a giving circle affiliated with AAPIP
  • Steve Bentley, Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund

Click here to register.

READ MORE: http://www.icontact-archive.com/jp_xUj0qFyktMLO8BwbS6e4mI7QwQSOx?w=1

BGB :: Black Giving Matters Interview with Terri B. Eason of The Cleveland Foundation

Today marks the last day of Community Foundation Week (November 12-18). Since the 12th, BlackGivesBack.com has highlighted staff, board members and donors at community foundations that are demonstrating a strong commitment to informing, inspiring, investing in and involving Black philanthropic leadership.

This year’s final #CFWeek post profiled Cleveland-native, Terri Bradford Eason, who is Director of Gift Planning at The Cleveland Foundation—a 101 year-old institution that holds the distinction of being the world’s first community foundation.

I had the pleasure of meeting Terri about four years ago as a part of her work with the Foundation’s African-American Philanthropy Committee (AAPC). AAPC was created in 1993 to promote awareness and education to African Americans about the benefits of wealth and community preservation through philanthropy.

READ MORE: Black Giving Matters: Interview with Terri Bradford Eason of The Cleveland Foundation

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Terri Bradford Eason volunteering at Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland, Ohio

From BGB :: Ivye L. Allen, President, Foundation for the Mid South

In observance of Community Foundation Week (#CFWeek), November 12-18, 2015, I’m delighted to share a BlackGivesBack.com profile on Dr. Ivye L. Allen, President of the Foundation for the Mid South, located in Jackson, Mississippi.

While we’ve yet to meet in person, Dr. Allen has been a tremendous supporter of The Giving Back Project and source of encouragement for me. She reviewed a galley version of Giving Back and provided advance praise. Most recently, her foundation awarded major grant funds to bring The Soul of Philanthropy to three Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the mid-South region.

Community philanthropy is crucial for vibrant local communities. It’s fulfilling to highlight the staff, board members and donors at community foundations that are demonstrating strong commitment to informing, inspiring, investing in and involving Black philanthropic leadership.

READ MORE: Community Foundation Week Profile: Dr. Ivye L. Allen, President of Foundation for the Mid South

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Dr. Ivye L. Allen, President, Foundation For The Mid South

From BGB :: ‘The Soul of Philanthropy’ Exhibit and Programs Open in Houston

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“This is an exhilarating display of photographs, quotes and digital programming that educates the public about the importance of philanthropy and the historical aspects of giving in the Black community.”

— Camillia Rodgers, Ph.D., Executive Director, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Houston, TX

READ MORE at BlackGivesBack.com: ‘The Soul of Philanthropy’ Exhibit and Programs Open in Houston