Cause to CelebrEIGHT

NGAAP 8th BDay

Being a member of New Generation of African American Philanthropists since 2006 has been a fantastic experience. Collectively, our giving circle members have grown and evolved as friends, caring people, civic leaders and generous souls. We’re set to celebrate our 8th birthday on June 8 and will mark the occasion with a party at King’s Kitchen. You’re welcome to come by for:

  • Birthday cake, punch and celebratory champagne toasts
  • World premiere “pop-up” exhibition: The Soul of Philanthropy
  • Exciting announcements about Black Philanthropy Month 2014
  • Info about our civic engagement initiatives, grantmaking, events, national conference and membership

Here’s more about the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1453608068211212/

Stroll back along our journey with the photo slideshow below, which features members and events from June 8, 2006 until now. — VF

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Exhibiting Philanthropy

Dora's handsBefore Giving Back was ever published, Charles and I envisioned a touring exhibition of our stories and photography on philanthropy. Now, two and half years after release of our book, we are on the cusp of seeing another dream come to fruition.

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited takes photography and narratives from our book and introduces new content to presents stories of generosity among Americans of African descent.

Influencing the next generation of givers is a priority, so prospective exhibitors are galleries and libraries on college campuses, particularly Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), as well as museums, cultural institutions and philanthropic institutions with exhibition space. The exhibition’s programming will reflect innovative approaches that invite and engage K-12 students, college students, alumni, educators, faith-based congregants, neighborhood leaders, staff at nonprofits and foundations and the wider public.

We’re encouraged because The Soul of Philanthropy has attracted some initial financial support and also generated strong interest among a wide range of exhibiting institutions in North Carolina and across the country. A priority now is to pursue additional funding in order to begin rolling out a touring exhibition in fall 2014. Securing funds over this summer is the game plan.

Read more about The Soul of Philanthropy here: http://givingbackproject.org/2014/05/19/the-soul-of-philanthropy-reframed-and-exhibited/

A pop-up mini exhibition of The Soul of Philanthropy is set for June 8, and you’re invited to the world premiere: http://www.paperlesspost.com/events/7715089-a8031295/replies/preview#paper/front/0

— VF

From BGB: Community Investment Network Names Valaida Fullwood Interim Executive Director

VF NYC Feb 2013Posted on BlackGivesBack.com today: Community Investment Network Names Valaida Fullwood Interim Executive Director.

“Service is the rent we pay for the privilege of living on this earth.” ― Shirley Chisholm

Grateful for this time on earth. Glad to be of service. Honored to carry CIN’s baton of social justice in a leg of an unending relay race once run by Darryl, Athan, Dionne and many others.

Well…here we go!

‘Illumination and Forgiveness’

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Wilson, August, Photograph, from Britannica Online for Kids, accessed April 27, 2014, http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/art-108323.

Wilson, August, Photograph, from Britannica Online for Kids, accessed April 27, 2014, http://kids.britannica.com/comptons/art-108323.

“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.”

August Wilson
b. 27 Apr 1945

Passage

Never feels quite right
Too long bundled and uptight,
like a Nubian entombed or plainest Mennonite.
Tension risen, watch the bite
Mind churning, so burst it might.
Eternal tunnel absent a whisper of light
Sun conceded to perpetual night.
Well-plumbed valleys, nary a heavenly height
Nearly convinced no mercy in sight
Then, I write.

Ava Wood

There she goes again. And why not, it’s National Poetry Month!