News of the recent IMLS grant award to Johnson C. Smith University still hasn’t quite seeped in. Translating Giving Back into a museum exhibition that will tour college campuses and historically Black cultural institutions over the next two years is a dream come true. And the dream keeps getting better. Every week a new university or museum reaches out to inquire about hosting the exhibition, titled Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited. Twice as many institutions have expressed interest as are slated for the current tour under the IMLS grant. The possibilities astound me.
TCF was an early partner of Community Investment Network (where I now serve as interim Executive Director) when it was formed a decade ago. CIN is celebrating its 10th anniversary conference in Durham in October and TCF is a sponsor.
Many thanks to Lori O’Keefe and Veronica Hemmingway of TCF (@TriComFdn) and Todd Cohen of Philanthropy North Carolina (@philanthropync).
Though not a public official, I’ll seize the occasion to call upon ALL public officials; givers of the luminary and everyday variety; professionals and volunteers from the philanthropic and nonprofit realm; faith-based congregants; the young and the forever young-hearted; and all the people of Charlotte and beyond:
To observe this month,
To celebrate the cultural richness and philanthropic spirit of our community, and
To recognize the vital role generosity plays in ensuring a healthy, safe and prosperous community in which to live, work and flourish.
Black Philanthropy Month. August…and giving augustly, year-round!
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
Before 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.