Come To See Philanthropy Differently

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If you’re near Columbia, please come to Frame of Mind—South Carolina’s only eyewear boutique and art gallery hybrid—for a pop-up exhibition of The Soul of Philanthropy, in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month 2015.

Program with philanthropy panel discussion, book signing, etc. R.S.V.P. here. 

Pop-Up Exhibit Giving Range to More Places, Spaces

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“So while our book serves as a moving tribute, the exhibit along with the programming and discussions it inspires are meant to compel us toward a triumphant movement of conscious giving for social change.”

— Valaida Fullwood and Charles W. Thomas, Jr., Co-Creators of the Pop-Up, Abridged Edition of The Soul of Philanthropy

Soul of Philanthropy LOGO_finalGroundbreaking in focus and depth, the new comprehensive, multimedia exhibition Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited is touring the country, presenting inspirational images and stories of generosity among Americans of African descent.

Now selected elements of the comprehensive exhibit compose a versatile, compact version, called the Pop-Up, Abridged Edition. Designed to make the exhibit’s content more accessible, the smaller edition can be mounted quickly in nearly any space, adding an engaging arts and culture ambient or focal point when and where people gather—conferences, schools, homes, churches, corporate lobbies, banquet halls, community centers, galleries and more. Hartford view tsop popup

Twenty black-and-white photographs and narratives provide insight to centuries-old cultural customs and beliefs about giving and generosity that—though rarely referred to as “philanthropy” in Black communities—have long been an integral and transformational force in lives and communities throughout American society.

Hartford TSOP popup eventLike the comprehensive exhibit, the Pop-Up, Abridged Edition draws evocative content from the award-winning book Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, by Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr. Pop-up exhibitions are the latest innovation of The Giving Back Project, which aims to reframe portraits of philanthropy.

Featuring the Pop-Up, Abridged Edition at past special events are Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Community Investment Network, New Generation of African American Philanthropists and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. New exhibitions at Frame of Mind Gallery in Columbia, SC and Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, NC are scheduled.

Inquiries about the exhibit can be made here.

And for more info, visit TheSoulofPhilanthropy.com

On The Road With ‘Soul’: Mile High City Moments

The Denver opening of Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, over the August 1st weekend, summed up in photography.

Still reframing portraits of philanthropy!

Photo credits:

  • Flor Blake, The Denver Foundation
  • Andrea Murray, A-Dre Productions
  • Valaida Fulllwood, The Giving Back Project

Chalk It Up!

Giving back, summed up.

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From Denver exhibition opening, Aug 1, 2015. Photo credit: Flor Blake, The Denver Foundation

From BGB :: Amidst A Season of Change, Black Giving Matters

AUGUST IS BLACK PHILANTHROPY MONTH—an unprecedented coordinated initiative to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms.

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Entering its fifth year of observance, Black Philanthropy Month is designed as a multimedia campaign—online and within communities—to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. High-impact events, media stories, service projects and giving opportunities compose the annual campaign, which kicks off today, August 1. We’re amidst a season of change and ‪#‎blackgivingmatters‬.

Sponsors of BPM 2015 include: The Cleveland FoundationPOISE Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

‘The Soul of Philanthropy’ Comes Alive in Denver This Weekend

Below are excerpts from “’The Soul of Philanthropy’ exhibit celebrates African-American giving” by Laura Bond for The Denver Foundation.

Dora's handsThe Denver Foundation and Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library are honored to co-host “The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited,” a photographic and narrative exploration of African American giving, which runs August 1-31 at the library, 2401 Welton Street, in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood.

Denver is one of only ten cities to host “The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited,” which explores the triumphant movement of conscious giving for social change, shared through photos and words of African American philanthropists, with a special addition of Denver notables. Groundbreaking in focus and depth, the exhibition draws evocative images and incisive stories from the award-winning book Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, by Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr.

“This exhibit is a window into African American giving…While the photos may be black and white, the culture and history of philanthropy in the African American community is a vibrant collage of individual, collective, and strategic giving which impacts and elevates our community. It’s got heart all over it. This is certainly a ‘reframed image’ of what is stereotypically depicted of philanthropy in communities of color. This exhibit is sure to spur conversations, connections, and ideas which the The Denver Foundation looks forward to potentially supporting.”

— LaDawn Sullivan, Director of Community Leadership, The Denver Foundation

Exhibit sponsors are The Denver Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, NGAAP Charlotte, Blair Caldwell Branch – Denver Public Library, Denver African American Philanthropists (DAAP), Denver (CO) Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Sisterhood of Philanthropists Impacting Needs (SPIN).

Event host committee members are Eula and Janet Adams, Councilman Albus Brooks, Linda Campbell, Richela Das, Chrissy Deal, Myra Donovan, MaryAnn Franklin, Barbara Grogan, Eddie and Andria Koen, and Rich Lopez.

Click here to read more from this article.

Turns Around The Sun

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moment sublime, smile 

compose dog day sunlit gaze

tick! time is tender

— ava wood

Don’t Cry.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

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While it’s disputed who first said it, that quote IS true.

Today we packed up at Johnson C. Smith University for Denver—the next stop of The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited.

In August, the exhibition will be on display at Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, with community partners that include: The Denver FoundationThe Denver CO Chapter, The Links, IncorporatedDAAP – Denver African American Philanthropists and Spin Denver.

Hot Day. Heated Time. Warmed Heart

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” — Rumi

Though I cried when my exhibition’s outdoor installation was disassembled weeks ago, on June 19th the closing reception for The Soul of Philanthropy at JCSU was a time for reflection and celebration.

Unequivocally unceremonious, the outdoor display’s deinstallation would have made any sensitive soul sob. To dodge another tearful goodbye, this time we planned a party!  Food, friends, music and an easygoing afternoon proved perfect for soothing all our souls, particularly one day after learning of the Charleston church massacre. Even after trudging through 90-some-degree weather only to find the JCSU library without central air, the good vibes prevailed.

The collage of photos below capture the farewell to my baby in Charlotte. Now, I’m anticipating a happy reunion in Denver when the #philanthropyframed exhibition opens in August.