PHILANTHROPY simply means: love of what it means to be human.
Join us for the inaugural exhibit opening for Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited on February 20, featuring Author A’Lelia Bundles, great-great-granddaughter of iconic entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker.
Exhibit Opening • The Soul of Philanthropy
Guest speaker: Author A’Lelia Bundles
Friday, February 20
Johnson C. Smith University
Check out our latest e-blast for more info.
Here’s YOUR INVITATION to attend the inaugural exhibition opening of Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited. #getyourgiveon
It’s Black History Month, and I must confess a “history crush” on both Absalom Jones and Richard Allen who were co-founders of the Free African Society, an early mutual aid society. I admire their vision and courage. They triumphed over slavery, and their lifetime of accomplishments speaks volumes about how brilliant, charismatic, tenacious, self-determined and generous they were.
I first came to know of Richard Allen as a young girl, since my family were generations-old members of Gaston Chapel AME Church. Richard founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church, America’s first independent Black church denomination, when he established Bethel AME Church in Philadelphia, PA in 1794. Later in life, I learned of Absalom Jones who also was an influential clergy member in the Philadelphia area.
During Philadelphia’s Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, for awhile, it was believed that Americans of African descent were immune to the disease and thus members of the Free African Society were summoned as volunteers to help contain the crisis. Absalom and Richard organized and led relief efforts for the sick, grieving and dying in a city of people ravaged by the disease. Soon it was apparent that African Americans could indeed contract Yellow Fever. Nevertheless, Absalom, Richard and their associates persisted with efforts to tend to city residents who were suffering and in dire need of help and compassion. Some time after the epidemic, both men went on to establish and lead independent Black congregations.
Even though they have yet to receive the recognition they deserve, I acknowledge these two great men as framers of what we now know as American philanthropy as well as the Black Church. Their Christian beliefs, philanthropic virtue, spirit of social reform and bold action have influenced how many Americans give back for more than 220 years.
From a moving tribute toward a triumphant movement of conscious giving for social change
Yesterday, our nation celebrated MLK Day of Service and remembered the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The coming 364 days provides space for the truest tributes to occur.
This year, members of New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP-Charlotte) have the privilege of partnering with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) to leverage seven years of work on the Giving Back Project by transforming our book Giving Back into the new touring exhibit, Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited.
Set to come to cities nationwide, this innovative photography exhibit is made possible with an IMLS grant and launches in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 20. In our latest e-blast, you will learn a bit about . . .
- Features, concepts and key elements of the exhibit
- Public programming and civic engagemeent offered in each community
- Opportunities to support this important new dimension of our work
Click here to access the rest of the Giving Back Project’s latest e-blast and to read more about “The Soul of Philanthropy”.
A cascade of gifts has, lately, refreshed me. The most generous of gestures from distant and nearby sources have rushed my heart and whirled inspiration, hinting the end of an exorbitantly long parched season.
I’ll likely share more about these experiences over the coming weeks, but here’s a splash of delight from just yesterday. My friend Manoj passed along something a friend shared with him—a poem! A good poem never ceases giving and, veritably, can replenish at a speed few things do. By Alberto Rios, Arizona’s first ever Poet Laureate, this one ripples and flows to my spring.
When Giving Is All We Have
One river gives
Its journey to the next.
We give because someone gave to us.
We give because nobody gave to us.
We give because giving has changed us.
We give because giving could have changed us.
We have been better for it,
We have been wounded by it—
Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,
Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.
Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,
But we read this book, anyway, over and again:
Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,
Mine to yours, yours to mine.
You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.
Together we are simple green. You gave me
What you did not have, and I gave you
What I had to give—together, we made
Something greater from the difference.
Top 10 :: Year in Review from New Generation of African American Philanthropists: http://www.icontact-archive.com/jp_xUj0qFyktMLO8BwbS6bPR8EdwvIs9?w=1
Here’s to 2014, gone but not forgotten!
As the year winds down, reflecting upon it reminds me just how incredible it’s been. Among the best moments was being the 2014 Lake Distinguished Visitor at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Indianapolis was a wonderful whirlwind of speaking engagements and book signings, spanning breakfast, lunch, dinner and the nearly every second in between, hosted by a law firm, church, classroom, community groups and more.
Here’s a BlackGivesBack.com story about it: Lake Institute Hosts First African American Distinguished Visitor in Philanthropy.
Someday at Christmas man will not fail
Hate will be gone and love will prevail
— Stevie Wonder
A holiday fave. Take a listen!
Have a Wonder-filled Christmas!!!
“Drawing with light” is beautifully both a literal and metaphorical description of taking photographs. Our upcoming photography exhibit draws inspiration from that definition as well as from the root meaning of philanthropy: love of what it means to be human. Each a potent concept on its own, combined, these ideas are fueling the design and programming for Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited. A powerful experience awaits gallery visitors and program participants in 2015. Expect an exhibition of humanity where the images glow, the stories enlighten and your soul is set afire.
Sharing love for the holidays. And anticipating the arrival of an exceptional new year!
That luminous part of you that exists beyond personality–your soul, if you will–is as bright and shining as any that has ever been….Clear away everything that keeps you separate from this secret luminous place. Believe it exists, come to know it better, nurture it, share its fruits tirelessly. — George Saunders