To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. — Johannes A. Gaertner
Giving thanks on Thanksgiving.
It’s been two months since my last blog post due, in large part, to a full travel schedule for book talks and preparations for the upcoming launch of the “Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited” exhibition. (More to come about the exhibit over the next few months!!!)
Here’s a BlackGivesBack.com story about my visit to Hartford, Connecticut in September: Hartford Foundation Celebrates Black Philanthropy with Stories of Inspiration.
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.
Black Enterprise ran a story about the project: Johnson C. Smith to Launch Art Exhibit on Black Philanthropy
Here’s to the passion and purpose, hard work, painful sacrifices, blind faith and resiliency that eventually make dreams come true!
Here’s an article recently featured in Triangle Community Foundation’s newsletter in observance of Black Philanthropy Month during August.
Take a look at: Black Giving Aims To Bridge Philanthropy Gap
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.
Community Investment Network is approaching the start of its 10th anniversary conference in Durham, October 2-5. Leading participants in the three-day conference are shown above and listed below.
Read more at on BlackGivesBack.com: Community Investment Network Set To Mark A Decade of Impact Through Giving Circles. And then register to attend!
Floating somewhere on Cloud 8.7 is where I’ve landed one week after NGAAP-Charlotte’s BPM 2014: Forum For Civic Leadership.
Here’s a link to a recap and photos on BlackGivesBack.com:
In case it slipped your mind: August IS Black Philanthropy Month!
Read more about what’s happening and what you can do at BlackGivesBack.com . . .
The Honorable Daniel Clodfelter, Mayor of Charlotte, has proclaimed August 2014 as Black Philanthropy Month!
At Tuesday’s BPM 2014 :: Forum For Civic Leadership, City Councilman David Howard opened the event by reading the City of Charlotte’s proclamation. And I’m proud to share it with you. If the version below proves illegible, you can also access it via this link: City of Charlotte BPM Proclamation.
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:
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:
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