State of the HeARTPhilanthropy |New Generation of African American Philanthropists
September 1 opens the door to another year of Black giving in all its forms. Let’s keep giving augustly, and celebrate together again next August!
In substance and in symbolism, The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibitedrepresents our giving circle’s gifts of time, talent and treasure. It is part of our civic leadership in reframing portraits of philanthropy. Through the power of art and culture, the exhibit is designed as a call to action toward a movement of conscious giving for social change.
On September 5, the Pop-Up, Abridged Edition of “The Soul of Philanthropy” exhibit opens to the public at Charlotte’s LevineMuseum of the New South.It will run through February 2016—Black History Month. Visit and you will see the exhibition celebrates our stories, which span the Old South and the New South. Our circle’s work is also shaping The South of the Future, because we recognize that Black giving matters.
Group portrait featured above was taken at The Green, Charlotte, North Carolina, August 16, 2015. Members and the year they joined the giving circle are listed below and ordered as pictured from left to right.
We released an e-newsletter today to mark the ninth year of New Generation of African American Philanthropists—the Charlotte-based giving circle behind Giving Back and The Soul of Philanthropy. Click here to check out our latest news.
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
That’s why I’m energized about the upcoming panel discussion that my giving circle and the Gantt Center are co-hosting on National Philanthropy Day (November 15). It’s free and open to the public, so if you’re in the Charlotte or would like to swing through, I encourage you to come. But first, R.S.V.P.
Eric Frazier, writer for The Charlotte Observer and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, is moderator for this week’s panel discussion on giving circles and collective giving, which is part of a Black Philanthropy series. The panelists are friends and fellow members of Community Investment Network: Linsey Mills and Michelle Serrano Mills of Next Generation of African American Philanthropists; Barron J. Damon of A Legacy of Tradition; and Diatra Fullwood, Renee Bradford and Ed Franklin of New Generation of African American Philanthropists.
Learn more about the event on BGB and then come participate on November 15!
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.
With a roomful of 60 people to generate ideas and momentum, seven years ago today, 17 of us embarked on what was the founding of the giving circle New Generation of African American Philanthropists, also known as, NGAAP-Charlotte.
A great deal has occurred since our first gathering on June 8, 2006 at The Wadsworth Estate. The giving circle has ten additional members and we expect to add even more. Through grants, community service, civic engagement and leadership, NGAAP-Charlotte has invested close to $200,000 to nonprofits and the broader community to help create the change we wish to see. Our mission is: To promote philanthropy—the giving of time, talent and treasure—among African Americans in the Charlotte region, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life within our communities.
Below are members of NGAAP-Charlotte since 2006. The asterisks (*) indicate the 17 founding members.
Men Tchaas Ari*
Renee L. Bradford*
Heather Carty Ward*
Charles W. Thomas, Jr.
Members of NGAAP-Charlotte | Photograph by Charles W. Thomas, Jr.