State of the HeART Philanthropy

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State of the HeART Philanthropy | 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 Exhibited represents 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 Levine Museum 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.

Come to see philanthropy differently.

New Generation of African American Philanthropists

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.
  1. Tiffany Graham, 2014
  2. Bernadette Johnson, 2013
  3. Lisa Moore, 2014
  4. Qiana Austin, 2014
  5. Diatra Fullwood, 2006
  6. Ed Franklin, 2008
  7. Donna Murray, 2014
  8. Rashad Davis, 2006
  9. Keysha Walker, 2013
  10. Robyn Massey, 2014
  11. Charles Thomas, 2011
  12. Dawn Fisher, 2008
  13. Jerel Harvey, 2013
  14. Todd Pipkin, 2014
  15. Valaida Fullwood, 2006
  16. Shawna Freeman, 2015
  17. Reginald White, 2015
  18. Victoria White, 2015
  19. Cathy Peterson, 2006
  20. Tiffani Teachey, 2015
  21. Michael DeVaul, 2015
  22. Renee Bradford, 2006
  23. Kia Lyons, 2015
  24. Clarence Lyons, 2013
  25. Albert Carter, 2015 (not pictured)
  26. Emma Allen, 2015 (not pictured)
  27. Eric Law, 2006 (not pictured)
  28. Jehan Shamsid-Deen, 2006 (not pictured)
  29. Meka Sales, 2009 (not pictured)
  30. Melandee Jones, 2007 (not pictured)
  31. Patricia Martelly, 2006 (not pictured)
  32. Steven Pearson, 2014 (not pictured)

Photographer: Rae Images

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Another Year To Celebrate!

Keep Calm 9th Anniv Temp imageWe 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.

2014 . . . Another Very GOOD Year

meka dawn charles at #CIN2014

Top 10 :: Year in Review from New Generation of African American Philanthropists:

Here’s to 2014, gone but not forgotten!

— VF

Come to BPM 2014 :: Forum For Civic Leadership


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Cause to CelebrEIGHT

NGAAP 8th BDay

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:

Stroll back along our journey with the photo slideshow below, which features members and events from June 8, 2006 until now. — VF

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From BGB: Black Philanthropy Panel Discussions in Charlotte Continue

All you have shall some day be given; 
Therefore give now, that the season of giving may be yours and not your inheritors. — Kahlil Gibran

Remarkably, on a sunny and springlike Saturday afternoon, more than 50 people came to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture on February 22 for a panel discussion on planned giving! An uncommon conversation, particularly in Black communities.

The five panelists at the “What Will Be Your Legacy” forum led an informative discussion and the audience was focused and engaged. You can read about the event at Black Philanthropy Panel Discussions in Charlotte Continue With ‘What Will Be Your Legacy?’

This slideshow below includes a dozen photos from the event, which was co-hosted by New Generation of African American Philanthropists and Gantt Center.

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Here’s To 2013!

It was a very good year.

And my giving circle, New Generation of African American Philanthropists, had the good fortune of serving up heaps of good stuff. See for yourself here.

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Circle members at a monthly meeting (with requisite food in abundance). And while not the best photography, one of the greatest pictures ever!


Happy New Year! Make 2014 a good year, too.

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Go Far and Together

Charles W. Thomas Jr., photographer

Charles W. Thomas Jr., photographer

Giving circles are growing in popularity, as indicated by this story in The New York Times…and this one from The Foundation Center…and this one from The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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 NetworkLinsey Mills and Michelle Serrano Mills of Next Generation of African American Philanthropists; Barron J. Damon of A Legacy of Tradition; and Diatra FullwoodRenee 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.
African proverb


Here’s your invitation!

You're invited!

We’re Bringing ‘Giving Back’ at Poor Richard’s Book Shoppe is a free and family-friendly gathering, centered on Black Philanthropy. The evening of the 23rd will include:

Poor Richard’s, a family-operated business in uptown Charlotte, is a full-service, independent bookstore and multi-cultural venue.

New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP-Charlotte), a CIN giving circle, comprises member-donors who pursue a mission “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.”

We’re aiming to do for philanthropy what Justin does for sexy. Well…we’re certainly trying.

— VF