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 BlackGivesBack.com: 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.
While it’s not a Justin Timberlake kind of “sexy,” it’s a topic we think is pretty hot. So…We’re Bringing Giving Back!
Join us Wednesday, February 26, when New Generation of African American Philanthropists will present at the February lunch meeting of Association of Fundraising Professional (AFP), Charlotte Chapter.
Find more info here: AFP Charlotte February 2014 Monthly Meeting
Three consecutive events are on the horizon where my giving circle and/or I will lead discussions about various facets of philanthropy. Civic discourse and public perceptions are shifting about the essence of philanthropy and how we can practice it to benefit the beloved community. There’s far more work to do, but the seeds of our long collective effort are blossoming and I couldn’t be happier.
“Feed Your Soul” Lecture Series, Feb 19
Arizona Community Foundation
“What Will Be Your Legacy?” Panel Discussion, Feb 22
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
“We’re Bringing Giving Back” Presentation, Feb 26
Association of Fundraising Professionals-Charlotte Chapter
(and this doesn’t even include this weekend’s retreat with members of New Generation of African American Philanthropists, where we’ll plant more seeds for gatherings, grants and giving in 2014.)
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.
Happy New Year! Make 2014 a good year, too.
Year-end Message from New Generation of African American Philanthropists, Dec 2012 – valaida.com
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.
Here’s your invitation!
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:
- Book talk with the author and photographer of “Giving Back”
- Readings from members of New Generation of African American Philanthropists
- Q&A and audience engagement about the book’s themes and messages
- Celebration of culture and history #BHM
- Book signing
- And more!
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.
After a year, we finally carved out time to complete this short film and just posted it to YouTube yesterday. Watch. Enjoy. Share.
A perfect gift book, Giving Back offers wells of inspiration for generous souls and lovers of photography, culture, and humanity. Every book purchased keeps giving, since proceeds benefit the philanthropic causes of NGAAP-Charlotte—and since the stories themselves inspire readers to give.
You can buy it here.