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.

Wouldn’t It Be Loverly: My Video for Valentine’s Day

PHILANTHROPY simply means: love of what it means to be human.

I’m a bit of a dreamer, but wouldn’t it be great if we heeded the message of this video?
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#getyourgiveon

2014 . . . Another Very GOOD Year

meka dawn charles at #CIN2014

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!

— VF

From BGB :: ‘What’s Community Got To Do With It?’ A Civic Engagement Forum in Observance of Black Philanthropy Month

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:

‘What’s Community Got To Do With It?’ A Civic Engagement Forum in Observance of Black Philanthropy Month

NGAAP Presents - A Conversation with Dr Emmett D Carson 8-5-14Barely ever happier.

— VF

Proclaimed!

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:

  • To observe this month,
  • To celebrate the cultural richness and philanthropic spirit of our community, and
  • To recognize the vital role generosity plays in ensuring a healthy, safe and prosperous community in which to live, work and flourish.

BPM 2014 Proclamation

Black Philanthropy Month. August…and giving augustly, year-round! 

Come to BPM 2014 :: Forum For Civic Leadership

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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 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.

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CLT Chapter of Fundraising Pros Hosts NGAAP Giving Circle

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

Thrice Is Nice

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

More info is here and here. Come join us!

(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.)

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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