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

From BGB :: #BPM2014 Generosity At Home and Around The Globe

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 . . .

Black Philanthropy Month 2014: Generosity At Home and Around The Globe

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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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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.)

The Heart of Community, Pictured

An array of images compose the photo slideshow below from The Heart of Community: Reflections on Justice & Giving event, which featured readings of Giving Back. The New York City event was hosted by Resource Generation and North Star Fund  in observance of Black Philanthropy Month, on Monday, August 26, 2013. Simone Sneed, an organizer of the event, recently interviewed me.

Here’s an excerpt from Simone’s interview, now featured on The Huffington Post:

“The space was filled with diverse life experiences; profoundly personal stories of community transformation and an active desire and yearning to be in collective dialogue.

From the early years of giving that established the Black churches which provided a literal and figurative sanctuary for civil rights work, to the more recent philanthropic engagement of communities dedicated to economic and racial justice, Valaida’s work comes a critical moment in time.”

Gratitude abounds for Simone, Nitika Raj, Sarah Tabet, Marisol Ybarra and others with Resource Generation and North Star Fund who see the value of storytelling from a wide spectrum of voices and communities.

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Generations of Generosity

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People talk a lot about “finding your purpose.” I generally don’t think about life or my pursuits in exactly those terms. Yet, when I see or hear from people whom I’ve never met, living in distant places clutching or glowing about Giving Back, I think I might have found mine.

Above is a photo of Neosha who won Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists as a giveaway during the recent Friends of Ebonie event, “Defining Young Black Philanthropy,” in Washington, DC.

The panel discussion and networking event, organized by Ebonie Cooper Johnson, was featured in The Washington Post and The Huffington Post. HuffPo asked, Will Black Millennials be the next wave of philanthropists? noting that “the days of old, rich men dominating the philanthropy space are long gone.”

I’m thrilled that attention is heightening and the frame is indeed widening around philanthropy and Black donors, across every generation—Millennial, Gen Y, Gen-X, Boomer and Greatest.

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‘Keep going, no matter what’

Today is the last day of Black History Month and I have the pleasure of traveling to NYC for a special event on Black Philanthropy hosted by BlackGivesBack.com and JPMorgan.

“Keep goingno matter what.” — Reginald F. Lewis

For the event I will have the joy of interviewing author Christina Lewis Halpern, daughter of the late business titan Reginald Lewis. Christina recently published her memoir Lonely at the Top about her life and experiences as the daughter of a highly successful and acclaimed entrepreneur, attorney and philanthropist who died too early. You can buy Christina’s book at Amazon and follow her on Twitter at @clewishalpern. More on this event later….gotta catch a flight! — VF

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Until The Lion Writes

Until the lion writes his own story, the tale of the hunt will always glorify the hunter. — African proverb

Sharing glorious stories of African American philanthropy at Poor Richard’s Book Shoppe during Black History Month 2013 with members of New Generation of African American Philanthropists! (Photos by Michael Sales)

We’re Bringing “Giving Back” . . .

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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