Chalk It Up!

Giving back, summed up.

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From Denver exhibition opening, Aug 1, 2015. Photo credit: Flor Blake, The Denver Foundation

‘The Soul of Philanthropy’ Comes Alive in Denver This Weekend

Below are excerpts from “’The Soul of Philanthropy’ exhibit celebrates African-American giving” by Laura Bond for The Denver Foundation.

Dora's handsThe Denver Foundation and Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library are honored to co-host “The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited,” a photographic and narrative exploration of African American giving, which runs August 1-31 at the library, 2401 Welton Street, in Denver’s historic Five Points neighborhood.

Denver is one of only ten cities to host “The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited,” which explores the triumphant movement of conscious giving for social change, shared through photos and words of African American philanthropists, with a special addition of Denver notables. Groundbreaking in focus and depth, the exhibition draws evocative images and incisive stories from the award-winning book Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, by Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr.

“This exhibit is a window into African American giving…While the photos may be black and white, the culture and history of philanthropy in the African American community is a vibrant collage of individual, collective, and strategic giving which impacts and elevates our community. It’s got heart all over it. This is certainly a ‘reframed image’ of what is stereotypically depicted of philanthropy in communities of color. This exhibit is sure to spur conversations, connections, and ideas which the The Denver Foundation looks forward to potentially supporting.”

— LaDawn Sullivan, Director of Community Leadership, The Denver Foundation

Exhibit sponsors are The Denver Foundation, Institute of Museum and Library Services, NGAAP Charlotte, Blair Caldwell Branch – Denver Public Library, Denver African American Philanthropists (DAAP), Denver (CO) Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Sisterhood of Philanthropists Impacting Needs (SPIN).

Event host committee members are Eula and Janet Adams, Councilman Albus Brooks, Linda Campbell, Richela Das, Chrissy Deal, Myra Donovan, MaryAnn Franklin, Barbara Grogan, Eddie and Andria Koen, and Rich Lopez.

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Don’t Cry.

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

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While it’s disputed who first said it, that quote IS true.

Today we packed up at Johnson C. Smith University for Denver—the next stop of The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited.

In August, the exhibition will be on display at Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, with community partners that include: The Denver FoundationThe Denver CO Chapter, The Links, IncorporatedDAAP – Denver African American Philanthropists and Spin Denver.

Hot Day. Heated Time. Warmed Heart

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” — Rumi

Though I cried when my exhibition’s outdoor installation was disassembled weeks ago, on June 19th the closing reception for The Soul of Philanthropy at JCSU was a time for reflection and celebration.

Unequivocally unceremonious, the outdoor display’s deinstallation would have made any sensitive soul sob. To dodge another tearful goodbye, this time we planned a party!  Food, friends, music and an easygoing afternoon proved perfect for soothing all our souls, particularly one day after learning of the Charleston church massacre. Even after trudging through 90-some-degree weather only to find the JCSU library without central air, the good vibes prevailed.

The collage of photos below capture the farewell to my baby in Charlotte. Now, I’m anticipating a happy reunion in Denver when the #philanthropyframed exhibition opens in August.

Seeing Through An Altered Lens

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We not only alter the lens on philanthropy, we also amplify Black voices in a myriad of ways. Here’s a link to the latest Giving Back Project (GBP) e-blast, with highlights, pics and video on our new touring exhibit: Watch Us Amplify The Soul of Philanthropy

Almost three years ago, we produced our first GBP video [ philanthropy reframed ] to alter and amplify voices, views and vibes. Happy to see that video surpass 3000 views this week!

GBP is based on the premise that the people comprising our communities and philanthropic institutions would benefit, immensely, by changing the scope of how we all see ourselves and by listening to understand, more often and far better.

— VF

‘Stick To Love’

“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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‘LOVE Wall’ of The Soul of Philanthropy exhibition at JCSU

Remembering that Dr. King was assassinated April 4, 1968 and striving to sustain his legacy 47 years later through our work on Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited.

‘Someone Gave 4 Me’

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“LOVE wall” pic from The Soul of Philanthropy exhibit at JCSU.

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Another NEW View, Vibe, Voice and Video on Philanthropy

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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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Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited

Join us for the inaugural exhibit opening for Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited on February 20, featuring Author A’Lelia Bundles, great-great-granddaughter of iconic entrepreneur and philanthropist Madam C.J. Walker.

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A’Lelia Bundles at the Schomburg Center, NYC, 2015

Exhibit Opening • The Soul of Philanthropy

Guest speaker: Author A’Lelia Bundles

Friday, February 20

6:00-9:30 pm

Johnson C. Smith University

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Check out our latest e-blast for more info.

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