Excellent Example

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Meka Sales honors her mother’s philanthropic legacy

“What are you doing to serve?”

In celebration of Women’s History Month, a tiny question with huge implications is shared from Giving Back. The question is from a story by Meka Sales in memory of her mother Shirley Oliver Nelson—an excellent example of generousness.

Read Meka’s full story: “An Excellent Example,” Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists (pp. 148-149).

‘Mothering Teacher, Teaching Mother’

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“Long before Hillary Clinton wrote a book, Mrs. Fullwood knew it takes a village to raise children. Her daughter and I became best friends in kindergarten, so Mrs. Fullwood has been part of my life for ages and she schooled me on many lifelong lessons.” — Lisa Moore, from the Giving Back story “Mothering Teacher, Teaching Mother”

You can access and read Lisa’s full story via the QR code below. Happy Mother’s Day! 

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Legacy Matters

Happy sums up how I’m feeling about tonight’s event with the members and supporters of the African American Legacy (AAL) at The Chicago Community Trust. I’m also looking forward to sharing the stage with Liz and Don Thompson, founders of Cleveland Avenue Foundation for Education, and Xavier Ramey, senior assistant director for social innovation and philanthropy at the University of Chicago. It’s certain to be a good night.

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Black Giving: Celebrating Our Past, Redefining Our Future

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Coming up next week and pretty excited about it! I’m eager to tighten connections with and learn more about the work of the African American Legacy, an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust. Chicago is such a spectacular city, and after the 30th I’ll share updates on my visit.

 

The Soul of Philanthropy: ‘Deeper than your pockets’

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The Soul of Philanthropy exhibit is borne of an unwavering belief that philanthropy is deeper than your pockets and, in fact, that the most potent philanthropy is derived from a blend of what’s within your hands, heart, head and soul. The soul being the core of who you are—the essence of your identity. Besides, what genuine and substantive good could ever come of soulless giving?

As of this week, the exhibit is on display at three venues: NC State University (comprehensive version), Levine Museum of the South (pop-up edition) and WV State University (pop-up edition). Each exhibition presents soulful imagery and narratives to bring to light universal truths about generosity and to inspire conscious giving.

WV Initiative Part of Changing Face of Philanthropy

Coming Up: West Virginia African American Philanthropy In Action

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To Live Gratitude

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To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven. — Johannes A. Gaertner

Giving thanks on Thanksgiving.

Heavenly

Dr Harper HandsGave away my soul.
Giving back to get it back.
Given what I know.

Ava Wood

No time today to pen a new poem, so I’ve recycled this haiku from Giving Back that I post here at least once a year.

Wishing you sweet sonnets, heavenly haiku, cozy couplets and such during National Poetry Writing Month!

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

Valentine’s Day Love via Video

Keeping it simple today with a video…particularly since a picture speaks a thousand words and since music begins wherwords end.

Watch: Valentine’s Day Love via Video

L-O-V-E | Charles W. Thomas Jr., photographer

L-O-V-E | Charles W. Thomas Jr., photographer

Love,

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(there’s music so check your volume)