State of the HeART Philanthropy

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State of the HeART Philanthropy | New Generation of African American Philanthropists

September 1 opens the door to another year of Black giving in all its forms. Let’s keep giving augustly, and celebrate together again next August!

In substance and in symbolism, The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited represents our giving circle’s gifts of time, talent and treasure. It is part of our civic leadership in reframing portraits of philanthropy. Through the power of art and culture, the exhibit is designed as a call to action toward a movement of conscious giving for social change.

On September 5, the Pop-Up, Abridged Edition of “The Soul of Philanthropy” exhibit opens to the public at Charlotte’s Levine Museum of the New South. It will run through February 2016—Black History Month. Visit and you will see the exhibition celebrates our stories, which span the Old South and the New South. Our circle’s work is also shaping The South of the Future, because we recognize that Black giving matters.

Come to see philanthropy differently.

New Generation of African American Philanthropists

Group portrait featured above was taken at The Green, Charlotte, North Carolina, August 16, 2015. Members and the year they joined the giving circle are listed below and ordered as pictured from left to right.
  1. Tiffany Graham, 2014
  2. Bernadette Johnson, 2013
  3. Lisa Moore, 2014
  4. Qiana Austin, 2014
  5. Diatra Fullwood, 2006
  6. Ed Franklin, 2008
  7. Donna Murray, 2014
  8. Rashad Davis, 2006
  9. Keysha Walker, 2013
  10. Robyn Massey, 2014
  11. Charles Thomas, 2011
  12. Dawn Fisher, 2008
  13. Jerel Harvey, 2013
  14. Todd Pipkin, 2014
  15. Valaida Fullwood, 2006
  16. Shawna Freeman, 2015
  17. Reginald White, 2015
  18. Victoria White, 2015
  19. Cathy Peterson, 2006
  20. Tiffani Teachey, 2015
  21. Michael DeVaul, 2015
  22. Renee Bradford, 2006
  23. Kia Lyons, 2015
  24. Clarence Lyons, 2013
  25. Albert Carter, 2015 (not pictured)
  26. Emma Allen, 2015 (not pictured)
  27. Eric Law, 2006 (not pictured)
  28. Jehan Shamsid-Deen, 2006 (not pictured)
  29. Meka Sales, 2009 (not pictured)
  30. Melandee Jones, 2007 (not pictured)
  31. Patricia Martelly, 2006 (not pictured)
  32. Steven Pearson, 2014 (not pictured)

Photographer: Rae Images

Get in the picture! Contribute to or join our circle at

On The Road With ‘Soul’: Mile High City Moments

The Denver opening of Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited, over the August 1st weekend, summed up in photography.

Still reframing portraits of philanthropy!

Photo credits:

  • Flor Blake, The Denver Foundation
  • Andrea Murray, A-Dre Productions
  • Valaida Fulllwood, The Giving Back Project

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

Can You Afford Not To?


A photograph from the outdoor element of “The Soul of Philanthropy” exhibit at JCSU.

Love this!

— VF


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


Check out our latest e-blast for more info.


Love. Give. Go. Do.

Three stories have come my way the last week or two, revealing how the video introducing Giving Back, titled [ philanthropy reframed ], is being used as a tool with a range of groups and in a variety of settings. Immense satisfaction fills me when I hear these stories. With a running time of a whopping 2.5 minutes, the book trailer took nearly as long to produce as the book and required eking out every ounce of my perseverance and resourcefulness.

So here’s one example of how and why the video is being shared with youth:

“Our Jack and Jill teens group is comprised of five young people in high school. …They are committed to philanthropy and giving back—a characteristic that will distinguish them as a small but mighty set of young people, and we are using ‘philanthropy reframed’ as an orientation to owning the language.”

Then there’s this example:

“I shared ‘philanthropy reframed‘ in a [church] seminar just this past week. Your personal advice about connection, audience and your speaking engagements touched me…a wonderful reminder of God’s grace, and how He works through people too.”

And then there’s this piece that was sent to a friend and then forwarded to me:

“… I was recently in a leadership training workshop and we viewed a short video that YOU were in!!! It was about the changing face of philanthropy. Basically African Americans’ increasing role in philanthropy…Many people from my leadership class (including myself) wanted a copy of that video! If you have it, can you forward me a link or URL to that video? It was super impact-ful!”

So if you’ve never seen it or it’s been a while, here it is . . .

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‘Cause That’s How We Do

Today our book trailer [ philanthropy reframed ] reached 1000 views on YouTube!

Watch it (again) and share it to hear a new voice, to feel a new vibe, to experience a new video and to gain a new view on philanthropy. #getyourgiveon

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Watch [Philanthropy Reframed]

Charles W. Thomas Jr., photographer

New voices. New vibe. New video. New view on philanthropy.

Watch our new 2.5-minute video trailer for the Giving Back Project and its centerpiece publication, Giving Back. The project is a civic engagement campaign comprising artful stories and photography that reframe portraits of philanthropy.

For too long, philanthropy has been narrowly defined by great wealth and large monetary gifts. Prevailing stories about giving often exclude generous everyday people and feed false notions about who can give and make a difference. Changing the world requires us to rethink and reframe philanthropy.

The Giving Back Project brings new content and fresh approaches to include a wider slice of society in philanthropy. Through our publications, multimedia presentations and interactive community forums, we lift up inspiring stories of everyday givers.

  • Literary arts
  • Photography
  • Spoken-word poetry
  • Oral history
  • Music
  • Digital media
  • Social networking

No matter the medium, our stories promote the belief that we all can and should give back, no matter our age or our circumstances. We celebrate generous gifts of time, talent and treasure and venture to reclaim the root meaning of philanthropy, love of humanity.

The Giving Back Project aims to ignite a movement of conscientious philanthropy by empowering a generation to recognize its power and responsibility to give back.

Join us…and get your give on!