Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Charlotte Giving Circle Seizes the Season with Gatherings, Grants and Gifts

CHARLOTTE, NC – New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP-Charlotte) embraced the Season of Giving with fervor.  In November, members observed National Philanthropy Day with a panel discussion about giving circles.  Journalist Eric Frazier moderated the panel, which was part of an ongoing Black Philanthropy series in collaboration with the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture.

On December 6, the giving circle sponsored a performance by Birmingham–based cellist Malik Kofi at the Gantt Center’s annual fundraising event, Jazzy Holiday Luncheon.  In collaboration with Jack and Jill Charlotte Chapter, members arranged for Malik to perform at a yearly holiday festival at Reid Park Elementary School.  His musical performance enchanted the audience of children and parents.  NGAAP-Charlotte’s sister giving circle, Birmingham Change Fund, has served as a benefactor and supporter of young Malik’s development as a musician and public speaker.

In celebration of Christmas, the circle partnered with Hope Haven on two projects.  Hope Haven is a residential program that helps people in recovery rebuild their lives by providing them with the support services needed to achieve healthy recovery and economic independence.  On December 9, circle members constructed gingerbread houses with children and their families at Hope Haven.  Later, members bought gifts to fulfill the Christmas wishes of two Hope Haven families.  The circle gathered at the home of member Diatra Fullwood for a gift-wrapping party and year-end celebration.

To learn more about NGAAP-Charlotte, contact Ed Franklin (efrankli@yahoo.com).  And to learn more about giving circles, please contact Community Investment Network.

Contributed by Valaida Fullwood
Described an “idea whisperer,” Valaida brings unbridled imagination and a gift for harnessing wild ideas to her work as a writer and project strategist.  She is a founding member of Charlotte’s New Generation of African American Philanthropists and author of Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists.  For more, follow valaida.com, @ValaidaF and @BlkGivesBackCLT.

Photo: National Philanthropy Day panel discussion comprising: Michelle Serrano Mills (Next Generation of African American Philanthropists), Renee Bradford (New Generation of African American Philanthropists), Ed Franklin (New Generation of African American Philanthropists), Linsey Mills (Next Generation of African American Philanthropists) and Barron Damon (A Legacy of Tradition)

Photo credit: Charles Thomas, photographer and NGAAP-Charlotte member

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