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CCCF Introduces Community-Wide Conversation about Multicultural Giving

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“Philanthropy Across Cultures” Panel Opens Door to Year-Long Discussion

Central Carolina Community Foundation – the Midlands’ expert on philanthropy – introduces a year-long, community-wide discussion about multicultural giving by celebrating the sixth annual Black Philanthropy Month throughout August 2016: a coordinated effort to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all forms, in the South Carolina Midlands and beyond.

Black Philanthropy Month: “Elevating A Culture of Giving”

The purpose of Black Philanthropy Month is to inform, involve, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. This year’s focal concept is “Elevating A Culture of Giving,” aiming to inspire ways of conscious and strategic giving in Black communities. The initiative encompasses self-organized events, community dialogue and charitable giving across the nation; sponsored by Central Carolina Community Foundation and other philanthropic leaders like Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Arizona Community Foundation, Southeastern Council of Foundations, Cleveland Foundation and Triangle Community Foundation. Community members can follow the national conversation via social media by following #BPM2016 and learn more about ways to celebrate at www.blackphilanthropymonth.com.

“Philanthropy Across Cultures” Panel

Central Carolina Community Foundation will present “Talk About Giving: Philanthropy Across Cultures,” a panel discussion that will discuss and celebrate giving across cultures and races, as a part of the nationwide initiative of Black Philanthropy Month and the blockbuster exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different” at the South Carolina State Museum.

The panel – facilitated by Valaida Fullwood, Black Philanthropy Month leader and author of “Giving Back, the Soul of Philanthropy” – will bring together five local charitable leaders:

  • Ben Dixon, Cola Gives Giving Circle
  • Anita Garrett, The Weathers Group and Women Engaged Giving Circle
  • Stephanie Kripa Cooper-Lewter, Visionary Founding Chair of Roshni, Lost Sarees National Women’s Giving Circle
  • Khue Nguyen, Vietnamese American Association of Greater Columbia
  • Maria Gonda Smoak, Mgsmoak and Associates

The “Philanthropy Across Cultures” panel will take place at the South Carolina State Museum in the Gervais Room on Saturday, August 27, 2016, 10:00-11:30 a.m. Members of the audience will receive a free day pass to the exhibit “RACE: Are We So Different.”

For more information about multicultural philanthropy, visit the Foundation’s webpage at https://www.yourfoundation.org/current-future-donors/make-most-your-giving.

For more information about Black Philanthropy Month, visit http://www.blackphilanthropymonth.com.

About Central Carolina Community Foundation

Central Carolina Community Foundation — the Midlands’ expert on philanthropy — is a nonprofit organization serving 11 counties in the Midlands by distributing grants and scholarships and linking the resources of donors, nonprofits and area leaders to communities in need. Major initiatives include the Midlands Gives 24-hour online giving challenge, Connected Communities grants, the One SC Fund, the Best of Philanthropy Awards, annual scholarships, and more. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803.254.5601.

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