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March 14, 2011


Susan and Celeste: The Foundation Center would be very interested in connecting to discuss ways we can further this conversation. Feel free to contact me at Thanks! Cynthia Bailie

Thanks so much for your comment,and for reading the blog. I have your email address, and will get back to you. Thanks for joining the conversation on this topic. Stay tuned...

Thank you for your contributions to this important conversation by and for Black communities. We at the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) would love to connect to discuss ways we can work together to get out ideas, examples and promising practices regarding giving.

I am delighted to share with you all that I received an invitation to speak to teens of the Cleveland chapter of Jack and Jill America about African American Philanthropy next week (details of where to follow). What was great was the comment, "given your role at the United Black Fund and your new column on the Foundation Center site, we thought it would be wonderful to have you speak on the topic to our teens." So, people are reading the blog! Stay tuned!

This is so true. Perhaps the ideal vehicle to start with is to first, seek out other like-minded people who want to be pro-active and form a Giving Circle. Giving Circles can be informal or formal. Meaning a group meets monthly and donates whatever the group decides is the donation amount. Then when the group has raised the amount of their goal, they identify local organizations that have the mission the Giving Circle wants to fund. Then, they make a donation using the funds raised. A formal Giving Circle would establish a 501 c3 organization and all that goes with it. But, whatever an individual decides to do. The first step is take action.

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