In lieu of resolutions, New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP Charlotte) is entering 2019 resolute.
A year of Learn+Lead forums, new connections, both near and far, and growing consciousness has trained our sights on Black-led nonprofit organizations and sharpened our articulation of the imperative of Black-led social change. We’ve been inspired by promising philanthropic work on this front in the Bay Area, Washington, DC and Philadelphia.
Notably, 2019 marks 400 years since the first documented arrival of Africans to English colonies that would become the United States of America. Throughout this year, our nation will commemorate the achievements and influence of Africans and their descendants since 1619. While large swaths of the Black experience in America are imprinted with tragedy and injustice, it is not the whole picture. Black leaders and institutions have played vital roles in our country’s formation, transformations and moral evolution. We are and always have been integral to the story of America—its economy, culture, politics, art, scholarship, innovation and global prominence.
After 12 years a circle, NGAAP Charlotte is committed to advancing its mission and making the case for strengthening Black-led social change organizations in Charlotte. Our daylong Advance 2019 is where we’ll come together soon to delve into data and further plan our strategy and goals.
In reflecting on 2018, we are grateful to Darrin Goss, Susan Taylor Batten, and everyone who joined us, participated and thereby supported our giving circle’s work. This year, NGAAP Charlotte members are determined to use our moves, minds and money in ways that enhance Black lives not only in 2019, but also in 2119—and thus take on the mantle of four centuries of generations before us.
Stay tuned or better yet become a member!
2018 Recap in Pics
A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission can alter the course of history. — Gandhi