Founded in 2006, New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP-Charlotte) is a giving circle with members who share values around philanthropy and pool charitable dollars to give back to the community. We envision “a healthy, safe and prosperous community for African American families to live, work and flourish”. Our mission is “to promote philanthropy—the giving of time, talent and treasure—among African Americans in the Charlotte region, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life within our communities.” Our circle’s fund is hosted by Foundation For The Carolinas (FFTC).

On June 8, 2006, a committee of the African American Community Foundation, which is affiliated with FFTC, hosted a gathering at The Wadsworth Estate.  The meeting was held in collaboration with community organizers Darryl Lester and Athan Lindsay, under a Ford Foundation-funded initiative to engage Black donors across the American South. In a room full of 60 people to generate ideas and momentum, a group of Charlotteans embarked on what would become the founding of New Generation of African American Philanthropists.

Through collective giving, civic engagement and grantmaking, we explore new as well as time-honored ways of giving and embrace a definition of philanthropy that encompasses gifts of not only treasure, but also time, talent, and the truth of our testimonies. The Giving Back Project is our civic engagement initiative to reframe portraits of philanthropy and reclaim the root meaning of philanthropy—love of humanity—by celebrating African American history and traditions of giving. The initiative began in 2007 with development of the book Giving Back and has now evolved into a vehicle for sharing our collective stories, promoting inclusive and responsive philanthropy, and stimulating conscious giving.  In 2015, the book was reimagined as a multimedia museum exhibit, titled Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited. “The Soul of Philanthropy” exhibit is now touring colleges and museums nationwide.

Late 2014, NGAAP members trained their focus on social justice philanthropy.  Through civic engagement and grantmaking, the circle gained greater insight into social justice and racial equity issues. That is,  how power dynamics, inequitable resource allocation, and bias in policies and practices undermine the impact and effectiveness of nonprofits with Black leadership and founders. This awareness led to the development of The Bold Project, which launched publicly in the summer of 2020.  Approaching its 15th year, NGAAP continues to evolve as a mature philanthropic collective that some, noting its shift, call a Giving Circle, v. 2.0. With a tight yet ever-expanding family of members, deeper knowledge and broader connections, NGAAP is taking on more risks as a funder and bold civic leader.  

You can support and participate in our work by becoming a vested, participating NGAAP member or by contributing financially as a friend of the circle.

Our giving circle began with 17 members as well as numerous friends of the circle. Over nearly 15 years, it has grown steadily to include over 40 members and a growing number of friends.

The 17 Founding Members of NGAAP-Charlotte:

  1. Men Tchaas Ari
  2. Renee L. Bradford
  3. Heather Carty Ward
  4. Deborah Charles
  5. Rashad Davis
  6. Diatra Fullwood
  7. Valaida Fullwood
  8. Ohmar Land
  9. Eric Law
  10. Tameka Lester
  11. Patricia Martelly
  12. Fontella McKyer
  13. Vernetta Mitchell
  14. Cathy Peterson
  15. Jenene Seymour
  16. Jehan Shamsid-Deen
  17. Annette Taylor

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