Centering important causes connects events to a higher purpose
Philanthropy is a term that’s used often but not always understood. As a society, we think of philanthropists as individuals of note and great wealth – Bill and Melinda Gates, Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. But you don’t need a billion-dollar bank account balance to participate.
In essence, philanthropy is any act of charitable giving that goes toward improving others’ lives. A check for $100,000 could certainly help a local food bank, but smaller grassroot donations are just as important.
Philanthropy, in all its forms, matters because other efforts like government spending and foreign aid aren’t enough. It makes up the deficits and enables progress that would otherwise be impossible. Philanthropy also fosters goodwill between citizens, between companies and the communities they serve, and between nations. And those who participate in philanthropy teach others the value of lending a helping hand.
Thus, when it comes to events, philanthropy is an essential element. While it’s exciting to gather large groups and celebrate or educate, a philanthropic component connects the assembly to a higher purpose, inspiring all participants. Attendees can walk away reinvigorated and reminded of the charitable causes they’re most passionate about. For the hosting organization, the event also serves as a reaffirmation of the company’s values. And in seeing other people, communities, and countries flourish, the benefits are priceless.
It’s through this lens that we bring our expertise to two powerful events this month.
The Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE) Annual Membership Meeting takes place April 19-21 in Portland, Oregon and online. The gathering – “Reimagining Government for Racial Equity and Justice” – will bring together racial equity practitioners at the local, state, and regional levels to uplift, celebrate, and share, in the name of advancing racial equity.
And from April 21-23 in Washington, D.C., the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) will host “Harambee: Let’s Pull Together”, the largest convening of Black professionals in philanthropy. During the event, attendees will discuss the most urgent needs for Black communities across a series of curated sessions.
We’re honored not only to play a pivotal role in producing these events but also to elevate the needs of communities of color and create spaces for philanthropic work and fundraising.
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