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Since the inception of Midlands Gives in 2014, Central Carolina Community Foundation has raised more than $9.3 million for hundreds of local nonprofits.

COLUMBIA — Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands’ local center for philanthropy, invites the community to join the annual Black Philanthropy Month celebrations throughout August.

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Black Philanthropy Month is a national, coordinated effort to celebrate African American and African-descent giving in all its forms. The foundation will celebrate the month by sponsoring local events and promoting a giving day for black-led nonprofits and those supporting black individuals and communities. The Foundation will also share stories of impact and giving throughout the month on social media.

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“We believe that the diversity of our communities is a fundamental strength of our region,” says JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “We are proud to celebrate the amazing work of our region’s diverse multicultural philanthropists.”

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This year’s BPM theme, "Let’s Make History," recognizes that, through philanthropy, givers hold power to craft community, mold minds, weave wisdom, and forge the future. Founded in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Copeland-Carson and Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network, the initiative encompasses self-organized events, community dialogue, and charitable giving across the nation.

Members of the Midlands community can support BPM 2019 by attending events throughout the month hosted by local groups, like the Black Entrepreneur Survival Summit (B.E.S.S.) on Aug. 23. B.E.S.S. is hosted by COLA Gives, South Carolina’s first African American Giving Circle, and will help current and emerging entrepreneurs learn more about how to start a business, develop a viable business plan, manage legal requirements, identify funding sources, and apply creative marketing and networking techniques. Other events are being planned by The Talented Tenth SC, The Hive Community Circle, and Women Engaged.

The second annual Giving Black Day is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. Led by the Young, Black, and Giving Back Institute in Washington, D.C., the giving day initiative will culminate Black Philanthropy Month. The initiative urges people to support black-led and black-benefiting organizations. Registered nonprofits within Central Carolina Community Foundation’s 11-county footprint that raise $250 or more on August 28 and meet the Foundation’s nonprofit eligibility requirements will be entered into a drawing for one of eight $250 prizes provided by the Foundation. Donors are encouraged to make financial contributions directly to organizations through www.givingblackday.org.

Central Carolina Community Foundation, the Midlands' center for 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 online giving challenge Midlands Gives, On the Table, Connected Communities grants, the One SC Fund, the Best of Philanthropy Awards, and annual scholarships. For more information about the Foundation, visit www.yourfoundation.org or call 803-254-5601.

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