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October 2018

  • Posted by James Mercado

    2018 Best and Brightest 35 And Under

    October 31, 2018

    Each year Columbia Business Monthly honors outstanding young professionals in the Midlands for their contributions to their community, careers, and families in their “Best and Brightest 35 and Under” feature.

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  • Posted by Erin Johnson

    Redefining Cycling in the Midlands

    October 31, 2018

    “We want to redefine what cycling is in the Midlands,” states Scott Nuelken, President and Chair, Cola Town Bike Collective. This is the goal of Cola Town Bike Collective’s project, Sprocket.

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  • Posted by James Mercado

    No Tricks, This Blog is Full of Treats

    October 15, 2018

    The fall season is here, bringing with it the excitement of selecting costumes and discussions of trading candy!

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  • Posted by James Mercado

    More Than Yarn

    October 2, 2018

    Yarn may seem like an unusual item to use to bring a community together but that is exactly what it has done in Sumter.

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September 2018

  • Posted by Erin Johnson

    Growing Connections

    September 6, 2018

    The Town of North’s beautification project of the 178 & 321 Intersection was selected as a 2018 Connected Communities grant recipient.  The Connected Communities grant initiative funds innovative ideas in three focus areas,

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November 2017

  • Posted by Erin Johnson

    The Tale of the "Two Cities" Project

    November 14, 2017

    Our latest blog highlights an interview of Seth Gadsden, Director of the Indie Grits Labs, a Connected Communities grantee.  The interview gives an overview of their "Two Cities" project.

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August 2017

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    How Can You Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey?

    August 29, 2017

    When South Carolina was ravaged by floods in 2015 and Hurricane Matthew in 2016, individuals, businesses, organizations and community foundations across the country provided financial support to the

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July 2017

  • Posted by Kevin Patten

    Blow Out the Candles and Make Your Wishes Known

    July 19, 2017

    The first woman I fell in love with turned 75 this year.  Yes, my Mom celebrated her 75th birthday with a surprise luncheon from her six kids.  As I watched Mom blow out the candles on her cake, I wondered what she was wishing.

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February 2017

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July 2016

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Moving Forward By Hearing, Learning, and Understanding

    July 12, 2016

    On July 10, South Carolina celebrated the one-year anniversary of the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State House grounds.  What should have been a joyful event for our state became a backdrop for protests against th

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March 2016

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    Meet Chelsee

    March 11, 2016

    Chelsee is the first recipient of the Harmon Scholarship, a scholarship for graduates from public high schools in Sumter County that helps students realize the American Dream. Chelsee recently returned to her alma mater to share with students her scholarship story. This week, we are excited to share an excerpt from her inspiring speech:

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December 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    The 2015 Holiday "Acts of Giving" List

    December 1, 2015

    As the Midlands’ expert in philanthropy, we’re offering you a list of our recommendations for local “acts of giving” opportunities to get you started.  We hope you will take time this holiday season to enjoy a time honored family tradition or begin a new one. Your traditions will certainly inspire generosity!

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October 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Uniting in Flood Relief

    October 9, 2015

    The outpouring of support from friends and strangers in response to the flooding this week has been trem

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August 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Love Where You Live

    August 13, 2015

    There’s a lot to love about the Midlands. From vibrant festivals and weekend events to beautiful parks and places to gather, our community offers much to do and many places to enjoy. As we work to improve our community, we want to recognize the good work that is already being done. So, during the next twelve months our blog will tell the stories of the everyday philanthropists in our community, folks who love where they live and who through their actions are helping build a connected community.  We look forward to sharing these stories and hope they inspire you to love where you live and invest in its future.

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June 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Safety First: Avoiding Giving to Fraudulent Charities

    June 1, 2015

    Safety is important in all areas of life. We spend lots of time and energy making sure we are safe -- avoiding common dangers everywhere we go. Similar safety habits should also be applied when we make charitable gifts.

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April 2015

  • Palmetto Computer Consulting #IAmMidlandsGives Video Contest

    April 9, 2015

    Midlands Gives is made up of everyone in our community. Each person who participates on May 5th is a philanthropist. Wheather supporting a nonprofit organization through an online donation or spreading the word about your favorite causes, we can all magnify philanthropy and support our favorite causes. The Midlands community is invited to share why you are a philanthropist during our Palmetto Computer Consulting #IAmMidlandsGives video contest. 

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March 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Creating Change As One Community

    March 12, 2015

    Did you know that the “case of the century” began in South Carolina?  In the late 1940s, residents of Clarendon County decided it was time for change.  Rev. De Laine and his community were tired of the inequality in their children’s education and began working together to create a better life for the future generations.  The community filed a lawsuit that demanded the end of separate, unequal schools.  The final result? A landmark case, Briggs v. Elliot, that led to the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education lawsuit and the Supreme Court declaration that segregated public schools are unconstitutional.

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February 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Strengthen Your Heart with Giving

    February 26, 2015

    During the month of February, our hearts get lots of attention. Between Valentine’s Day and National Heart Month, we can’t ignore the importance of this organ. Our hearts are the center of our health, both physical and emotional. Most likely, you have seen lots of advice on how you can protect and strengthen this valuable organ.  Did you know that giving can also strengthen your heart? That’s right; giving has been proven to be good for your heart health, both physically and emotionally.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    A Matchmaker for Philanthropy

    February 12, 2015

    What do Match.com, eHarmony and Central Carolina Community Foundation have in common?  The answer?  We are all dating sites.  Yes, believe it or not, Central Carolina Community Foundation has been a matchmaker for years.  No, we probably can’t help you find true love, but we can help you find the charitable causes you’ve dreamed of helping.  The Foundation helps people in our community find causes and organizations that match their charitable giving goals.

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January 2015

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    The Chain Reaction of Giving

    January 16, 2015

    One of my favorite games growing up was dominos.  But I never actually followed the rules. Instead, I took my domino collection and made designs on the floor, relishing in the final act of seeing the long line knocked down by the touch of a finger.  It amazed me how a simple act of knocking down the first domino could start such a large chain reaction.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    A Lesson from Luke

    January 8, 2015

    After spin class last Saturday, my neighbor Kevin asked my advice about making a donation.  His son Luke, who is in 2nd grade, had seen the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (APSPCA) commercials showing injured and abandoned animals and wanted to make a donation to an animal shelter.  After discussing some local shelter options, I told Kevin about the Foundation’s Talk About Giving Game and how it could help facilitate his family’s conversation about charity. 

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December 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    7 Generous Family Holiday Traditions

    December 17, 2014

    Traditions make this time of year extra special.  In addition to strengthening family bonds, traditions teach values and skills to your children. During the holidays, children can get wrapped up making their wish lists for Santa and dropping hints about special toys they’d like to see under the tree. This year, take time to incorporate some of these simple and fun traditions that teach giving into your holiday plans:

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Make the Most of Your Giving Spirit

    December 4, 2014

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year.  There is so much to celebrate during the holiday season, so much festivity and cheer.  But what’s most exciting is the spotlight on giving.  Or, the “giving spirit,” that society embraces like an old friend.  The holidays are a great time to encourage giving.  Giving brings joy throughout the year and even more so during the holiday season.  But how do you ensure that you make wise donation decisions?

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October 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Why Do You Give?

    October 31, 2014

    30 years ago, several Midlands business leaders came together to

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Giving is Contagious

    October 3, 2014

    Did you know you can catch the “Giving Bug?”  That’s right, giving is contagious.  The more you give and, spread your passion for giving to others, the more others will give.  When you give, you create a ripple effect, spreading generosity throughout our community.  Your gifts today can inspire others to be generous tomorrow.

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September 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    The Impact of Simplicity

    September 19, 2014

    Simplicity.  Even the sound of the word makes me smile.  It is a characteristic many of us strive for but, with the demands

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August 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    What Motivates You to Give?

    August 22, 2014

    There are many reasons a person chooses to be philanthropic. But, it is often surprisingly difficult to pinpoint the personal motivations that drive our decision. Aristotle said “To give away money is an easy matter and in any man’s power. But to decide to whom to give it and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every man’s power nor an easy matter.” Knowing the motivations behind our charitable efforts helps us make wise choices when deciding where to give. This knowledge can make the difference between proactive and reactive giving.

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  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Sistercare Leaves a Legacy

    August 14, 2014

    One in every four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

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  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    A New Perspective on Philanthropy

    August 8, 2014

    By Tori Sharpe, Summer Intern

    One of the most interesting things about interning with Central Carolina Community Foundation has been explaining to others what I do. Though community foundations are a vital and growing part of our communities, many people have never heard the term “community foundation” before and, if they have, are unclear on the details. 

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July 2014

  • Posted by David Laird

    Sonoco Foundation Accepting Fall Grant Proposals

    July 30, 2014

    The Sonoco Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hartsville, SC-based Sonoco

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    5 Reasons to Give Locally

    July 25, 2014

    One of my favorite Midlands activities during the summer is visiting our many local farmers’ markets.  In addition to the fun of shopping for fresh, in-season produce, I enjoy knowing that my purchases are helping our local farmers and our local economy. This Saturday, when I was strolling through the Soda City Market, it struck me that there wasn’t much difference between buying local tomatoes and investing in local charities.

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June 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    8 Books About Giving For Your Summer Reading List

    June 19, 2014

    Although the heat of summer has descended on us, the summer season officially begins this Saturday, June 21st. Summer activities lend themselves toward relaxation. It’s the perfect time to plunge into your reading list, learn about a new subject, or teach your children about a new topic they might not learn in school. If giving and philanthropy are your topics of interest, we have the scoop on the books you should add to your summer reading list.

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  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    The Philanthropic Budget

    June 5, 2014

    Resources are limited. There is only so much time in the day and so much money to go around. With prices climbing and demands for our limited resources increasing rapidly, it can seem especially difficult to fit philanthropy into our lives. We hear frequently about the importance of budgeting to ensure our financial obligations are met and goals reached. Today, we have some simple tips for how you can include philanthropy into your planning, ensuring that it becomes a lifestyle habit instead of one more demand on your limited resources.

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May 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Midlands Gives Unites Community

    May 13, 2014

    Wow! 24-hours. 150 nonprofits. $704,932.23 raised! Behind these incredible results were inspiring stories of our community uniting to Magnify the Midlands. Thank you! We were overwhelmed bythe generosity of the community and the resulting success of our inaugural Midlands Gives.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Magnify the Midlands

    May 1, 2014

    Do you remember using a magnify glass growing up? Most likely, you used it in science class or maybe in your own exploration of the world.

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April 2014

  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Leaving a "Giving" Footprint

    April 24, 2014

    With the celebration of Earth Day this week, there were lots of conversations about making the world a better place for future generations. We were reminded that how we care for our planet today affects those who will be living here long after we are gone. Interestingly enough, this concept also applies to our giving habits. If we are proactive, we can help the future generations through family philanthropy and planned giving. 

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    How Do Nonprofits Touch Your Life?

    April 18, 2014

    Whether we realize it or not, nonprofit organizations touch everyone’s lives. On May 6th, folks in the Midlands will have the chance to give back to the nonprofits that are touching their lives through Midlands Gives. 

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  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Giving Back with Heart n' Soul

    April 15, 2014

    People dancing the night away to the sound of cover songs from the 50’s and 60’s isn’t usually what comes to mind when a person hears the word nonprofit. However, Heart ‘n Soul is not the typical nonprofit.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Don’t Be Fooled! Five Mistakes to Avoid When Giving

    April 4, 2014

    With April Fools’ Day occurring earlier this week, you most likely have had your fair

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March 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Three Simple Questions: A Daily Reminder to Give

    March 28, 2014

    Similar to many areas of life, learning to give takes practice. For many of us, giving does not come naturally but is something we must grow to appreciate and value and be reminded of on a daily basis. This is especially true as we strive to raise generous children. 

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Giving Wisely

    March 21, 2014

    When my husband and I give, we often give locally. We are familiar with the nonprofits in our community and their reputations. Very often, we know people who work at the organization or serve on the board. We might even be a volunteer.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Making Realistic Commitments

    March 14, 2014

    Have you ever found yourself in a position where you’ve ‘bitten off a bit more than you can chew?’ We’re all

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February 2014

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Doing Good From Your Kitchen Table

    February 27, 2014

    This month, we’ve all experienced some seasonal cabin fever. How do you cope when TV is not a great option and the chorus of brother-and-sister bickering might be hitting a high?

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January 2014

  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    SOUPer Bowl

    January 23, 2014

    A big ‘holiday’ is coming up. It’s one of my family’s favorites – an annual celebration when we gather around the television with friends and eat a “full flavored” selection of hot wings, chicken nachos, queso dip and brownies.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    MLK Day of Service

    January 16, 2014

    “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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November 2013

  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Giving Tuesday 2013

    November 26, 2013

    Many of us hit the stores on Black Friday. Maybe even more of us participated in Cyber Monday.

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  • Posted by JoAnn Turnquist

    Thanks and Giving

    November 20, 2013

    The holidays are officially here. Travel plans have been made and grocery lists are being checked.

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February 2013

  • Posted by Heather Sherwin

    Simplified, Flexible Giving Through Donor-Advised Funds

    February 21, 2013

    “We don’t like to be minimalists,” Brian Huff says, describing the giving philosophy he and his wife Ashley adhere to.

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Charitable Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

    February 12, 2013

    Valentine’s Day is traditionally for sweethearts, but there are a lot of people out there that deserve our appreciation. And others that could probably use a little love. (photo caption: In 2012, CCCF staff delivered treats to the Columbia City Police Department.) There are so many little and big ways anyone – young or old – can help others. Whether it’s through a donation, act or something so simple as holding the door for a stranger and wishing them a good morning.

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November 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Teens: The Benefits of Volunteering

    November 30, 2012

    Many schools these days are requiring that students complete pre-determined hours of volunteer work in our community. Whether your children are required to volunteer, do so on their own, or you’re interested in offering them a new experience, you can be assured that not only will the community benefit, they will too.

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  • Posted by Kristin Williamson

    Giving Tuesday 2012

    November 27, 2012

    Many of us hit the stores on Black Friday. Maybe even more of us participated in Cyber Monday. Lots of us shopped locally on Small Business Saturday.  'Tis the season of giving and getting. But what about really giving?

    Well now we have an opportunity to show that we 'give as good as we get' on GIVING TUESDAY. Today! It's simple, really. All you have to do is find a way to participate in acts of giving. You could include your family, your business or a group of your friends. You can volunteer, you can give financially, you can help a neighbor. It doesn't matter what you do, just simply do it.

    Bonus points for Giving Tuesday? Tell your children. Better yet? Include them.

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October 2012

  • Posted by David Laird

    Make A Difference Day 2012

    October 18, 2012

    Helping others ... Community involvement ... Making a difference ... Instilling these values into our children. These things all sound good, especially the last one, right? Maybe you want these things to be a priority for your family, but you're just not sure how to make that happen. Well, here's your excuse to give it a try: Make A Difference Day - Saturday, October 27, 2012

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March 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Helping the Hungry

    March 12, 2012

    Last week, we caught a segment on Good Day Columbia regarding a recent report published by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) which ranked South Carolina fifth in the nation for food hardship. And if you zero-in on regions, the Columbia area ranks 13th in the nation.  (click the link to see the full report)

    Hunger is a huge problem and a complicated issue, but we can empower our children to make a difference if we educate them about the issue and provide them with opportunities to help instead of ignoring or attempting to insulate them from the reality of this epidemic issue. One in four children in our state goes to bed hungry at night. It is all around us.

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February 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Sharing the Love

    February 8, 2012

    Valentine’s Day is next week. The kids have probably picked out the treats and cards they’ll share with their friends. Maybe you’ve picked out a little something special for them, too. Perhaps your family will share a special meal next Tuesday evening. It’s the perfect time to bake some pink sugar cookies. Red, heart napkins might be included in lunch boxes. You might spend some time gluing white paper doilies to construction paper hearts for grandparents.

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January 2012

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Where Should I Give My Birthday?

    January 18, 2012

    So you’re thinking about planning a Charitable Birthday for your kiddo(s) this year but not sure what nonprofit would be appropriate to support?

    To help, we’ve pulled together a list* of Midlands, SC-area** nonprofits for your consideration that provide wish lists on their websites. Items requested range from art supplies to snacks to cleaning products to linens to baby food. There are so many options!

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December 2011

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Helping During the Holidays

    December 12, 2011

    For many, the holiday season represents a time of giving – giving gifts, giving thanks and giving back. Perhaps this year, as you’ve plinked through your shopping list of goodies and threatened your children with coal and switches, you've wondered how your family could do more for others and how you can offer your children a lesson about the needs of your community.

    Too stressed to fit it in or worried it’s too late? Well, think again.  There are lots of simple things you and your family can do to help make the holidays happier for those in need in our community*. 

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September 2011

  • Posted by CCCF Guest

    A New Tradition: Give Away Your Birthday

    September 21, 2011

    Authored by Julie Smith Turner

    I never knew one of the most difficult things you face as a parent is giving your children too much. But the signs are everywhere in our house. The bedrooms have toys. The living room has toys. The family room has toys. Even the bathtub has toys.

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July 2011

  • Posted by Talk About Giving

    Raising Generous Children

    July 28, 2011

    There are many varying names for the different generational groups that came along after the Baby Boomers – Generation X, Generation Y, the Millenials, Generation Z, Generation@. Regardless of the name and the many positive traits these different groups possess, we’ve all heard a few negative descriptions applied to all of them, such as spoiled, entitled, self righteous and selfish. 

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