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Free Inspirational Breakfast Event will examine the Four Philanthropic Traditions

 Elizabeth M. Lynn, Founder & Director of the Center for Civic Reflection at Valparaiso University, will speak at a free event in Columba on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 8:30 AM at the South Carolina State Museum’s Vista Room. The event is hosted by Central Carolina Community Foundation as part of the annual Philanthropist Forum series.

Discover how your personal giving fits into the larger landscape of American philanthropy and how philanthropic engagement can shape community.

Elizabeth Lynn will examine four distinctive philanthropic traditions in the United States and invite participants to reflect on their own traditions, the landscape of philanthropy in our community and how philanthropic engagement can shape community. The four traditions Lynn will discuss include:

  • Philanthropy as relief, which operates on the principle of compassion and seeks to alleviate human suffering
  • Philanthropy as improvement, which operates on the principle of progress and seeks to maximize individual human potential
  • Philanthropy as reform, which operates on the principle of justice and seeks to solve social problems
  • Philanthropy as civic engagement, which operates to relieve, improve or reform the communities being served

The event is free for the public to attend and light breakfast will be provided. RSVPs are requested at

This event is part of programming for the upcoming Soul of Philanthropy exhibit. The Soul of Philanthropy, multimedia exhibition dedicated to sharing the tradition of African-American philanthropy, will debut in South Carolina on February 10, 2018 at Richland Main Library.

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