COLA Gives Celebrates Black Philanthropy Month

August 13, 2015

The first African American Giving Circle in South Carolina will celebrate its second year of service to the greater Columbia community at a meeting on Friday, August 28, 2015.  COLA Gives—a Community Organized to Leverage Assets—will hold its annual public meeting at 5:30 PM at the Brookland Lakeview Empowerment Center 1218 Batchelor Street West Columbia, SC 29169

In addition to two years of grant making, the meeting will recognize and celebrate August as national Black Philanthropy month. COLA Gives is just one of a number of giving circles across the country who have organized to inspire, connect and strengthen African Americans and communities of color to leverage their collective resources and create the change THEY wish to see.

Ben Dixon, president of COLA Gives, defines a Giving Circle as “a group of individuals who pool their personal time, talents, and treasure to address social issues and enrich their communities by using thoughtful giving strategies, and making philanthropy accessible and more democratic to everyday people.”

The meeting on August 28th begins at 5:30PM and includes a social hour, refreshments and a program that will feature stories of impact by organizations that have benefitted from small grants given by COLA Gives. Guest speakers include Valaida Fullwood, author of “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists,” and Dr. Erin Moore, Executive Director of The Community Investment Network, a national organization dedicated to developing and supporting giving circles at the community level.

COLA Gives is a membership organization designated by federal and state government as a 501(C)3 tax exempt entity.  Information on the August 28th celebration and meeting, and directions for becoming a member of and/or making a donation to COLA Gives can be obtained by calling 803-497-3638 or email bdixon711@

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