Philanthropy For All

Our welcoming community initiatives engage diverse communities in addressing relevant needs and celebrates the rich cultural diversity that defines our region.

“For the Culture, For the Future”

August is Black Philanthropy Month! This year’s theme “For the Culture, For the Future,” aims to inspire strategic giving in black communities.

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.

Community members can follow the national conversation via social media by following #BPM2018 and learn more about ways to celebrate at

“Grown-Up Game Day” Special Event

This free event will feature thirteen local nonprofits and participants will have the chance to win prizes by playing a variety of games – from classic board games to video games! 

The event takes place on Saturday, August 19 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Elm Abode. Special thanks to our co-hosts The Talented Tenth SC and Columbia Urban League Young Professionals.

More information can be found at

First Annual Giving Black Day Launches August 28

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 millennials and generation Xers to support black-led and black-benefiting grassroots organizations.

From 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., donors are encouraged to make financial contributions directly to organizations that specifically serve black communities. 

More information can be found at

The Soul of Philanthropy Exhibit

Giving Back:The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited is a groundbreaking museum exhibition dedicated to sharing the tradition of African-American philanthropy. The exhibit has traveled throughout the United States telling the long and unsung stories of black philanthropy- from generous donors of wealth to everyday givers.

The exhibit made its South Carolina debut February 10, 2018 at the Richland Main Library and closed on May 6, 2018 . The exhibition was brought to you by Central Carolina Community Foundation, Richland Library, and Women Engaged.

Visit the Columbia exhibit website here. For more information about future Soul of Philanthropy exhibits, please visit the exhibit website.

Local Giving Circles

  • Women In Philanthropy (WIP) provides an opportunity for a number of strong, caring and focused women to come together to learn about financial and philanthropic issues and to address the needs of women and children in the area. 
  • Cola Gives, an African American giving circle.
  • Women Engaged, an African American Women's giving circle focused on sharing resources and supporting causes in communities across South Carolina.

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