Soul of Philanthropy exhibit pushes forward by showcasing giving back

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Looking for an opportunity to learn and celebrate philanthropy this holiday season? Grab your family, jump in your sleigh and head down to the Auburn Avenue Research Library for a globetrotting multimedia exhibit dedicated to sharing the tradition of time, talent and treasure in the African American community. This nationally acclaimed exhibit, based on the bestselling book, Giving Back, showcases the long and unsung legacy of black philanthropists—from munificent donors of self-created wealth to ingenious givers who sought to carve a way out of no way. The stories profile a resilient focus on hope for the next generation provided through this compelling showcase of strength.

According to the Cultures of Giving report by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, nearly two-thirds of African American households make charitable donations worth a total of 11 billion a year and they have produced the steadiest growth of new identify-based charitable funds over the last four decades of any racial or ethnic group.

The free exhibition runs through January 22, 2018, and incorporates several community engagements designed to educate and amplify this little-known story of the culture of generosity in the black community. From photographs to videos, viewers will weave their way through the tapestry of this extensive program, learning and engaging in the depth of color, exposition, style and story that have been the mainstay of African Americans for centuries.

This comprehensive multimedia moving exhibition is brought to the city that Forbes describes “as the strongest infrastructure for African American advancement in the country” by the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta in partnership with Hammonds House Museum and the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History. Make this a definite on the calendar of your holiday plans – you’ll be glad you did.