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African Americans give 8.6 percent of their discretionary income to charity – more than any other racial group in America.

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African Americans donate 25 percent more of their discretionary income than do Americans of European descent.

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Nearly two-thirds of African American households give to charity more formally, to the tune of $11 billion each year.

The exhibit and its programs are meant to compel us toward a triumphant movement of conscious giving for social change.

– Author Valaida Fullwood and Photographer Charles Thomas

The Soul of Philanthropy reframes portraits of philanthropy. Comprising highly innovative presentations of over a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 black-and-white images, the exhibition conjures philanthropic musings across generations. A robust offering of talks, panel discussions and public forums accompany the exhibition and allow groups to explore a broad range of topics to ignite a movement of conscious philanthropy by empowering a generation of Americans to recognize their power and responsibility to give back.

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