The Expanding Community Giving Initiative (ECG) of the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro (CFGG) engages diverse audiences to use philanthropy to become agents of their own change to positively impact the Greater Greensboro community. ECG’s Community Conversations is a series of events providing information and resources that inspire and mobilize donors to grow their philanthropy and establish philanthropic legacies that strengthens our community.
At the next Community Conversation, Mary and Marcus Thomas will share their family’s unique path into philanthropy. Mary Thomas is a nationally recognized and distinguished leader in the field of philanthropy for her grantmaking and leadership at The Spartanburg County Foundation. She has received philanthropy’s highest honors for her efforts: being named Top Three Distinguished Grantmakers by the Council on Foundations in 2014 and, in 2006, being the first African American to win the Council on Foundation’s Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking established by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund of New York. Mary will impart knowledge and wisdom that will kindle enthusiasm for philanthropy from her experiences as a professional, donor, and beloved Aunt to her family’s next generation of philanthropists.
Mary L. Thomas along with her nephew, Marcus Thomas an emerging philanthropist, will join in a conversation reflecting on how in a conversation reflecting on how she modeled for him the importance of giving back and establishing a philanthropic legacy. Marcus has continued the Thomas family’s philanthropic legacy as a member of the - Young and Dangerous Giving Circle that was established a charitable fund at Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro. Mary and Marcus will share their accounts of related-experiences and events of how their family inspires and supports a culture of intergenerational philanthropy.
Join us as we celebrate Black Philanthropy in August with this family’s unique narrative of their family’s legacy! Come learn how to foster a culture of philanthropy within your own family and leave inspired to establish your family’s philanthropic legacy!
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