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Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month: An ECG Community Conversation About Legacy

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!

 

Mary L. Thomas

MARY L. THOMAS has over 25 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of The Spartanburg County Foundation where she is responsible for the day to day operations of the organization and leads its mission, vision, and strategies while translating the Foundation’s goals into the overall program of work. Ms. Thomas’ many honors include but are not limited to: 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. She took her prize money of $10,000 coupled with numerous gifts from the Spartanburg community which surpassed $100,000 to establish the Mary L. Thomas Award for Civic Leadership and Community Change. This award is managed by The Spartanburg County Foundation, and a deserving leader is recognized annually for his/her leadership on critical issues in the Spartanburg community.

Marcus Thomas

MARCUS THOMAS is a native of Spartanburg, SC. Marcus holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Georgia. Marcus serves as Dream Team Director at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Greensboro, NC, under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Bishop Bryan J Pierce Sr. Marcus oversees a team of over 1,900 volunteers and provides leadership, encouragement, coaching and opportunities to serve in the community. Marcus also oversees Mount Zion’s community outreach initiative “Serve the City” and he serves on multiple committees in the Greensboro Community.


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Expanding Community Giving Research Project on Black Philanthropy

Expanding Community Giving Research Project on Black Philanthropy

As part of strengthening the community, CFGG is currently implementing the Expanding Community Giving (ECG) initiative to engage more people of color in philanthropy. By taking a survey, you will help us reframe and expand a new narrative for Black philanthropy in the Greater Greensboro community. The survey will take approximately 15 to 20 minutes.