Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited

On January 20, members and staff of GRANTMAKERS attended the opening reception for Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited. The event was hosted and sponsored by MRG Foundation, in partnership with other organizations. The exhibit itself was a stunning tribute to the philanthropy of Americans of African descent, featuring gorgeous photography printed on metal, a mobile of photos and philanthropy-related quotes, and stations with interactive features such as iPads, QR codes, and a video with spoken word and visual art combined.

The traveling exhibit was based upon the book Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, written by Valaida Fullwood and featuring photographs by Charles W. Thomas, Jr. The Concordia exhibit was designed by Dimeji Onafuwa, who also designed the book itself and who is based in Portland, Oregon. The opening reception also featured performances by local poets and artists, including Baramakona, Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater, Chata Addy, Tazha Williams, Emmet Wheatfall, and Bobby Fouther. 

You can view our photos of parts of the exhibit here – but we encourage you to visit and see for yourself the many beautiful reminders that philanthropy is more than just dollars.

Giving Back will run through March 31, 2017 at Concordia University’s George R. White Library and Learning Center, and is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to engage with social media using the hashtags #givingbackpdx, #soulofpdx, and #getyourgiveon.