The Sharing God’s Goodness Launch Event
Over 250 community and church leaders joined The Generosity Trust at the Hunter Museum on Tuesday, November 15 for the launch of a new giving circle, Sharing God’s Goodness – a collaborative giving effort that will support small non-profits and ministries serving the African American community.
The keynote speaker, Rodney D. Bullard, VP of Social Corporate Responsibility at Chick-fil-A, wowed his listeners as he encouraged each member of the audience to focus on our “three-feet” of influence as we make a difference in our community. “We are one humanity, one people, all at the same place at the same time,” he said. “We are not here by accident.” He pointed out the diversity of the audience and implored everyone to stand and hold hands and to squeeze each other’s hands.
The mission of the new Giving Circle, the fourth hosted by The Generosity Trust since 2019, is to support small area ministries and nonprofits that are African American led and/or meeting the needs of African Americans. Specifically, the giving circle will support organizations with operating budgets of $100,000 or less, and/or churches with a program budget of $100,000 or less. The inaugural grant cycle is Spring 2023. Each member of the giving circle will be encouraged to nominate area ministries and nonprofits to apply for funding in early 2023.
Members of the giving circle leadership team include Marcellus Barnes, Gary Hathaway, Herbert “Book” McCray, Melissa Chapman McKeldin, Dr. Adam E. McKee, Madelene Miller, Oliver Richmond, and Tabi Upton. The vision of the team is a kingdom-focused giving collaboration that will come alongside those in greatest need to provide hope a pathway for a better tomorrow. The group believes that God calls us to respond to the things that break His heart and that we are to encourage those who are hurting as an extension of God’s love and generosity.
Knowing that our community is filled with impactful Christian ministries that are making a difference in the lives of others, the giving circle will be an additional resource for these organizations, which are often significantly underfunded. Ultimately, Sharing God’s Goodness seeks to partner with community allies to strengthen the ministry and outreach of smaller organizations serving the local African American community.
Within a few hours of the launch event, close to 50 inquiries to join this impactful giving circle had been received. All interested may contact The Generosity Trust at 423-266-5257 or visit the website www.thegenerositytrust.org, clicking local initiatives to find Sharing God’s Goodness. One-time contributions to support the Sharing God’s Goodness Giving Circle may be made by clicking here: https://generositytrust.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create/fund?funit_id=2040
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