African-American Giving Initiative awarded first grant

Posted at: 05/02/2013 2:54 PM | Updated at: 05/02/2013 4:06 PM

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The African-American Giving Initiative, which is part of the Community Foundation, awarded its first grant Thursday.

Gateways Music Festival was given $5,200 in grant funds. The Gateway Festival consists of five days of classical music performed by musicians of African descent.

Charter members say they selected the group that could have the most impact on the community.
 
Barbara Jones, The Giving Initiative, said, "It was an immediate match. It was a beautiful act of dovetailing against the organization, Gateways Music Festival, and what we were looking for in terms of organizations we wanted to fund."

A book, which includes essays from community leaders was also released Thursday. The proceeds will go toward funding future grants.

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