Why Do You Give? A Guest Blog by JoAnn Turnquist

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Across our community, children’s eyes are being opened to art, seniors are finding joy in a performance and music is bringing strangers together. Art brings so much to our community. It can reach the unreachable, bring a community together, and express emotions in vivid and colorful ways. In order to have art, we need artists. And in order for the wonder, mystery, appreciation, and value of art to be continued, artists must continue to give and share their masterpieces with the greater community. Artists are incredible philanthropists.


Perhaps, you are not an artist yourself but you appreciate the value art adds to our community. You too are a philanthropist. You support and encourage local artists, attendance at events, and encourage others to participate. Earning the title of ‘philanthropist’ does not require wealth or fame. It simply requires a commitment to give back to others.


So, why do you give? Is it because you are passionate about a particular cause? Perhaps a past experience has inspired you. Why do you give your time, talents or treasures to the community? Every day, we have the privilege of speaking to folks in our community about their unique reasons for giving. It is rare that we hear the same reason or story.


As part of Central Carolina Community Foundation’s anniversary celebration, 30 More Years of Giving, we are inviting community members to participate in the #WhyIGiveSC social media contest and share why they give their time, talents or treasure. The top three winners will receive a donation in their name to their favorite Midlands nonprofit organization. The contest begins November 3rd and ends November 10th. I encourage you to visit www.yourfoundation.org/whyigivesc to enter the contest, view the contest entries, and see the official contest rules.


Please share why you give and inspire others to join you.


About Jasper

What Jasper Said is the blogging arm of Jasper – The Word on Columbia Arts, a new written-word oriented arts magazine that serves artists and arts lovers in the Columbia, SC area and its environs in four ways: Via Print Media – Jasper is a bi-monthly magazine, releasing in print six times per year in September, November, January, March, May & July, on the 15th of each month. Jasper covers the latest in theatre and dance, visual arts, literary arts, music, and film as well as arts events and happenings; Via Website – Jasper is an interactive website complete with a visual arts gallery, messages from Jasper, an arts events calendar that is updated several times daily, bite-sized stories on arts events, guest editorials, local music, dance & theatre videos, community surveys, and more; Via Blog – What Jasper Said -- you're reading this now -- is a daily blog featuring a rotating schedule of bloggers from the Jasper staff as well as guest bloggers from throughout the arts community; Via Twitter – Jasper Advises is a method of updating the arts community on arts events, as they happen, with more than a half dozen active tweeters who live, work, and play inside the arts community everyday ~ Jasper Advises keeps the arts community abreast of what not to miss, what is happening when it is happening, and where to be to experience it first hand.
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