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The Giving Life: Stories About the Purpose, Passion, and Power of Generosity and Service – Danista Hunte

Posted By Buffy Beaudoin-Schwartz, Monday, January 27, 2014
January 27, 2014
 
In November 2013 we held an inspirational evening showcasing individual stories of generosity and service.

Seven people - philanthropists, activists, community, and public service workers – each told a 5-minute true, personal tale about the transformative power of leading a "giving life.”

Presented by The Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers’ Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund and The Stoop Storytelling Series, the evening highlighted giving and honored the goal of the Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund – to encourage and promote philanthropy in our community.

With the theatre alive from the music of Baltimore musicians Letitia VanSant and the Bonafides, The Creative Alliance at the Patterson was filled with members of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers, nonprofit partners, friends and members of the community who came together to be inspired by a diverse group of people excited to share their story of giving.

This is the fifth in a series of blog posts designed to bring each story to life. Our hope is that this event and these help to catalyze more giving in our community

Everyone Has a Story. What’s Yours?
 
Danista Hunte is a local education grantmaker by day, and by nights and weekends (or whenever a baby decides to arrive) she is a doula, a labor coach. She is also an undercover poet and aspiring therapist. When she’s not making grants or helping to birth babies, she spends her time being Mama to Isaac, a partner to Karen, and trying to strike a healthy work-life balance.

"I am always moved when grantees come up to me and say thank you for taking a risk on our organization and giving us a grant .. but I really turn it around and say thank you to the nonprofits … the ones who are on the ground doing that really, really hard work … I’m grateful that the role that I get to play, is to be part of this Giving Life.”
Read our other blog posts from ABAG's The Giving Life series: 

The Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund aims to share philanthropy's message beyond the ABAG membership and to build connections between charitably-minded people, organizations and institutions to strengthen our community. As the Resource on Grantmaking, Network for Givers, and Voice for Philanthropy, the mission of the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers is to maximize the impact of philanthropic giving on community life through a growing network of diverse, informed and effective grantmakers. www.abagrantmakers.org

Tags:  ABAG by the Numbers  Baltimore Community Foundation  Betsy Nelson Legacy Fund  BNLF  February 2014 Members' Memo  The Giving Life 

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