Friday, February 12, 2010

Young Professionals Get Involved in Philanthropy

By Bess Langbein. Bess Langbein is the executive director of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. She can be reached at

Young professionals do actually meet face-to-face, not just on Facebook. Now that isn't to say we don't use Facebook - we do. We know it is a tool we can use to build our network as well as find opportunities to get involved in our community and connect with like-minded peers. And, okay, I will admit, we also use it to post pictures of ourselves looking spiffy at weddings.

Many young professionals are seeking an opportunity to learn more about the community in which they live and to give back in a fun, meaningful and productive way. They can connect with causes and charitable efforts through Facebook, but the real work is done offline.

"I think it is important to educate ourselves and our peers on the issues in our community, learn more about philanthropy and get involved," said Hall Chaney, project manager at Chaney Enterprises and a founding member of Next Gen of Anne Arundel County, a new giving circle comprised of young professionals hosted by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County. Recently, Next Gen hosted a kick-off event at The Grandview, located at the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole. All of the advertising for the event took place on Facebook, and more than 70 people attended to learn more and join the giving circle.

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