In November of 2016, Share Charlotte’s Giving Tuesday campaign raised almost eight million dollars for local non-profits, which was the most out of any of the 94 campaigns in the US. That must mean that Charlotte’s non-profit scene is one of the strongest in the country, right? Well… maybe. Despite that eye-popping, or perhaps in this case, ear-popping number, many questions still surround non-profits in the Queen City. Are there too many non-profits in the city, leading to inefficiencies in achieving their goals? Do the national non-profits command a disproportionate amount of donations and volunteer hours? How do NPOs battle their desired realities versus the public’s perception? And how does the public decide who to give their dollars to? These are just a few of the topics discussed during the latest live #DiscussCLT event held Thursday, October 19 at Lenny Boy Brewing Company. A panel moderated by Charlotte magazine senior editor Adam Rhew dug deep into a variety of issues, as well as answered questions from the audience. The panel included Kelly Brooks, Founder and Executive Director of Share Charlotte; Michael DeVaul, Chief Community Impact Office for YMCA of Greater Charlotte; Mary Gallivan, Vice President and Director, Centers for Giving for Foundation for the Carolinas; and Josh Jacobson, Managing Director of Next Stage Consulting. Get in on the discussion by tweeting us @Charlottemag and using the hashtag #DiscussCLT. Welcome to the #DiscussCLT podcast, a production of Charlotte magazine. The #DiscussCLT podcast is powered by OrthoCarolina.