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CCCF Celebrates Black Philanthropy Month and Give 8/28

August is Black Philanthropy Month, a national, coordinated effort to celebrate African American and African-descent giving in all its forms. The Community Foundation’s African American Philanthropy Committee and staff are thrilled to celebrate this important month each year to support and promote the voices of our region’s multicultural philanthropists. This year, our celebrations include stories, interviews, and action-focused communication on social media. We are also promoting Give 8/28, a day devoted to financial giving to Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofits. Central Carolina Community Foundation is the only Community Foundation nationwide to sponsor both Black Philanthropy Month and Give 8/28.

“We believe diversity is one of our region’s strengths and should be celebrated,” says JoAnn Turnquist, president and CEO of Central Carolina Community Foundation. “We also believe that our actions should reflect this belief. Black Philanthropy Month and Give 8/28 provide an opportunity for our community to recognize the impact of black philanthropy and, financially support Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofits serving our region.”

This year’s BPM theme, Foresight 20/20, recognizes our communities are calling us to do what is right, right now. And while we cannot predict the future, we can make decisions and investments now to shape the future. Founded in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Copeland-Carson and Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network, the initiative encompasses self-organized events, community dialogue, and charitable giving across the nation. You can follow the national conversation via social media by following #BPM2020 and learn more about ways to celebrate at www.blackphilanthropymonth.com.

During the month of August, the Community Foundation will share stories of how Black philanthropists across the Midlands have impacted our communities. Each Friday in August, Community Foundation staff members will interview Black philanthropists and Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofit staff members to share their philanthropic story. Community members can watch the live interviews each Friday at 10 a.m. starting August 7.

The third annual Give 8/28 is scheduled for Friday, August 28, 2020. Led by the Young, Black, and Giving Back Institute in Washington, D.C., the giving day initiative culminates Black Philanthropy Month. The initiative urges people to financially support black-led and black-benefiting organizations. The Community Foundation will award ten $500 matching grant prizes to nonprofits in our 11-county footprint that raise $500 or more on August 28 through the Give 8/28 or Midlands Gives platforms. We encourage you to assist our community’s Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofits by donating at either www.give828.org or www.midlandsgives.org/nonprofits. New this year, the Midlands Gives year-round platform now allows the option to search for Black-led and Black-benefiting nonprofits specifically.

More information about Black Philanthropy Month and Give 8/28 can be found at www.yourfoundation.org/bpm.