Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month 2018: For the Culture, For the Future
August 15, 2018
August is Black Philanthropy Month. Founded in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Copeland-Carson and Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network, the nationally coordinated effort celebrates African-American and African-descent giving in all forms.
Why are we celebrating Black Philanthropy Month? JoAnn Turnquist, our president and CEO says it best, “We believe that the diversity of our communities is a fundamental strength of our region.” We are committed to supporting and promoting our region’s voices and want to celebrate the amazing work of our region’s diverse multi-cultural philanthropists.”
According to a study by the Kellogg Foundation and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, African American donors give away higher percentages of their incomes than white donors. But they do not view themselves as philanthropists – even though nearly two-thirds of black households make charitable donations every year. Black Philanthropy Month celebrations shine a light on everyday philanthropists and illustrate how giving in all forms positively impacts our community.
The theme of this year’s Black Philanthropy Month is, “For the Culture, For the Future.” Tracey Webb, BPM architect and founder of Black Benefactors, states in the BPM press release “Our collective action during August illuminates a culture of philanthropy and possibilities of a greater future, for us and by us.
Our Foundation is partnering with a number of terrific organizations to promote and host celebrations across the Midlands this August, including The Talented Tenth SC and Columbia Urban League Young Professionals. You can learn more about the events here.
We hope you will join us to celebrate and support black philanthropy.
For more information about multicultural philanthropy, visit the Foundation’s webpage at https://www.yourfoundation.org/philanthropyforall.