Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Celebrity Philanthropy in the News

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Kelly Rowland Supports the Boys & Girls Clubs of America

On Tuesday, April 8, Grammy Award Winning Singer and Actress Kelly Rowland joined the Taco Bell® Foundation for Teens™ and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC as the two organizations announced a historic partnership that will make a profound and measurable impact on the lives of more than half a million teens – enabling them to graduate from high school and be college or career-ready.  The Taco Bell Foundation for Teens expects to provide a $30 million, multi-year grant to Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which would be the largest gift in the organization’s 108-year history.

Joining Rowland at the event were John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives (R-OH); Brian Niccol, President, Taco Bell U.S. and Chairman, Taco Bell Foundation for Teens; Jim Clark, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Kiana Knolland, 2013-2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of America Youth of the Year.

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Coors Light Teams Up with Basketball Great Kenny Smith to Refresh Community Basketball Courts

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Eric C. Henry, co-chair, Community Service, New York Urban League Young Professionals (NYULYP); Kenny Smith; Cynthia Malave, secretary, NYULYP;
Jemar Ward, president, NYULYP; and Steve Canal, Community Commerce and Partnerships, MillerCoors

Coors Light and television basketball analyst Kenny Smith teamed up to encourage basketball fans to help refresh their community basketball courts. From February through April, Coors Light donated one dollar per tweet and pledged up to $75,000, to refurbish community basketball courts when legal-drinking-age fans used the hashtags #FullCourtRefresh and #over21*on Twitter.

“Coors Light Full Court Refresh is a great opportunity for basketball fans to help restore an important resource in our communities across the country,” shared Smith. “Not only have these basketball courts produced countless star athletes, they continue to provide a place for ball players to hone their skills and connect with others in their community.”

With the help of fans, Coors Light donated $75,000 to the Young Professionals of the National Urban League to makeover community basketball courts in Charlotte, Philadelphia and New York City.


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

2014 Upton Sinclair Dinner to Honor Foundation Veteran

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LOS ANGELES, CA – The Liberty Hill Foundation will host its annual 2014 Upton Sinclair Dinner on April 22, 2014 at the Beverly Hilton, honoring Kafi Blumenfield with the Diversity in Philanthropy Award.

Kafi Blumenfield began her service to Liberty Hill as a volunteer member of the Foundation’s Community Funding Board in 2000 and has worked in different capacities, including serving as president and CEO. Her achievements while at the foundation include strengthening the strategic focus of Liberty Hill’s grantmaking, launching the highly regarded Wally Marks Leadership Institute for Change, and establishing several initiatives to diversify Liberty Hill’s donor base and bring new communities into philanthropy and social justice.

In addition to her service at Liberty Hill, Kafi serves on numerous boards and commissions, including the California Commission on the Status of Women, the board of Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project in Los Angeles, the advisory board of the Mayor’s Office of Strategic Partnerships, the City of Los Angeles Parks and Recreation Commission and Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation Advisory Board.  Kafi is also a member of the selection committee for the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Awards and is the Vice Chair of the Southern California Grantmakers Board of Directors.  Robert K. Ross, M.D., president and chief executive officer for The California Endowment will present the award.

For more information about the dinner, visit libertyhill.org/dinner.

Related post:  5th Annual Uplifting Change Summit Gathers Donors to Strengthen Los Angeles

African-American Foundation Leaders Celebrated in Detroit

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Eric Whitaker, Business Development Consultant, Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.; Tonya Allen, President and CEO, Skillman Foundation; La June Montgomery Tabron,
President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; Mayor Mike Duggan, City of Detroit; Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO, ABFE; and Thurman V. White, Jr.,
Chief Executive Officer, Progress Investment Management, LLC

DETROIT, MI – On April 4, 2014, ABFE saluted two African-American female foundation leaders at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History: La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and Tonya Allen, president and CEO of the Skillman Foundation. The ABFE Salutes series is a celebration to honor Black leadership at the highest levels of philanthropy.

La June Montgomery Tabron began her tenure on January 1, 2014 and is the first female and first African-American to lead the 83-year-old organization, one of the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States.  Throughout her 26-year journey from controller to executive vice president of operations and treasurer, she has provided strong and decisive leadership demonstrating an understanding of all aspects of the foundation and its legacy.

Tonya Allen began her career at the Skillman Foundation in 2004 and was promoted to chief operating officer in 2010. The Skillman Board of Trustees appointed Allen president and CEO effective January 1, 2014.  She developed the Foundation’s 10-year $100-million Good Neighborhoods program, oversaw the Foundation’s main programs, communications and technology operations, and talent development. Created in 1960, the Skillman Foundation is committed to providing resources to improve the lives of children in metropolitan Detroit. The event was sponsored by Progress Investment Management, LLC and Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.

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Mayor Mike Duggan, City of Detroit; Alandra L. Washington, ABFE Board of Directors,
Director of Quality and Organizational Effectiveness, Security Programs, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Samuel Cargile, Ph.D., ABFE Board of Directors Vice President and Senior Advisor to CEO, Lumina Foundation; Toya Randall, Chair, ABFE Board of Directors and Senior Director of Community Initiatives, Casey Family Programs; Marcus McGrew, ABFE Board of Directors and Director of Grants Management, Kresge Foundation

ABFE is a membership based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Established in 1971 as the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the organization was credited with many of philanthropy’s early gains in diversity. In 2013, the organization shed its descriptor and adopted the simpler ABFE (ab-fee) to better reflect its broadening membership. To learn more, visit www.abfe.org.

Photo Credit: Annistique Photography


Friday, April 4, 2014

Philanthropists of Color to Gather in Atlanta

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Community Investment Network Board of Directors

ATLANTA, GA – From April 11th through 13th, community philanthropists will gather in Atlanta for the 2014 Leadership Summit of the Community Investment Network (CIN), a national network of African-American and multiracial giving circles.

The summit will feature a workshop about giving circles that is open to the public, “Donors of Color: Investing on the Supply Side of Philanthropy” from 1:00-3:00 pm on Friday, April 11th at Georgia Tech’s Wardlaw Center, 177 North Avenue.  For more details, visit: http://atlgivingcircles.eventbrite.com/.

The Community Investment Network is comprised of giving circle members who are young professionals, ministers, community organizers, financial analysts, retirees and more.  CIN strives to demystify philanthropy in communities of color, and make it more democratic and accessible to all races, ages and classes.

“This is about accepting and owning the identity as a philanthropist in every sense of the word,” says Effley Brooks, member of the CIN giving circle Denver African American Philanthropists. “When we come together, we can be more powerful. We have more power when we pool everything – not just our dollars, but all that we do as philanthropists.”

“CIN provides leadership support through conferences, social networking and telecommunications,” says Janice Bright of the Circle of Joy giving circle in Atlanta.  “They connect us to professionals and experts in the field who are willing to share their time, talent and knowledge to help us improve and facilitate what we do in our communities.”

In addition to the Atlanta summit, CIN will host its 10th Anniversary Conference, “Coming Full Circle,” to be held October 2-5, 2014 at the Durham Marriott and Convention Center in downtown Durham, North Carolina.  Speakers include Atlantic senior editor and writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and author Nicole Lewis. For more information and to register, visit the CIN conference website.

Learn more at www.thecommunityinvestment.org.

Photo credit:  Sino Chum


Monday, March 31, 2014

Young Males of Color Interested in Tech: Become an All Star Coder!

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Last week to apply to All Star Code’s 2014 Summer Intensive Program

All Star Code, a prep program connecting young men of color to the tech industry, is seeking high school 10th and 11th grade students interested in tech and start ups for its 2014 Summer Intensive Program.  The free six-week program serves to build student’s computer science and interpersonal business skills. No prior experience is necessary.

Students will learn how to build and design mobile apps, robots and video games; master programming and computer science concepts; practice communication, confidence and collaboration; network with professionals and peers; and participate on exciting field trips with special guest speakers.

The program will be held in New York City from July 7 - August 15, 2014. The deadline to apply is Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Get started at allstarcode.org/apply. For more information, contact team@allstarcode.org.


Friday, March 28, 2014

ABFE Celebrates Darren Walker as President of the Ford Foundation

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Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation and Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO, ABFE

NEW YORK, NY – The new president of the Ford Foundation, Darren Walker, was fêted at the ABFE Salutes series, a celebration that honors Black leadership at the highest levels of philanthropy. Hosted on March 19th at the corporate offices of Moët Hennessy USA, Inc., the event gathered ABFE staff, board members, event sponsors and supporters.

Walker began his tenure as president in September 2013 after serving as the foundation’s vice president for Education, Creativity and Free Expression. He held previous positions at the Rockefeller Foundation and Abyssinian Development Corporation.

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John H. Jackson, Ed.D., J.D., President and CEO, The Schott Foundation for Public Education; Ivye L. Allen, Ph.D., President, The Foundation for the Mid-South;
Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO, ABFE; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation;
Toya Randall, Senior Director of Community Initiatives, Casey Family Programs; Towalame Austin, Executive, Roc Nation

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Rodney Williams, Senior Vice President, Hennessy; Eric Whitaker, Business Development - Consultant,
Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.; Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation;
Kurt A. Summers, Jr., Office of the Chairman, Strategy and Corporate Development, Senior Vice President, Grosvenor Capital Management, L.P.

ABFE is a membership based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Partnering with foundations, nonprofits and individuals, ABFE provides its members with professional development and technical assistance resources that further the philanthropic sector’s connection and responsiveness to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Established in 1971 as the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the organization was credited with many of philanthropy’s early gains in diversity. In 2013, the organization shed its descriptor and adopted the simpler ABFE (ab-fee) to better reflect its broadening membership. To learn more, visit www.abfe.org.

ABFE Salutes was sponsored by Moët Hennessy USA, Inc. and Grosvenor Capital Management.



Correction to yesterday's post:  A photo caption incorrectly identified as Mr. and Mrs. Tony Elumelu is 2011 Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee and Alex B. Cummings, Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer for The Coca-Cola Company, an event sponsor.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

FACE Africa Gala Celebrates 5 Years of Making Clean Water A Reality

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Saran Kaba Jones, founder and executive director of FACE Africa

Gala honored Nigerian philanthropist Tony Elumelu, founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation

NEW YORK, NY – On March 22, 2014, FACE Africa hosted its 5th annual WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Gala at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers.  Held on UN World Water Day, the gala raised $150,000 to support the organization’s mission of providing sustainable clean water, sanitation and hygiene projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Proceeds will benefit 30 clean water projects for FACE Africa’s County by County program in Rivercess County, Liberia that will serve 25 communities and provide 12,000 people with access to clean water.  Additional support for the program was provided by the Chevron Corporation with a $100,000 matching grant. Making clean water a reality, one community at a time is the core mission of FACE Africa.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate our 5th year anniversary and the achievements we have made in providing clean, safe drinking water in Liberia.  In keeping with tradition, the 2014 Gala continued to pay tribute to all our friends, partners, and the many change-makers who have been instrumental in our growth and success,” shared Saran Kaba Jones, FACE Africa’s founder and executive director.

This year’s Gala honored Nigerian entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist Tony Elumelu.  The Tony Elumelu Foundation was founded in 2010 by Mr. Elumelu and is committed to the economic transformation of Africa by enhancing the competitiveness and growth of the African private sector.

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2011 Nobel Peace Laureate and Founder and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa Leymah Gbowee
 and Alex Cummings, EVP and Chief Administrative Officer of The Coca-Cola Company

The evening featured a cocktail reception, premium open bar, auction and live entertainment.  Sponsors included The Coca-Cola Company, Voss Water, Arik Air, Go Green Ride, MyExtensionz, Ecohomes Liberia, The Khana Group and Ethiopian Airlines.  Special guests included former NBA star Dikembe Mutombo, model Oluchi, and National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial.

Since 2009, FACE Africa has raised over $250,000 for clean water projects in Liberia benefiting over 10,000 residents with support from partners such as the Voss Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Community Giving, P&G’s Covergirl, The Global Neighborhood Fund and The Segal Family Foundation. Learn more at http://faceafrica.org/.