Via Celebrity News Service (CNS):
“Amid the drama of local and national economic turmoil, New England Blacks in Philanthropy (NEBIP) will host the 2008 New England conference, "Black Philanthropy - Building Stronger Communities," in Boston. The conference will be June 22-24, at John Hancock Hall, with the purpose of examining, encouraging and promoting Black philanthropy as a means of economic empowerment and civic engagement.
Bithiah Carter, President of New England Blacks in Philanthropy, told CNS, "NEBIP is excited to create this environment of learning, examination and strategy building for the philanthropic community. Although NEBIP is a newly formed organization, it is critical to start the conversation of how we create a framework for more inclusive philanthropic practices as we move forward."
The conference will convene foundation and corporate grant makers, philanthropists, community leaders, and trustees and is open to all. Also welcome are Black researchers and consultants who study Black issues.
Founded in 2006, New England Blacks in Philanthropy was created to inform and transform the practice of philanthropy in Black communities. The transformation that NEBIP seeks is to create a straight line of sight from philanthropic grant making practice to self-sufficiency for the Black community. "
I meant to post the following two news items earlier this month:
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Honored as Exemplary Philanthropic Organization by the Association of Black Foundation Executives
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, has been honored this month by the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) for modeling effective and responsive grantmaking practices – particularly in communities of color.
“We’re pleased and honored to receive this award from the Association of Black Foundation Executives,” shared Sterling Speirn, President and CEO. “We have long been committed, through our Cultures of Giving initiative and other ongoing work, to increase philanthropy in communities of color. We believe strongly in the value of giving time, money and know-how for the common good and greatly appreciate the work ABFE is doing to encourage this practice.”
Established in 1930, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society. Grants are concentrated in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the southern African countries of Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.” Source: WKKF Press release
African American Philanthropy: A Deep Rooted Tradition Continues to Grow
A great article in the Carnegie Reporter highlights African American philanthropy and its trailblazers. Written by noted broadcast and print journalist Ponchitta Pierce, among those featured include Dr. Emmett D. Carson, who heads the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Loida Nicolas Lewis, widow of African American financial guru Reginald Lewis, Eddie and Sylvia Brown, Russell Simmons and Tavis Smiley. Also featured is money manager Alphonse Fletcher, who donated $50 million dollars for advancing the ideals of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision.
Snippet from the article:
"When asked if the problem, then, is that African Americans aren’t giving enough, Carson says, “I tell charitable organizations, ‘If people aren’t giving to you, it’s not because of them—it’s because of you.’ People today are generous, but charities must be more accountable: for instance, does your staff reflect the diversity of the broader community?” Citing specific examples, Carson points to a study of teen pregnancy in Newark, New Jersey that showed, despite the high teen pregnancy rates, Planned Parenthood lacked an office in that city. “How can you mount a campaign when you’re absent from the community?” he asks. And, “Heart disease is a leading cause of death for black men,” he notes, “but how many times have you seen an African American talking about heart disease on a billboard or a TV commercial?”Read article here.