Thursday, September 30, 2010

McDonald's Men of McCafe Kicks Off in Atlanta

Hosts of the Men of McCafé Search at the Atlanta Classic: BET Personality Alesha Renee, Ronald McDonald and former NFL player Isaac Keys. The Bank of America Atlanta Classic HBCU football game is presented by 100 Black Men of Atlanta as a fundraiser for its mentoring, academic support and scholarship program, Project Success.

By Lisa Brathwaite
Atlanta Contributor

On Saturday, September 25th, McDonald’s launched the inaugural Men of McCafé Search at the Atlanta Classic during tailgating festivities. Hosted by former NFL player and reality star from TV One's The Ultimate Merger (and inaugural Man of McCafé) Isaac Keys, and BET personality Alesha Renee, the duo went on the search to find five community service-minded males who will represent as the official Men of McCafé at the 2011 Essence Music Festival. In addition to signing up for the search, consumers sampled the new McCafé Real Fruit Smoothies and showed their dance moves during a dance off competition. Fans were also treated to a special guest appearance by Lance Gross, actor and star of the television show 'House of Payne,' and Grammy-award winning producer Bryan Michael Cox as host DJ.

Actor Lance Gross signs autographs for fans.

Potential Men of McCafe contestants during a trivia challenge.

Starting on October 20, 2010, consumers will be able to email and apply for a chance to represent McCafé. The Men of McCafé, a group of African American male brand ambassadors, made their successful debut at the McDonald's booth during the 2009 Essence Music Festival, creating an unexpected frenzy among female consumers. Since then, the group has developed a following throughout the country providing McDonald's the perfect opportunity to develop an interactive program that recruits fans of McCafé to become brand ambassadors. The search will also head to Charlotte, NC in February 2011 during McDonald's festivities at the CIAA Tournament. Source and photos: Burrell Communications

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nonprofit Resources: Why Board Service Is Crucial to Fundraising

BlackGivesBack New York contributor Akira Barclay is the latest nonprofit professional to be featured in's Nonprofit Insider column. Akira is currently an associate director at Youth, I.N.C., where she coaches small nonprofit organizations on fundraising and development. If you work with or are a member of a nonprofit board, Akira provides words of wisdom on what board members need to do to help fulfill a nonprofit organization's mission.

She shares, “The organizations that are the strongest, the most sustainable, and the most successful in executing their missions are the ones that have board members who are involved.” Akira also talks about the importance of board members donating to the organization they're serving with stating, “If the body of people who serve in a governance function don’t give, why would anyone else give? It sends a bad message. I don’t give anywhere the board doesn’t give.”

Read the full article HERE.

Also on's Nonprofit Insider, BlackGivesBack Dallas contributor Froswa' Booker-Drew provides tips on Choosing A Board for Your Nonprofit HERE, Samuel T. Jackson, founder of the Economic Empowerment Initiative shares 4 Steps to Fundraising for Your Nonprofit HERE, and my article shares, 4 Things to Do Before You Start A Charity HERE. I'd also like to thank the More Donors Blog for featuring me and my work with the Black Benefactors HERE. Happy reading!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Celebrity Philanthropy: Watch Me Win Foundation

Actor Hosea Chanchez (right) with film director Bill Duke attend an event at the Congressional Black Caucus' Annual Legislative Conference held September 15-18, 2010 in Washington, DC.
“I decided to start this foundation to give back to a cause that's often overlooked, "youth" empowerment. As I travel the globe I realize the thing that gives youth in America more possibilities than anything else is the power of a free mind and the will to dream past their circumstance. That's what's gotten me this far and that's what WATCHMEWIN is about; the power to overcome social-economical roadblocks opening the pathway to winning.” -- Hosea Chanchez, actor and founder, Watch Me Win Foundation
For actor Hosea Chanchez, acting is his passion, but philanthropy is his purpose. Best known for his role of Malik Wright on the popular CW and BET television show "The Game," Hosea is the founder of Watch Me Win Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of urban youth through mentorship, leadership development, encouragement and empowerment. Watch Me Win celebrated a successful first year in June with a charity benefit gala at the new W Hotel in Hollywood.

As a result of the foundation's success, Hosea was asked to host a panel during the Congressional Black Caucus' Annual Legislative Conference on September 15 titled, "Not Just Hollywood Actors or Celebrities, But Social Activists 2!" Hosea enlisted fellow entertainers to join him in the discussion that included director Bill Duke, Congresswoman Diane Watson, actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, director Robert Townsend, actor Lamman Rucker and author Iyanla Vanzant. While in DC, Hosea visited two schools to share his message of youth empowerment and met with BlackGivesBack to share about his foundation's future goals.

Actor Lamman Rucker, Hosea Chanchez and congresswoman Diane Watson participate on the panel,"Not Just Hollywood Actors or Celebrities, But Social Activists 2!"at the Congressional Black Caucus' Annual Legislative Conference, September 15, 2010.
Current programs provided by Watch Me Win are Career Development and Training, Urban Entrepreneurship™, Mentorship and Leadership Development, Legacy and Wealth Building, Empowerment Tours, Seminars, and Social Forums. Hosea enlists the help of his friends, some of whom are celebrities and athletes, to motivate youth during their Empowerment Tours, using the foundation's specialized curriculum. Self funded by Hosea, the foundation has reached over 1,400 youth in cities such as Chicago and Philadelphia.

Next year, new programs will launch building on the foundation's current work - 2011 will launch Watch Her Win specifically focused on young girls, 2012 will launch Watch Him Win for young men and by 2015, Hosea plans to take Watch Me Win global.

Television host Niecy Nash, actress Wendy Raquel Robinson, Hosea, and actress/comedienne Kym Whitley attend an event during the 2010 CBC Annual Legislative Conference in Washington, DC.
For more information on the Watch Me Win Foundation, visit the website at Hosea currently has three films in post production (96 Minutes, Dysfunctional Friends and The Cost of Heaven), and be sure to catch him on brand new episodes of "The Game," premiering in early 2011 on BET.

Photo credit: Shon Smith

Cheyney University to Host First Annual Ed Bradley Scholarship Gala

On October 7, 2010, Cheyney University, the nation's oldest HBCU, will host the first annual Ed Bradley Scholarship Gala in honor of the late Ed Bradley, an alum best known for his role with CBS’s “60 Minutes” and for his style of investigative journalism. The gala will be held on the university's main campus in Cheyney, PA, and will benefit their Call Me MISTER (Mentors Instructing Students Towards Effective Role Models) program, designed to increase the number of African-American males teaching in urban settings.

Via Press Release: Ed Bradley graduated from Cheyney University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in Education. Throughout his career and lifetime, Bradley proudly proclaimed the benefit of receiving an education from Cheyney University as he rose to the status of American icon. Dr. William H. "Bill" Cosby, Jr., who is the Honorary Chairperson of the Call Me MISTER program at Cheyney University, refers to the University as “Ed Bradley’s school.” In recognition of his late friend and distinguished alumnus, Dr. Cosby will be performing in concert.

University President Dr. Michelle Howard-Vital shares, “We thank our Honorary Chairman, Dr. Bill Cosby for his generosity of influence and spirit that will help us generate needed scholarship dollars for the Call Me MISTER Program—our urban K-12 teacher education program focusing on producing more male teachers of color and more female teachers in the STEM areas.”

Originally, the Call Me MISTER program was created at Clemson University and provides opportunity and access for a diverse student population. This nationally recognized program supports Cheyney University’s mission to graduate generations of confident and competent visionary leaders who are reflective of their environment and responsible citizens for society. In 2006, State Representative James Roebuck (D), Chairman of the House Education Committee, championed and secured $1 million in seed funding in order to bring the Call Me MISTER program to Pennsylvania. Cheyney University is one of four HBCUs to join the program.

Unlike Clemson University, Cheyney University does not receive dedicated annual state funding for the continuation of this program. University officials are optimistic that the benefit gala will bring awareness to the importance of this program; as well as serve as vehicle to annually honor the life and legacy of Ed Bradley.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, please contact 1-877-698-9988 and visit the website at

Source: Press release/Photo: USAToday

Thursday, September 23, 2010

African American Professionals in Philanthropy Gather to Empower Communities of Color

Dylan Holmes, Sonya Barnes and William Wilson, friends of Charlotte’s New Generation of African American Philanthropists attend “Powering Black Communities & the Spectrum of Communities of Color” reception on September 14, 2010 in Charlotte, NC.

ABFE and CIN are Powering Black Communities and the Spectrum of Communities of Color
By Valaida Fullwood

“Everyone has expressed sincere gratitude for having an opportunity to socialize, network and reconnect with colleagues and friends.” — Dionne Lester, Community Investment Network chief operating officer

CHARLOTTE, NC — The Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE) and Community Investment Network (CIN) drew a vibrant mix of donors and professionals in the field of philanthropy to The Living Room at Charlotte’s Ritz-Carlton for a co-hosted reception September 14.

Over 100 guests gathered to exchange ideas, build connections and hear about the vital work of ABFE and CIN in illuminating and investing in opportunities that enhance the lives of African Americans and communities of color.

“To increase and leverage the investments of foundations, we need a common game plan that is easy to grasp and puts all of us on the same page when working with Black communities. ABFE has unveiled “Responsive Philanthropy in Black Communities” as a new framework for shared understanding.” — Susan Taylor Batten, ABFE president
Steve Gunderson, president and CEO, Council on Foundations and Emmett Carson, Ph.D., president and CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Themed “Powering Black Communities & the Spectrum of Communities of Color,” the evening event coincided with the Council on Foundations’ 2010 Fall Conference for Community Foundations. An estimated 800 grantmakers and foundation staff convened in Charlotte for a week of professional development that included keynote messages from Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; Arne Duncan, U.S. secretary of education; and Carol R. Johnson, superintendent, Boston Public Schools. Guests at the ABFE and CIN reception included Black executives and program officers who award grants worldwide and were participating in the conference.

Charlotte’s New Generation of African American Philanthropists, a collective giving circle that is part of CIN’s membership, provided local in-kind support for the reception. Photographer Charles W. Thomas captured the evening’s liveliness and interactions. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, based in Miami, was the event underwriter.

“We believe that committed, concerned and well-informed citizens are the key to strengthening our communities and in turn our nation. Giving circles can play a significant role in transforming our country for the better.” — Charles E. Lewis, CIN board chair

Gladys Washington, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation and ABFE vice chair; and Darryl Lester, CIN founder

A champion of diverse leadership in philanthropy, ABFE marks a milestone 40th anniversary next year and will celebrate with a national gathering in Philadelphia, April 9 – 10, 2011. ABFE, which is headquartered in New York City, was established in 1971 by forward-thinking Black foundation executives to promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. Progress is defined by a substantial increase in the number of Blacks as leaders and emerging leaders within the philanthropic field.

Today, ABFE counts among its members some of the most influential staff, trustees and donors of grantmaking organizations who are intimately involved in shaping the focus, decision-making and response of foundations toward Black communities. Learn more at

Edward Jones, Council on Foundations and founding member, The Black Benefactors; and Dionne Lester, CIN chief operating officer

CIN promotes collective giving models and will soon host its 7th annual conference, “It’s Our Time! A Collective Call to Act,” in Durham, September 30 – October 3. Open to the public, the conference each year attracts hundreds of Black donors and people of color seeking community change. People come from across the country to share information, resources, lessons learned and successful strategies with the intent of returning home better prepared to make a difference.

A membership organization, CIN invites the participation of additional donors and giving circles and already channels resources to groups in Atlanta, Birmingham, Charlotte, Pittsburgh, Raleigh and other communities. Presently, new giving circles are under development in Denver, Jackson and Milwaukee as well as a second circle in New Orleans.

Jehan Shamsid-Deen, founding member, New Generation of African American Philanthropists and Marcus Walton, ABFE director of programs

Wanting to demystify institutional philanthropy for donors, CIN Founder Darryl Lester began building a network in 2003. Today, CIN supports a growing network of everyday givers, grantmakers and volunteers nationwide. CIN’s mission is to inspire, connect and strengthen African Americans and communities of color to leverage their collective resources and create the change THEY wish to see. Find out more at

Richard Ward, Brookline Community Foundation; Michael Brown, Seattle Foundation and Renee Branch, Council on Foundations

Bahia Ramos-Synnott and Donna Frisby-Greenwood, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Audrey Jacobs, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta; Linetta Gilbert, Ford Foundation and ABFE board member; and Gay Young, New York Community Trust

Story submitted by Valaida Fullwood

Described an “idea whisperer,” Valaida brings a mix of unbridled imagination and a gift for harnessing wild ideas to her work as a writer, creative consultant and project strategist. She is a founding member of Charlotte’s New Generation of African American Philanthropists and a CIN board member.

Photo credit: Charles W. Thomas, Sankofa Photography

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

DC Young Professionals Honor Local Heroes During CBC Annual Legislative Conference

On Wednesday, September 15th, young professionals, policy leaders and lawmakers attended the evening reception, "Political Fusion: Where Policy and the Professional Meet," during the 40th Annual Congressional Black Caucus' Legislative conference week to honor heroes in their communities. The event was held at Midtown Lofts, and hosted by Capital Cause, a nonprofit organization founded by five African-American women dedicated to providing an avenue for young professionals to give back creatively to local communities. They accomplish this by planning interactive fundraisers and donating proceeds to other nonprofits, and providing educational and small business grants to young professionals in the Washington, DC area.

The "Political Fusion" event honored Capital Cause awards recipients and created an interactive environment for young professionals and policy leaders to dialogue informally about promoting financial and political responsibility.

Honored at the event was Chris Draft of the Washington Redskins as the first recipient of the organization's “Unsung Hero” award for his service to the local community through the Chris Draft Family Foundation and his commitment to literacy through the launch of his children’s book, “Do You Want to Play Catch.” Also honored was Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) with the Fusion Award, for her commitment to the advancement of young professionals and low-income children and families; and actor and author Hill Harper for his charitable and political contributions to society. Harper could not be in attendance, but accepted his award via video.

Chris Draft (Recipient, Unsung Hero Award), Kezia Williams (Chair, Capital Cause), Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (Recipient, Fusion Award)

For more information about Capital Cause, visit

Monday, September 20, 2010

The Black Philanthropy Initiative Aims to Raise $1 Million for African Americans in Rhode Island

The Black Philanthropy Initiative Leadership Team: Walter Stone, Linda Newton and Judge Edward Clifton at the February 10, 2009 launch at Providence Black Repertory Company in Rhode Island.

“We are trying to accomplish something that has never been accomplished in Rhode Island - a new model for philanthropy in the Black community. We can create a legacy for our future.” -- Walter Stone, BPI campaign co-chair

In 2005, a group of Black leaders and The Rhode Island Foundation sat down to discuss challenges facing the Black community in Rhode Island, as well as opportunities for change. They sought a solution that would be responsive to evolving and emerging needs well into the future. Thus, the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI) was born, a field of interest fund at the Foundation.

The mission of the BPI is to advance equity and social justice for Blacks in Rhode Island. BPI engages Black Rhode Islanders and other interested Rhode Islanders as active philanthropists to address challenges in the Black community. Through strategic grantmaking, BPI will support organizations and initiatives that measurably improve the status of Blacks in Rhode Island. BPI’s goal is to raise $1 million dollars in 2010 that will create a permanent endowment for growth and grantmaking. The Foundation is matching every dollar raised.

In 2008, BPI commissioned a scan of the Black community to determine critical areas of need and to help shape their initial grantmaking focus - economic sustainability and the Black family. The findings were presented at a panel discussion for BPI’s public launch in February 2009, of which over 100 members of the community attended.

To date, fundraising efforts have been very successful. The Young Professional Outreach Committee of BPI hosted a reception last year to raise awareness and funds for BPI, with the event bringing in $15,000. And this past June, Ruth Barge Thumbtzen, a community service liaison at Salve Regina University, and Michael Browner, Jr., a Newport educator, hosted a reception for friends and newcomers to BPI. BPI co-chairs Walter Stone and Linda Newton, along with Judge Edward Clifton, took the opportunity to share with the packed house their own compelling testimonials about their personal commitment to the BPI campaign. Several guests were so moved by the opportunity to support BPI that they publicly announced gifts to the Fund during the reception, raising $200,000.

Neil Steinberg, president and CEO of the Foundation, praised the volunteer committee at the reception, noting, “The success of this event is due to the hard work, dedication and vision of the volunteers who are working tirelessly on behalf of the Black community in our state. BPI is creating an opportunity for philanthropy directly for the Black community. We are getting closer to the goal of raising $1 million to build a fund that will grow and respond to current needs and future generations.”

During the reception, event host Ruth Barge Thumbtzen shared, “When I learned about BPI, I was encouraged by the desire to create a resource to advance issues on behalf of the Black community. I was also excited about the opportunity to encourage new leadership within our communities, new leadership to drive new ideas, new energy and new accomplishments that will have a positive impact within our community, now and into the future. By making a pledge to BPI, you can feel proud to give in an important and powerful way.”

For more information on the Black Philanthropy Initiative, visit their website HERE.

Beyond the Bricks: Documentary Film Project Kicks Off 10 City Community Engagement Tour Addressing Education Crisis of African American Males

By Tokiwa T. Smith
San Francisco/Oakland Contributor

Beyond the Bricks is a documentary film project produced by Washington Keon Media that discusses the issues of consistently low performance of African American males in school. The film follows African-American students Shaquiel Ingram and Erick Graham as they struggle to stay on the track in the Newark, NJ public school system. Weaved into the boys’ stories is commentary from some of the country’s foremost leaders, experts and scholars focused on black boys and their education, including Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and Schott Foundation President Dr. John Jackson, among others. Though the film focuses primarily on students from Newark, NJ, the issues addressed extend to urban enclaves throughout the nation.

Starting September 18 with a screening in Jackson, Mississippi at Tougaloo College, there will be a 10 city community engagement tour that will bring together educators, community leaders, policy makers, parents and students for town hall meetings to address the issues concerning the education of African American males. Washington Keon Media Productions (WKMP) has established strategic partnerships with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement of The Open Society Institute, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), and other leading non-profit organizations, as well as MSNBC’s and BET Network’s Centric TV Online ( to help spread the word about the tour and groundbreaking DVD documentary. Together with the Beyond The Bricks web platform (, communities across the country will be engaged to their share ideas and developments, track their progress, and work together to establish objectives and goals that can be applied for future success.

{VIDEO} Trailer for Beyond the Bricks:

Beyond The Bricks Trailer from Beyond the Bricks on Vimeo.

“The lack of quality education is at once a local issue and a national dilemma, a school problem and a community concern,” says Ouida Washington, Producer of Beyond the Bricks and one half of Washington Koen Media Productions. “Our National Campaign is one we hope will bring all the community stakeholders together to inspire them to make necessary change happen, not only where they are but also beyond. There are many examples of models and approaches that are working across the nation, and we think these ideas need to be shared so they can be replicated and even spur new ideas.”

Beyond The Bricks town hall events are open to the public and will take place on the below dates at the specified locations:

September 18 - Jackson, MS - Tougaloo College
October 2 - Oakland, CA - Allen Temple Baptist Church
October 9 - Baltimore, MD - Morgan State University
October 16 - Atlanta, GA - Morehouse College
October 23 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Public Library
October 30 - Chicago, IL - University of Chicago
November 6 - Milwaukee, WI - TBD
November 13 - Philadelphia, PA - TBD
November 20 - Boston, MA - Wheelock College
December - New Orleans, LA – TBD

Visit the website HERE for more information and to register for the town hall events.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Insider: Felicia Coley

By BlackGivesBack Atlanta Contributor Lisa Brathwaite

All eyes within the fashion faction may currently be on the catwalks for the bi-annual look of luxe that is New York Fashion Week, but the charitable work of shoe blogger-turned-author Felicia Coley has caught our fancy.

Using her book, How To Stylishly Fall From Grace, as a platform, Coley takes strides to give “heeling” power to women affected by domestic violence.

The self-published tome is a fictional memoir about a fashion-forward, independent woman who is swept off her feet (or so she thinks) by a man she meets at a Broadway play—until she relocates her life, wardrobe and shoes to New York City to live with him.

With a storyline that has a Cinderella twist, Coley hopes women will walk away with the message of self-worth, especially when in reality up to 70% of women may be abused (a multi-layered definition that goes beyond physical) in their lifetime.

Recently appearing at the First Annual Atlanta Black Book Expo, Coley rewarded substance with style, contributing a portion of every book sale to benefit Say No to Violence (an initiative of the Women’s Fund of the UN), and giving back to purchasers the opportunity to win a pair of custom Lauren Luna stilettos for the occasion.

The philanthropic fashionista and founder of The Well-Heeled Society lifestyle blog talks to BlackGivesBack about why giving never goes out of style. Read on to learn more about our latest Insider.

What role does "giving back" play in your life?

Giving back is the selfless way to honor your purpose. Even when you don't think you “have,” a kind word or smile can make a difference in someone's day—or life.

My happiest moment of giving back was years ago. As an outside sales rep in Richmond, Virginia, I was barely making ends meet. When I began volunteering at a shelter to serve meals to the homeless, I overheard the staff say they needed a new refrigerator. Knowing I wasn't in a position to help financially, I put on my creative hat and organized the "Ultimate in BlackMale" Bachelor Auction. I was able to get the tuxedos, floral arrangements and food as donations. It was a joy when I presented the check to the shelter.

Is there someone in your life who has influenced you or served as your “charitable style” icon?

My grandmother has always been my inspiration. She had the most gentle grace. She always made anyone who needed a hand to hold/mouth to feed or shoulder to lean on welcome across her threshold. Since her passing in 1990, I've been on a personal quest to live up to her legacy.

What are the most important lessons you've learned in choosing an altruistic lifestyle?

"To whom much is given, much is expected." As my Richmond experience shows, wealth isn't limited to one's bank account. Time, talent and sincerity have just as much value.

If you could give $1 million to any type of nonprofit organization or charitable initiative so they could “accessorize,” who would it be?

Without a doubt, UNIFEM ( would be my $1 million beneficiary.

Since 2008, I have been an avid supporter of bringing a voice to women affected by domestic violence. From coworkers to family, I've witnessed too many women devalued. We are queens and need to be treated as such! That's why I strive to give "heeling power" with every copy of my book sold.

There is nothing pretty about violence against women. What's next for you and your book?

I'm elated that my recent involvement in the First Annual Atlanta Black Book Expo resulted in book clubs choosing How to Stylishly Fall From Grace to read! My goal for the book is to address colleges, starting at HBCU campuses. The death of University of Virginia student Yeardley Love last spring is a grim reminder that date violence is growing within the age group of 20-somethings.

Do you have a word in season for young, gifted and Black professionals as it relates to giving?

No matter what you are going through in your personal life, do know there is someone, somewhere that is going through times twice as hard who would love to stand in your shoes. Just by reaching back and helping them (or someone else), you'll be amazed at how blessed you really are.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. If you would like Felicia Coley to address your group or participate in your observance and awareness-raising activities, contact her at For more details regarding her book, visit HERE.

Photos: (Top) Author Felicia Coley and (Bottom) Coley (right) with Vegletta E. Lewis, Atlanta Black Book Expo attendee and winner of the custom heels from Lauren Luna.

PhilanthropyNYU: A New Journal About the Critical Issues in Philanthropy

By BlackGivesBack NY Contributor Akira Barclay

Social Media and Technology are quickly gaining an increased presence in our everyday lives. They have become the major tools that we use to communicate individually as well as within our social and professional networks. As the impact of Social Media and Technology has reshaped how we communicate with one another, they have also become the vehicles through which we in the development world educate potential supporters and remain connected with those who share our cause.

The Fall Issue of PhilanthropyNYU will focus primarily on the examination and discussion of issues related to the emergence of new ideas in fundraising and the impact of Social Media and Technology on the profession. We seek feature articles, commentaries, interviews, and book reviews that will explore new approaches to fundraising and their implications for the future of fundraising. Submissions from students, faculty and fundraising professionals are particularly welcome.

All papers will be reviewed by the PhilanthropyNYU editorial staff. The deadline for submission of articles is October 5, 2010. Papers should follow PhilanthropyNYU guidelines, which can be obtained by emailing Submissions should be emailed as MS Word files to the Editor in Chief: Shelita G Bourgeois at

To learn more about PhilanthropyNYU, please visit

Monday, September 13, 2010

The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation Launches the Never Again Movement and Pledge

Deborah Watts, co-founder of the Emmett Till Legacy Foundation; Rev. Wheeler Parker, a cousin who traveled to Mississippi with Emmett Till from Chicago in 1955; Alvin Sykes, Emmett Till Justice Campaign; and Airickca Taylor of the Mamie Till Mobley Memorial Foundation, stand with the winning logo created by Christopher Harrison of Minneapolis at the Time of Reflection and Remembrance Gala on Aug 27, 2010 at the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago.
The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and other national organizations joined together on August 27-28th 2010 in Chicago, IL, to help launch the Never Again Movement and Pledge, as they commemorated the 55th Anniversary of the death of Emmett Till. Till’s kidnapping and brutal murder at age 14 sparked outrage around the world and the modern civil rights movement. The Foundation and its partners are encouraging all generations and those across the world to pledge to never again allow racism, hatred, injustice and crimes against youth to occur. The Pledge was kicked off at the Foundation's “A Time of Reflection and Remembrance” charity benefit at the Smart Museum of Art at The University of Chicago.

The gala included a museum tour, VIP reception with specialty cocktails sponsored by CONJURE, live entertainment featuring the talented songstress Sheila Raye Charles, daughter of the legendary Ray Charles, and a silent and live auction, while launching the “Never Again” national movement and pledge.

The Emmett Till Legacy Foundation and the Never Again Movement team are asking you to Support the "Never Again" Movement and make the pledge by asking your friends and family members to join you in making the pledge, and announcing it at your meetings, national conventions, concerts, gatherings, churches, other places of worship, homes and communities.

The "NEVER AGAIN" Pledge: I pledge to "Never Again" allow the ugly parts of our past history to become the present. I will forever stand up against racism, hatred, injustice and crimes against our youth........I will always stand up for peace, justice and equality for all.

For more information on the Foundation and the Pledge, visit their Facebook page HERE.

The Seattle Foundation Empowers Community with Groundbreaking Giving Site

SEATTLE, Wash. – The Seattle Foundation has kicked off a new era in community philanthropy with a reimagined Seattle Foundation website that opens the doors to the public on years of Foundation research. The site’s robust search tool allows visitors to conduct detailed searches among hundreds of area nonprofits and to make donations directly to them.

“The Seattle Foundation’s mission is to foster a healthy community in King County — and we can only achieve this if everyone in the community is taking part in the work,” said Foundation President and CEO Norman B. Rice (pictured in photo). “The new website is a key component in helping people with their charitable giving by sharing Foundation resources.”

The site makes available for the first time The Seattle Foundation’s internal evaluations of nonprofit organizations, helping people to make the wisest decisions possible with their giving dollars.

At the website’s “Giving Center,” users can search nearly 700 nonprofits, the vast majority in King County, to find groups that best match users’ interests by mission, geography, clients served and other criteria. A search of nonprofits for the topic “housing,” for example, can be refined to organizations specifically aiding disabled clients, on the Eastside, that promote healthy lifestyles.

Historically, the Foundation has helped local philanthropists operate charitable funds worth $100,000 or more. This vital mission continues, and the website is rich with utilities for existing fundholders. But the new also allows any visitor to contribute any amount of money.

“We believe no other charitable site offers such an array of information on potential gift recipients and the needs of a community,” said Jared Watson, The Seattle Foundation’s vice president for grantmaking and knowledge management. With insights from trained staff, the Foundation’s evaluations go beyond simple statistics. The website also provides context from local and national experts on the greatest needs in the community and the strategies to address these needs with the best potential for success.

The new is an asset for the whole community to help residents make informed giving choices — regardless even of whether they make gifts through the Foundation site. The Foundation receives no fee for donations made through the website and collects no information from users.

The site was built by Redmond Technology Partners. It was funded in part by a $250,000 grant from Microsoft.

“The new Seattle Foundation site is a fantastic example of how technology creates a whole new dynamic not just for nonprofits but for the entire local community,” said Akhtar Badshah, Microsoft’s senior director of global community affairs.

Donations can be channeled in several ways. Visitors can give to a specific nonprofit. They can also give to one of several Foundation initiatives to address immediate regional needs. The Building Resilience Initiative, for instance, focuses on those hit hardest by the current economic downturn and helps them get back on the road to independence. The College for Working Adults initiative helps low-income working adults obtain skills training.

Additionally, visitors can donate more generally to one of the issue areas that contribute to a healthy community: basic needs; health and wellness; neighborhoods and communities; economy; arts and culture; education; and environment. Users can also give to domestic organizations working internationally through The Seattle Foundation’s partner, The Seattle International Foundation. Source: Press release

Friday, September 10, 2010

Jermaine Dupri, DJ Drama, Frank Ski, Rashan Ali, Chilli, Kandi & More to Support Efforts of Grady Hospital

By BlackGivesBack Atlanta contributor Lisa Brathwaite

(ATLANTA) September 9, 2010 - Atlanta celebrities and tastemakers are joining forces with Grady Hospital to support a new grassroots fundraising campaign designed to inspire community giving and increase awareness for Atlanta's only Level I Trauma Center.

Jermaine Dupri, DJ Drama, Frank Ski, Rashan Ali, Chilli (TLC), Kandi ("Real Housewives of Atlanta"), Shawty Lo, Bobby Valentino, Maria More, Cristyle (songwriter), Shanti Das (, Kenny Burns ("The Kenny Burns Show"), J Carter (Sol Fusion), Cory "Coco Brother" Condrey, Taiye Samuel (DTP Records) and Priscilla Renea (Capitol Records artist) will become ambassadors of "G2G" or "Give to Grady," a campaign set to launch Friday, September 10, at 12:30 p.m. EST with a mass messaging event on Twitter and Facebook.

Fans will be encouraged to text "GRADY" to 50555 to donate $5 to one of Atlanta's oldest healthcare facilities. Supporters can also make their donation at

"We are extraordinarily excited that Atlanta's entertainment community will join Grady in what may be the only grassroots fund-raising campaign of this kind in the country. Public hospitals are woven into the fabric of our communities and yet rarely does the community come together in this way to support our important work. Atlanta is a special place, with special people who are genuinely concerned about each other and the city," said Lisa Borders, president of the Grady Health Foundation.

The G2G campaign will run through the end of the year and include a press reception in October and a series of promotional events around the city. TV spots are currently airing on local cable stations.

Grady Hospital is metro Atlanta's only Level I Trauma Center and provides state-of-the-art health care across a variety of disciplines, including trauma, neurosciences, burn and wound care, sickle cell and neo-natal intensive care. The medical facility depends on contributions from the private sector to advance the work, services and research it provides to the community.

Grady hopes to raise $100,000 through the G2G campaign.

For more information on G2G, visit

The Brooklyn Community Foundation Seeks Nominations for 1st Annual Brooklyn Do Gooder Awards

By BlackGivesBack NY contributor Akira Barclay

In honor of its first anniversary, the Brooklyn Community Foundation announced its first-ever online Brooklyn Do Gooder Awards campaign to identify and honor local individuals who embody the highest values of community giving and service. The campaign invites the broader Brooklyn community to nominate and vote for individuals who display an outstanding sense of giving back locally—with time, talent or charity online at The campaign will culminate at the Foundation's anniversary celebration on November 3, 2010 at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Palm House, where the winners will be honored.

“The work of the Brooklyn Community Foundation is to encourage giving and service to our communities. Through this effort we hope to recognize those Brooklynites who are giving back everyday to make our borough stronger and kinder. Our motto is Do Good Right Here, and we want to encourage the public to nominate and vote for those people who exemplify that spirit of generosity and goodness in their community,” said Marilyn Gelber, President of the Brooklyn Community Foundation.

Brooklyn Do Gooder nominees should have a demonstrated commitment to Brooklyn through their work within the Foundation’s five fields of interest: Arts for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement and Green Communities. Each of the five winning Brooklyn Do Gooders will receive an award as well as $5,000 to be used as a reinvestment in a recognized 501(c)3 charitable entity working in Brooklyn or in a Brooklyn Community Foundation Field of Interest Fund.

Anyone can nominate and vote for a Brooklyn Do Gooder 18 years of age or older. Online voting will help determine 20 Brooklyn Do Gooder finalists, after which a distinguished panel of judges including WNYC’s Laura Walker, Freelancer Union’s Sara Horowitz, MoCADA’s Laurie Cumbo, and award-winning author Peter Hedges will choose the winners.

Nominations are being collected through September 30, 2010; Online voting will be open from October 1-October 15, 2010.

To nominate a Do Gooder visit:

The Brooklyn Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people in Brooklyn through grantmaking and by encouraging local giving and community service. The first and only one of its kind in Brooklyn, the Foundation was founded in 2009 to support the borough’s most effective nonprofits in five Fields of Interest: Art for All, Caring Neighbors, Community Development, Education and Youth Achievement, and Green Communities. Since 1998, operating as the Independence Community Foundation, the Foundation distributed over $70 million in grants throughout New York Metro area, more than half of which was in Brooklyn. Learn more at: Follow on Twitter @DoGoodBklyn.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

African American History Makers Launch Innovative Back to School Program

Via Press Release: On Friday, September 17th, as students across the country begin the new school year, more than 200 African-American HistoryMakers nationwide will return to school as well. The HistoryMakers, the nation’s largest African-American video oral history archive, is celebrating ten years in existence by launching a program to help confront the issue of youth violence and inspire youth to greatness.

The "Back-to-School With The HistoryMakers" program will deploy living African-American history-makers into schools in more than 30 states across the country to recount their own school experiences and the struggles they encountered.

"Back-to-School With The HistoryMakers" participants include former U.S. Senator and Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun, Former Ohio Congressman Louis Stokes, Civil Rights Activist C. T. Vivian, Poet Nikki Giovanni, actress Marla Gibbs (227, The Jeffersons), United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and pianist Ramsey Lewis.

The HistoryMakers Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Julieanna Richardson, says she launched the "Back-to-School With The HistoryMakers” initiative because she wanted to respond to President Obama’s call for public service in a real and meaningful way and to help youth recognize that there are alternatives to violence and the challenges they confront.

"Despite the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education decision in 1954, many of our schools are still racially segregated. By bringing these living legends into the schools, we raise awareness about the achievements of accomplished African-Americans in local communities and bring these leaders into schools to see things firsthand," said Richardson. She is encouraging educators across the country to use multimedia resources such as The HistoryMakers’ digital archive to enrich students' exposure to the contributions of African-Americans in every community.

Among the oral histories currently on file at The HistoryMakers are such notables as Dr. Alvin Poussaint, Composer Quincy Jones, Actress Ruby Dee, Civil Rights Activist Rev. Al Sharpton, Former Massachusetts Attorney General Edward Brooke, III and entertainer Smokey Robinson.

The HistoryMakers is a 501 (3) (c) non-profit dedicated to recording and preserving the personal histories of well-known and unsung African Americans. To date, the organization has interviewed over 2,000 HistoryMakers, with the goal of creating an archive of 5,000 interviews (30,000 hours) for the establishment of a one-of-a-kind digital archive, and priceless educational resource.

For more information, visit The HistoryMakers website at and The HistoryMakers digital archive at

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Leading Civil Rights Organizations Unite to Fight Childhood Obesity

September Designated as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Awards Grants to Five National Groups to Address Social Justice Issues Driving the Obesity Epidemic

Via Press Release: A $2 million initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is bringing together five civil rights organizations with the prominence and strength to help reverse childhood obesity, especially in African-American and Latino communities where the epidemic continues to hit hardest.

Over the next 16 months, the groups will aim individually and collaboratively to advance the public advocacy and policy changes critical to creating healthier communities. The initiative recognizes the power of their work to solve systemic issues of racial and social injustice, which underlie many neighborhoods' limited access to affordable, nutritious food or safe places for children to be physically active.

The organizations include the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC); Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF); National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP); National Council of La Raza (NCLR); and National Urban League (NUL).

"These national organizations are coming together to take a stand," said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., president and CEO of the Foundation. "They will help ensure that all communities benefit from the policy and environmental changes we know are necessary to reverse childhood obesity. Their unity speaks volumes about their commitment."

RWJF's announcement of the initiative coincides with September's designation as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Prevention is acutely needed in communities of color given the troubling disparities that persist in rates of childhood obesity and related health problems.

Forty percent of Hispanic boys are overweight or obese, for example, while nearly three of every 10 African-American adolescent girls are obese. And while obesity is associated with increased risk of asthma, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease for all children, the risk is decidedly higher among these populations.

Benjamin Todd Jealous, NAACP president and CEO states, "This epidemic is a social justice issue and is affecting African-American communities and communities of color at a disparate rate. We have to ask ourselves, who will take the responsibility to support public policies that will make our communities healthier? Who should be held accountable for the health of our children? The NAACP is ready to take the responsibility to fight for the health of the next generation."

Marc Morial, NUL president and CEO shares, "We are pleased and empowered to join in this important initiative with RWJF and the other civil rights organizations to put an end to childhood obesity. At the National Urban League, we are dedicated to effective solutions in the areas of policy, advocacy, and community based programs and will use these tools to overcome this challenge to the well-being of our children and communities."

The groups are addressing childhood obesity through their own constituencies and a focus on the federal and/or state policies that can most impact child health, child nutrition and health disparities within their particular communities. As part of the initiative, they are preparing policy briefs and analyses, planning advocacy trainings, holding regional roundtable discussions and highlighting childhood obesity at their national meetings.

To learn how you can get involved to help reverse the childhood obesity epidemic in your community, visit HERE.

SOURCE: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/PR Newswire//Photo: RWJF Website

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Eagle Academy for Young Men Opens $50 Million State of the Art School on Sept. 8th, Launches National Movement to Save Our Sons

NY Governor Paterson, Chancellor Klein, Russell Simmons, Allan Houston, Elected Officials to Attend Opening
New York, NY – September 3, 2010: The Eagle Academy Foundation, which runs all-boys public schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, will open a $50 million state of the art school in the Bronx at the start of the new school year on September 8, 2010 at 8:00am. Governor David Paterson, Chancellor Joel Klein, Russell Simmons, a supporter of the school, Allan Houston, members of the U.S. Congress and other elected officials will be present at the opening to celebrate the launch of the new school.

Two thousand or more are expected to attend the opening, which will close off several streets in the area. Those attending will include students, parents, community leaders from the Bronx, school officials and local residents.

In 2004, One Hundred Black Men, Inc. and The Eagle Academy Foundation opened the first Eagle Academy for Young Men at a temporary facility in the Bronx, starting the movement to help save our sons with the help of the City of New York, the Department of Education, former New York Senator Hilary Clinton and other elected officials. Now six years later, the new permanent school will serve as a home and epicenter to the national movement to save our young men of color.

“The Eagle movement was founded by One Hundred Black Men, Inc. and the launch of the new school is a culmination of the movement to save our sons,” said David C. Banks, President of the Eagle Academy Foundation. “We look forward to continuing this national movement and our model of success in the new building.”

The new $50 million, 78,500 square foot, state of the art facility features:

Wireless Internet connectivity throughout
Apple computers in every classroom
A music room with a sound booth recording studio and a floating floor
A Senate room for debate
A full sized, regulation basketball court and volleyball court in the gym, and a wall-to-ceiling partition to divide the room
An impressive, modern weight room
An art room with a vaulted ceiling, a 20 x 10 ft window to allow natural light throughout the day, pottery wheels and a kiln
Outside terrace
Central air and heating

The Eagle Academy schools educate and mentor young men, assisting them in becoming future leaders committed to excellence in character, scholastic achievement and community service. One Hundred Black Men, Inc. and The Eagle Academy Foundation are committed to making the Eagle Academy a national model for other initiatives that promote educational excellence by instituting comprehensive after school programs, a lengthened school day, a mandatory Saturday institute, a mentorship program that guarantees a mentor for every student, a summer bridge program, greater demands on parental involvement, peer to peer support systems, a comprehensive teacher development institute, strong principal leadership, and other tools. Efforts are tied to an acute understanding of the unique needs of young men, who are unfamiliar with the requirements of a college preparatory, educational experience.

About the Eagle Academy Foundation
The Eagle Academy Foundation funds the Eagle Academy for Young Men. The Foundation is committed to the development of a network of all-male, college-preparatory public schools from grades 6 through 12 that educate and develop young men into future leaders, who are committed to excellence in character, scholastic achievement and community service. The Foundation is focused on creating Eagle Academies in challenged, urban communities with excessively high rates of incarceration. Current Eagle schools are located in the South Bronx and Ocean-Hill Brownsville in Brooklyn and the third school is scheduled to open in September in Southeast, Queens.

One Hundred Black Men, Inc. is the founding partner of the Eagle Academy for Young Men. One Hundred Black Men, Inc. continues to work in partnership with the Eagle Academy Foundation. OHBMI supports mentoring programs at the schools and provide scholarships for Eagle students. Source: Press release

Friday, September 3, 2010

Multicultural Communications Agency Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Yearlong Community Service Projects

By BlackGivesBack Dallas contributor Froswa’ Booker-Drew

Pictured: LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS President & CEO, and Founder of the LAGRANT Foundation, Kim L. HunterLAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS, an integrated multicultural marketing communications firm that specializes in the Hispanic and African American consumer markets, is celebrating its 20th anniversary of making a difference in the community.

Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices in Dallas and Princeton, N.J., the firm will mark its 20th anniversary with yearlong community service projects that are aligned with the agency’s corporate social responsibility initiatives of education, health care, and arts & culture.

Over the course of the next year, each employee of the firm will volunteer 40 hours at a not-for-profit organization of their choice whose mission is health care, education, or arts & culture in Los Angeles, Dallas or Princeton, for a total of 840 employee volunteer hours.

“Our agency was established in 1990 on social marketing causes and we developed our corporate social responsibility program in 1997 as a way to give back to the communities in which we live and work. I cannot think of a better way for us to celebrate our 20th anniversary than to give back to those communities and organizations that have been so good to us,” said Mr. Kim L. Hunter, president and CEO.

In addition to his successful agency, Mr. Hunter began the LAGRANT Foundation twelve years ago. “My frustration was in the lack of diversity. I realized whining and crying wouldn’t solve the problem.” After meeting with his CFO, the concept crystallized for him and in 1998, the foundation was born. The foundation was created to increase the number of people of color in advertising, public relations, and marketing through workshops, scholarships, internships and mentorships. “We have provided 170 scholarships of over $1 million dollars, 250 internships and full time job placements in twelve years. Goldman Sachs hired two of our public relations interns from this summer already!” Hunter’s commitment to diversity is intentional. “People that make things happen don’t think about it. You get engaged and make a difference.”

The firm’s employees will work with six not-for-profit organizations over the next year, including the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Center Theatre Group, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Para Los Niños, and Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA).

“We are honored LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS has selected the Public Relations Student Society of America as one of their nonprofits of choice for this innovative volunteer initiative during their 20th anniversary year,” said William M. Murray, president and chief operating officer, Public Relations Society of America. “We believe LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS’ extensive experience and expertise in multicultural outreach will go a long way in helping us attract and retain diverse students who are interested in a career in public relations.”

Each of the organizations selected compliment the firm’s three Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. Although all of the organizations have a special meaning to the firm, Hunter has been a volunteer for 18 years with the American Cancer Society as a result of losing his father to the disease.

For more than a decade, LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS has been able to support its corporate social responsibility initiatives and surrounding communities through in-kind contributions, cash contributions, and underwriting. The firm also has an employee gift-matching program, where the agency matches an individual employee’s contribution up to $500 to any not-for-profit organization that falls under the company’s corporate social responsibility initiatives.

LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS’ social responsibility program’s philosophy is simple: The more education an individual receives, the more they will learn to take care of their health, and therefore take advantage of arts and culture in their community.

Kim Hunter epitomizes the concept of creating community transformation. “It is a tragedy when you don’t reach back.” The next twenty years for LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS will be even more impressive. “We will have placed even more people in the corporate side in advertising and public relations agencies. Those entities will represent our country and the diversity that truly exists.”

About LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS: LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS is an award-winning, full-service, integrated marketing communications firm specializing in the African American and Hispanic consumer markets. Established in September 1990, the firm provides consultation to corporate, government, and not-for-profit organizations, creating comprehensive, culturally sensitive and relevant campaigns for clients who strive to reach ethnic populations.

The firm offers a vast array of communication services, including advertising, marketing, and public relations. The firm’s current client roster includes: Ad Council, American Airlines, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, Bahamas Ministry of Tourism and Aviation, The California Wellness Foundation, Elan Pharmaceuticals, GUARDIAN, Harley-Davidson Motor Company, H&R Block, MetLife, National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Southern California Edison, Union Bank, and XanGo. For more information on LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS, visit

Steve Harvey Hosts 8th Annual Ford Hoodie Awards Honoring Community Businesses and Leaders

Host Steve Harvey, Marjorie Harvey, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth and actor Michael Clarke Duncan attend the 8th Annual Hoodie Awards in Las Vegas on August 28,2010.
Fantasia, Sherri Shepherd, Holly Robinson Peete, The O’Jays and Angie Stone Among the Celebrity Presenters and Performers At Sold-Out Awards Show Honoring Community Businesses and Leaders
LAS VEGAS, NV (August 30, 2010) – On Saturday, August 28, 2010 more than 10,000 people converged at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to support multi-faceted entertainer Steve Harvey’s 8th Annual Ford Hoodie Awards. Created by Harvey to celebrate the country’s best neighborhood businesses and leaders in 12 categories, the star-studded night featured celebrities such as Sherri Shepherd, Holly Robinson Peete, LisaRaye and more presenting Hoodie Awards to a plethora of winners from Illinois to Florida. The stage rocked from the opening medley performed by Rock-and-Rock Hall of Famers, The O’Jays, R&B songstress Angie Stone and closed with a soulful, inspiring and uplifting performance by American Idol winner, Fantasia.

This year’s sold-out awards show also put more fans in the house with the first-ever live webcast of the Ford Hoodie Awards on, sponsored by The Nielsen Company and produced and live-streamed using the NewTek TriCaster™ portable live production system. Established in 2001, The Hoodie Awards were created by Steve Harvey and his producing partner Rushion McDonald to recognize the efforts and strides that the stars of our neighborhoods are making in the cities and towns in which they live. The superstar entertainer and New York Times best-selling author feels that although celebrities, politicians and corporate CEOs are typically lauded for their accomplishments, all too often the hard work of the “common” man and woman goes unnoticed.

“Every year, the fans, nominees, performers, presenters and everyone tear the roof off this show with show-stopping moments, and this year we really brought the house down with a ton of surprises,” says Harvey. “From first-time winners to a lot of repeat winners, it’s great to see how loved and inspiring the nominees are in their communities. I’m so grateful to all the presenters, performers, and sponsors that came together with me to make this weekend an unforgettable blowout,” he adds.

Top photo: Holly Robinson Peete and Ed Gordon present the award for Best High School; Lisa Raye and R&B singer Dwele present the Ford Hoodie Award for Best Church Choir
With the first-ever live webcast of this year’s sold-out 8th Annual Ford Hoodie Awards hosted by Steve Harvey, fans who couldn’t make it to Vegas flocked to to watch the show unfold from all over the world. More than 100,000 viewers from 24 countries tuned in to the star-studded show, which started live-streaming after 10:30 pm EST.

The one-of-a-kind awards show was the centerpiece of a packed weekend full of celebrity-filled events and fun, all for a great purpose. Additional activities included live broadcasts of The Steve Harvey Morning Show sponsored by Outback Steakhouse, the Hillshire Farm Freedom Friday Party that featured performances from the legendary Charlie Wilson & Doug E. Fresh, the 5-hour Energy Midnight Comedy Jam hosted by Nephew Tommy; and inspiring, informative seminars and activities with Steve Harvey and other talents and professionals including editor-in-chief of Essence Magazine, Angela Burt-Murray. On Sunday featured the AT&T Charity Golf Tournament hosted by Harvey and the Burger King Charity Beach Party with performances by R&B stars Joe and Keith Sweat and a surprise performance by Flavor Flav, with proceeds benefiting the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men.

The O'Jays perform at the 8th Annual Hoodie Awards
In addition to presenting sponsor Ford, the 2010 Hoodie Awards weekend was made possible with the gracious support of Glory Foods, Hillshire Farm, The Home Depot, Kodak, Wells Fargo, Budget Rent-A-Car, the National Education Association, Outback Steakhouse, 5-hour Energy, Prudential, State Farm Insurance, Optimum Care, Magic Shave, AT&T, Burger King and The Nielsen Company.

The 2010 winners of the 8th Annual Ford Hoodie Awards hosted by Steve Harvey are:
Best Fried Chicken – Carey’s Cuisine, Temple Hills, MD
Best Nail Salon sponsored by Wells Fargo – Salon Couture, District Heights, MD
Best High School Teacher sponsored by the National Education Association - Kathleen Bowens, Upper Marlboro, MD
Best Car Wash/Detail Shop sponsored by Budget Rent-A-Car – Show Room Shine Express Detailing, St. Louis, MO
Best Church Choir sponsored by Glory Foods – Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago
Best Soul Food Place sponsored by Hillshire Farm – Mama Nem’s Soul Food, Orlando, FL
Best Barbershop sponsored by Magic Shave – JoeyCuts Barber Salon, Kansas City, MO
Best Beauty Salon sponsored by Optimum Care – M Salon 1, Tampa, FL
Best High School sponsored by State Farm Insurance – I.C. Norcom High School, Portsmouth, VA
Best Barbecue sponsored by The Home Depot – Big Daddy’s BBQ, Gary, IN
Best Church – First Baptist Church of Glenarden, Upper Marlboro, MD
Best Community Leader sponsored by Ford Motor Company – Denise Warren, Jamaica, NY

Photo credit: Getty Images

Celebrity Philanthropy: Rapper Snoop Dogg Touches Down on Fourth 7-Eleven® ‘Coffee Cup With A Cause’ Benefiting Inner-City Football League

Snoop Youth Football League to Score Proceeds of Next ‘Cup With a Cause’

DALLAS (Sept. 1, 2010) – 7-Eleven, Inc. has scored Snoop Dogg, a global superstar, as the fourth designer in their charitable “Coffee Cup With A Cause” program.

Proceeds from Snoop’s cup will benefit the Snoop Youth Football League (SYFL), a Los Angeles-based football club founded by the entertainer himself 6 years ago to help inner-city kids spend their free time in a healthy, safe environment.

Snoop fans who want to support the SYFL can head into any participating 7-Eleven store across the U.S. to purchase his signature cup, on sale from Sept. 1 through Oct. 18 or while supplies last. 7-Eleven guarantees a $250,000 minimum donation to SYFL, but the support could increase depending on the number of cups sold. Consumers can increase the contribution by purchasing the cup.

To celebrate 7-Eleven’s donation and the launch of his cup, Snoop will make a special announcement at the beginning of his SYFL team’s practice. The kids of the SYFL program – the true beneficiaries of the donation – will learn firsthand about the program and associated donation, as well as get to be one of the first to get their hands on one of the Snoop-designed 7-Eleven cups.

“We’ve been running this league for 6 years now with more than 3,500 kids participating in that time, but our partnership with 7-Eleven’s ‘Coffee Cup with A Cause’ program is huge for us,” Snoop said. “It means many good things are in store for the players, and the league can reach out to more kids and touch more lives.”

Snoop has recently seen the seeds of his namesake league come to fruition as four of the former players have gone on to play football at NCAA Division1 colleges.

“The Snoop Youth Football League serves an important role in the community by helping kids focus their energy on something positive,” says Rita Bargerhuff, 7-Eleven’s vice president and chief marketing officer. “We believe our customers will want to help make a difference in the lives of these youth by supporting Snoop’s football league through his ‘Cup With A Cause.’”

“I’m just so proud of my league and my players right now, and designing a ‘Cup With A Cause’ is really an exciting opportunity for us,” Snoop added. The entertainer plans to expand his youth football program to other cities across the country, beginning in Chicago this fall.

During 2010, other entertainment and sports celebrities designed cups sold exclusively at participating 7-Eleven stores in the U.S. Cups can be filled with any 7-Eleven hot beverage and customized with an assortment of creams, syrups and spices at no extra charge. Snoop’s cup follows Nicole Richie and Benji and Joel Madden’s Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation, Jennifer Hudson’s Boys and Girls Clubs of America and John Cena’s Make-A-Wish Foundation limited-edition cups.

The Snoop Dogg themed SYFL custom cups are available while supplies last at 7-Eleven’s franchised and company-operated stores nationwide. For more information about this program, please visit:, and