Monday, September 26, 2011

Nonprofit, Philanthropy and Business Leaders to Gather for Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy’s “State of the Race” Conference

Baseball legend and honoree Vida Blue and the Northern Lights Children's Choir attend the 2010 Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy's Gala Reception at the African American Museum & Library, September 29, 2010 in Oakland, CA.

2011 Community Impact Awards to Recognize Local Black Philanthropists

SAN FRANCISCO – Nonprofit, business and philanthropy leaders will gather on October 12, 2011, for the Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy’s “State of the Race” conference and awards reception, celebrating local black philanthropists and spotlighting solutions that can fuel employment, entrepreneurship and innovation for African Americans in the region.

“We benefit from living in one of the world's hotspots for innovation, and we aim to bring some of that energy to bear to collectively tackle issues facing Black communities,” said Cedric Brown, Chair of Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy (BABIP). “We are also eager to honor the generous contributions of individuals and organizations who strengthen this region by investing their time and resources in important causes.”

The theme of this year’s conference is “Beyond the Neighborhood: African Americans Competing in the Regional Economy.” It will take place 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation Conference Center in San Mateo. The one-day conference will highlight major trends in the Bay Area’s Black populations from the 2010 Census; how regional markets and governance structures impact economic opportunities for Black communities; promising models for employment and entrepreneurship; and tools for using technology, policy advocacy and leadership development to advance social change.

Invited presenters at the conference include: Angela Benton, CEO of and Co-Founder of NewMe Accelerator; Allen Fernandez-Smith, President and CEO of Urban Habitat; Ted Howard, Steven A. Minter Fellow at the Cleveland Foundation; Mary Lee, Associate Director at PolicyLink; Dr. Steven Pitts, Labor Policy Specialist at UC Berkeley Labor Center; Jason Trimiew, Director of Business Development at REDF; and Junious Williams Jr., CEO of Urban Strategies Council. The conference is co-sponsored by the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers, and Urban Strategies Council.

Following the conference, the “Celebrating Black Philanthropy” Gala Reception will recognize leading Black philanthropists in the Bay Area with the 2011 Community Impact Awards.

This year’s honorees are: Gloria Rhodes Brown, retired former Director of the University of California Cooperative Extension Service for San Mateo and San Francisco counties; Michael C. Bush, Founder of The MattMar Group Inc.; James Lowell Gibbs, Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Centennial Professor of Anthropology Emeritus, and Dr. Jewelle Taylor Gibbs, author and retired Zellerbach Family Fund Professor of Social Policy, Community Change and Practice at UC Berkeley; Valerie Coleman Morris, leading financial literacy journalist and author; Keena Turner, Vice President of Football Affairs for the San Francisco 49ers; and Verizon Wireless.

KTVU’s Morning News Anchor Dave Clark will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the gala reception, taking place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Stanford University’s Black Community Services Center.

Both the conference and gala reception are open to the public. Tickets are $50 for the conference, $50 for the reception. Tickets for both the conference and reception are $75 for BABIP members, $90 for non-BABIP members. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit  See highlights from the 2010 gala reception HERE.

About Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy (BABIP)

BABIP is a regional, nonprofit membership organization that works to advance the interests of African Americans in philanthropy, and to address the impact of racial disparity within philanthropic institutions and African American communities in the San Francisco Bay Area. www.BABIP.orgSource:  Press release