Thursday, April 19, 2012

New Faces of Philanthropy Making An Impact: Support the Cultures of Giving Challenge!

Board Members from the Community Investment Network, one of 22 organizations participating in the Cultures of Giving Challenge: Lyord Watson, Vice Chair; Kenny Ashe; Charles E. Lewis, Jr.; Barron Damon and Mark Lewis, Treasurer

The Cultures of Giving Challenge has started! This 10-day online giving campaign challenges donors to raise funds for nonprofit organizations that focus on high-priority issues in communities of color. For every donation made to one of the 22 participating nonprofits, up to the first $20,000 per nonprofit will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Donations can be made now through April 26 at Each gift also makes the nonprofit organization eligible for special prizes and awards.

Two participating nonprofits, the Community Investment Network (CIN) and Associated Black Charities of Maryland, have previously been featured on BlackGivesBack.

CIN is a national network of giving circles and everyday philanthropists, founded in North Carolina and rooted in the Southeast. Member giving circles include The Black Benefactors in Washington, DC, Birmingham Change Fund in Birmingham, AL, New Generation of African American Philanthropists in Charlotte, NC, A Legacy of Tradition in Raleigh, NC and Circle of Joy in Atlanta.

“This is giving by design,” says CIN Board Chair, LaDawn Sullivan. “The Giving Donor Challenge directly aligns with the practices of CIN - to be strategic in giving, to pool our individual contributions, and to leverage additional resources.” Chad Jones, executive director of CIN shares, “CIN is contributing to a growing movement of giving circles and community philanthropy. I am confident that all of the participating groups will harness the power of crowdfunding, so it becomes a part of our ongoing development and organizational growth.” The Community Investment Network inspires, connects and strengthens African Americans and communities of color to leverage their collective resources and create the change THEY wish to see.

Associated Black Charities, based in Baltimore, MD, is a public foundation that facilitates the creation of measurably healthier and wealthier communities in Maryland through leadership and philanthropic investment. Read our Insider profile on ABC's President and CEO, Diane Bell-McKoy here.

Visit for a full list of all participating organizations.


lmstrategies said...

Thanks! Great article. Don't forget to support the nonprofits at The challenge goes until April 26th. Every gift counts!

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