Wednesday, July 25, 2012

African American Philanthropy News & Events

Register Now for The “Philanthropic Renaissance”

Are you passionate about giving back? Do you want to connect with like minded givers? Learn more about giving circles? Then the Philanthropic Renaissance: Illuminating Creative Expressions of Giving conference is for you! This is an annual gathering of everyday philanthropists who come together to share stories, exchange ideas and learn strategies to create and affect change in local communities by giving back.

The “Philanthropic Renaissance” is the annual conference of the Community Investment Network and is co-hosted by the Birmingham Change Fund. Join them this fall in Birmingham as they celebrate the inspiring changes made in communities big and small across the country, and showcase the long history of civil rights, social justice and Blacks giving back in Alabama. In addition to plenaries and workshops, the Philanthropic Renaissance will offer local tours of Birmingham, free yoga practice on-site, and evening festivities.

And just announced - a youth track focus on October 6th: A one-day pass for self-organized, self-authorized and youth-led sessions on philanthropy and social entrepreneurship. Cost $25. BlackGivesBack will be there and we hope to see you also!

When: October 4-7, 2012
Where: Birmingham, Alabama
How to Register:

Visit the conference website at

Teaming Up:  The Black Benefactors and the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Many readers know of my efforts to support nonprofit organizations serving the African American community in my hometown of Washington, DC through my giving circle, The Black Benefactors. This year, we celebrate five years and announced a new partnership with the Catalogue for Philanthropy, a print and online resource that identifies some of the best smaller nonprofits in the DC region. Over 100 reviewers evaluate nonprofit applicants for merit, distinction and impact, and the best are included in the annual publication that celebrates its 10th anniversary next year.

We used the Catalogue to select a grantee for our 2012 Black History Month grant awards, and in doing so, we learned we were in the minority. Many of the nonprofits featured in the Catalogue serve the African American community, but the majority of donors who use resource to identify organizations to support are white. This is something I hope to change.

Read my two-part series on how I plan to accomplish this on the Catalogue's Good Works blog:

Part I: Teaming Up - Black Benefactors and The Catalogue
Part II: Black Benefactors & the Catalogue Part II

Long Legacies of Giving: A discussion of the rich histories of giving within communities of color

TUESDAY, JULY 31st at 4:00-5:00 pm ET (3-4 CT, 2-3 MT, 1-2 PT)

Join the Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training (GIFT) and staff and member circles from the Community Investment Network (CIN) for an hour-long discussion about the tremendous histories of how communities of color have organized fundraising and giving efforts to affect social change. From the American South, to diasporas across the globe, there are numerous examples of how our ancestors have given money and time, food, transportation and other types of in-kind contributions to advance social movements and campaigns for justice.

The call will feature Valaida Fullwood [award-winning author of Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists; founder of New Generation of African American Philanthropists - Charlotte; and a member of CIN's Board of Directors], Channapha Khamvongsa [Founder of Legacies of War,] and other invited guests.

To register for the free call, visit here.

This is the second in a series of four ”For Us/By Us: Raising Money and Building Resources in Communities of Color” conference calls, jointly hosted by GIFT and CIN between June-November 2012. The calls will address a variety of topics on race, class and identity by highlighting the campaigns, projects and efforts that inspire individuals to fundraise for and give back to their communities.

To learn more about GIFT visit  To learn more about CIN visit

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