Wednesday, July 31, 2013

A Sneak Peek of Black Philanthropy Month 2013: An August of Dreams and Mountaintops


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Remembering 50 years of historic achievements with calls for greater African-descent giving and community-led change

We’re excited for the launch of Black Philanthropy Month 2013 (BPM 2013) tomorrow and we hope you are too!  BPM 2013 is a seven-month campaign and an unprecedented, coordinated initiative to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms.

The campaign architects are the African Women’s Development Fund USA, BlackGivesBack.com, the Community Investment Network and the Giving Back Project.  We’re all leaders in advancing Black philanthropy in the U.S. and abroad, and with this campaign we hope to encourage new conversations and increased giving by and for Black communities.  This year’s focal concept “Of Dreams and Mountaintops” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. King’s iconic “I Have a Dream” speech.

Here’s what you can look forward to during BPM 2013: Articles highlighting philanthropists, nonprofit and foundation executives, and our trio of inaugural BPM 2013 Honorary Ambassadors; weekly tweetups in August at 2pm EST on topics of interest to Black communities; profiles of African American giving circles; coverage of BPM 2013 events; op-eds from readers; news of opportunities to give your time, talent and treasure to great causes; and more.  

And beginning tomorrow, you can support a DonorsChoose.org project, as the organization has generously pledged $25K in support of Black Philanthropy Month.  During August, your donation gains a dollar-for-dollar match up to $50 for classroom projects posted on the site when you use the BPM promo code: DREAMS.

How will you observe Black Philanthropy Month? Are you hosting an event?  Participating in a group volunteer project?   Writing an op-ed for your local newspaper?  Attending a charity or community event?  Joining or starting a giving circle?  We want to hear from you!  Let us know what you have planned by entering your event here, sharing on our official Facebook page or tweeting your photos, links and activities.  Be sure to use the hashtag #BPM2013.

Telling our stories, sharing our gifts and gathering to learn, connect and grow in ways that benefit "the beloved community" that Dr. King spoke of is the basis of the Black Philanthropy Month campaign.

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