Thursday, August 8, 2013

In Case You Missed It: Black Philanthropy Month 2013 Roundup

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Its day eight of Black Philanthropy Month 2013 (BPM2013) and the buzz is steadily building online and offline!   We’ve been following #BPM2013 on Facebook and Twitter, and we are inspired by your community activities, blog posts, op-eds and donations to our campaign.

In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of media mentions, tweets and more in observance of BPM2013 to date.

Charlotte Philanthropists Campaign for Black Philanthropy Month
An article by the Charlotte Observer profiles members of the New Generation of African American Philanthropists giving circle in Charlotte, NC. (pictured above)

What Black Philanthropy Month Might Mean for Nonprofits and Racial Justice
Written by Rick Cohen for the Nonprofit Quarterly, Cohen asks readers what they see as the importance of Black Philanthropy Month and what BPM programs are they joining. Please weigh in with your comments!

5 Questions for Black Philanthropy Month Organizer Valaida Fullwood
Responding to the question, What is your hope for Black Philanthropy Month 2013, Valaida shares with Q City Metro: 
“I’m full of hopes. I hope August is just the beginning. I hope Black Philanthropy Month 2013 launches ongoing, concerted efforts in black communities to expand and intensify our philanthropic leadership, know-how and impact. I hope people across the country are moved to think about and act on their generosity in ways that help realize “the dream.” Remembering the Civil Rights Movement and the achievements of Americans of African descent, then and now, should serve as a call to action. Otherwise, what’s the point of celebrating our traditions of giving and long legacy of generosity if we aren’t investing our resources and assets, strategically, to transform people’s lives, strengthen communities and bring about a more just world.”  

BPM 2013 | A conversation with Decker Ngongang
The Charlotte Viewpoint features Decker Ngongang, Senior Associate with the Black Male Achievement Fellowship Program at Echoing Green.

The Five Minute Philanthropy Plan
In a blog post for the Community Investment Network, Cedric Brown, managing partner of the Kapor Center shared his experience from a fellowship project that didn’t produce the desired results he was looking for:
“For a fellowship project I worked on a number of years ago, I conducted a series of interviews to gauge personal giving patterns. These were done with black men with good jobs, political awareness, and solid values. I was shocked to find that out of the ten I spoke with, only two had given much thought to making charitable/strategic donations. I was so surprised and disappointed that I abandoned the project, not wanting to write up what I thought was an embarrassing result. Unfortunately I didn’t have the foresight to use those results and that disappointment as a springboard into action, recognizing that sometimes people need to be asked and inspired to give. So here’s my inspiration: The Five Minute Philanthropy Plan!”
Read the full post here.

The African Women’s Development Fund USA, founder of Black Philanthropy Month, highlights BPM2013 in their latest newsletter.

And check out these insightful posts from on Civil Rights at 50: Our Lives Matter and Black Philanthropy Month and Philanthropy Reframed: BPM 2013 by My Headband for Today in commemoration of BPM 2013.

We’d like to thank media who are supporting our efforts to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropy for BPM2013 including, The Charlotte Post, The Charlotte Observer, Charlotte Viewpoint and Mosaic Magazine.

Visit our Media page on for a full list of press/media mentions and interviews.

We’ve been following #BPM2013 and Black Philanthropy Month Tweets and Facebook posts and we’d like to share some.

Looking for a way to give back during Black Philanthropy Month?   Donate to any classroom project of your choice on during August and your donation will be matched up to $50 by using the promotional code “DREAMS.” is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. has pledged up to $25,000 so we hope you’ll find a project in your community to fund

Remember to share with us your activities and inspiration for Black Philanthropy Month by using #BPM2013 and visit our calendar to learn of events in your community!  To submit calendar listings, please visit here.

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