Thursday, July 10, 2014

Black Philanthropy Month 2014 Event: What’s Community Got To Do With It?

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Central question of the Forum For Civic Leadership, featuring Silicon Valley Community Foundation President and CEO Emmett D. Carson, Ph.D.

CHARLOTTE, NC —Expect to hear bold ideas, engage in refreshing conversation and gain new insight and inspiration toward making a positive and lasting impact on Charlotte’s civic life.  In observance of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (BPM 2014) in August, the Forum for Civic Leadership is set to bring together multiple generations of new and seasoned leaders with interests in the philanthropic and nonprofit realm to probe the question: What’s community got to do with it?

New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP), a Charlotte-based giving circle, is hosting the communitywide forum. “Our aim is to engage and educate diverse groups about various facets of philanthropy.  To that end, we’d also like to bring together and highlight Charlotte’s Black institutions, businesses, nonprofits and community groups in a demonstration of our increasing unity and generosity, says NGAAP-Charlotte member Valaida Fullwood. “Black Philanthropy Month offers an opportunity to provide education, to mobilize donors and volunteers and to spotlight good work.”

Guest speaker EMMETT D. CARSON, PH.D. is president and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), one of the world’s largest community foundations.  Last year, his foundation garnered extensive media coverage after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a donation valued at $990M, the biggest charitable gift on public record for 2013.  All told, SVCF has over $4.7B under management.

An international thought leader in the field of philanthropy, Dr. Carson became the founding CEO of SVCF in 2006, when he led the unprecedented merger of two formidable community foundations.  Today, he oversees the community foundation’s work with donors and corporations, whose generous giving has made SVCF both the largest grantmaker to Bay Area nonprofit organizations and the largest international grantmaker among community foundations in the U.S.

Dr. Carson is author of A Hand Up: Black Philanthropy and Self Help in America, a seminal study of African American giving, published in 1993.  He has published more than 100 works on philanthropy and is an authority on issues of social justice, public accountability and African-American giving.  Prior to SVCF, Dr. Carson had a distinguished career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation and, prior to that, oversaw the Ford Foundation’s U.S. and global grantmaking program on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

A Morehouse College Phi Beta Kappa graduate in economics, Dr. Carson later received both his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in public and international affairs from Princeton University.

BPM 2014 :: Forum For Civic Leadership
WHEN: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm
WHERE: Bank of America Auditorium, Charlotte, NC

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Event sponsors include Bank of America Black Professional Network, Bank of America Diversity and Inclusion, Foundation For The Carolinas and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture (Benefactor Sponsors); Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management (Principal Contributor); Charlotte Mecklenburg Black Chamber of Commerce (CMBCC) and National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Charlotte Chapter (Supporting Contributors); and and On Q Performing Arts (In-Kind Contributors).

Photo: Emmett Carson, CEO, Silicon Valley Community Foundation (center) speaks at a Media Learning Seminar hosted by the Knight Foundation in Miami, February 2013. Photo credit: Patrick Farrell via Flickr

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