August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multi-media campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress in August 2011, Black Philanthropy Month was created as an annual, global celebration of African-descent giving in the United States and worldwide. This year’s theme is “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe.”
Last year the response to Black Philanthropy Month exceeded our wildest expectations. Highlights included a partnership with Donors Choose that raised funds for classroom supplies; over 70 media mentions with articles appearing in TheGrio.com and BET.com; events in cities such as Boston, San Francisco, NYC, Charlotte and Washington, DC; and weekly Tweetups on topics that included HBCU alumni giving and black men and boys that became trending topics on Twitter. #BPM2013 was also a top hashtag among black tweeters on August 24, 2013, the day of a commemoration event honoring the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in Washington, DC.
We invite you to get involved, online and offline, in activities, discussions, thought pieces, events and generosity that are important to you and your community. Here are some ideas:
Host an event in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month.
Proteus Fund Diversity Fellows attend a 2013 Black Philanthropy Month event in Boston hosted by
New England Blacks in Philanthropy and EPIP-Boston.
Use Black Philanthropy Month to highlight the work of your organization to gain new supporters.
Write op-ed pieces inspired by the theme, “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe” with a focus on black philanthropy.
Join or start a giving circle in your community.
Host local civic engagement forums e.g., panel discussions, community conversations, etc. around topics/issues of local interest.
Share news and stories with newcomers to the concept of philanthropy and traditions of black giving.
Become a mentor, volunteer and/or donate to a cause of interest.
Let us know how you will celebrate Black Philanthropy Month by using #BPM2014. By getting involved, you’ll be supporting a national and global movement for black philanthropy. We look forward to celebrating with you!