Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Black Philanthropy in the News

Philanthropy News Digest reports that NBA great Grant Hill and his wife Tamia (pictured) have donated 1.25 million to Duke University to support athletics and arts and sciences. “This generous gift from Grant and Tamia will enhance the college experience of many future Duke students across several disciplines, including athletics,” said Duke Athletics vice president and director Kevin White. “The fact that it comes from someone who is synonymous with the excellence that defines this great institution makes it even more special.” Read more here.

Silicon Valley Community Foundation President and philanthropy leader Emmett Carson is interviewed by QCityMetro.com about black philanthropy in an age of change. Carson states that black nonprofits looking to raise money must do more to keep pace with technology and the changing nature of our global world: “I would suggest that we’re still very traditional with the dinners to raise money, the fundraiser, the church appeal to raise money, the crisis situation where the tragedy has happened and we essentially pass the hat. Today’s philanthropy is being driven by technology, crowd sourcing, creating linkages on social media pages. People are having massive success with these technologies. How do we now get our organizations to look at that and adopt them? You don’t just go out and do it, you’ve got to take resources from someplace else and redeploy them.” Read the article here and register to attend the Forum For Civic Engagement today in Charlotte featuring Carson here.

Fayetteville State University graduate Nicholas Perkins has donated $1 million to his alma mater, the largest individual gift in the school’s history. The gift will support the university’s $25 million capital campaign that will benefit academic and athletic scholarships along with other initiatives. Perkins stated in a press release: “It is critically important that individuals support historically black institutions financially. I have made a personal commitment to support the education of underserved students that are seeking to advance in society. My planned gift demonstrates my faith in and commitment to Fayetteville State University and its mission.” Read the article here.

EVENT: Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy (BABIP) will host “A Conversation on African American Excellence in Education” featuring Assembly Member Shirley Nash Weber on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 in San Francisco. Dr. Weber will lead a conversation with key philanthropic leaders in the BABIP network exploring the legacy and promise of Brown vs. Board of Education, the role of philanthropy in shaping education policy and opportunity for Black children and families from early learning through college attainment, and, how to harness the power of advocacy to advance social change. Visit here for more information and to RSVP.

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