Extended spotlight on generosity among African-descent people to inspire greater giving is campaign’s aim
WASHINGTON, DC—Entering its fourth year of observance, Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (BPM 2014) stands as an unprecedented, coordinated initiative to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms. High-impact events, media stories, service projects and giving opportunities characterize the month-long campaign.
“August gives our diverse communities an opportunity to celebrate and renew their rich, shared traditions of giving, self-help and innovation throughout the U.S. and the world,” says Dr. Jackie Copeland-Carson, founder of Black Philanthropy Month.
Self-organized events, community conversations, charitable drives and fundraising in recognition of the occasion illustrate how the public can participate. With a base of activities in place, primary goals of the campaign are to inspire people to improve their communities locally and globally, give back in smarter and more strategic ways and transform people’s lives for the better. All people of African ancestry and their allied brothers and sisters are encouraged to take August and beyond to promote the power of giving to transform lives.
In the United States, special gatherings and initiatives are taking place nationwide. In Dallas, TX the Southern University National Alumni Conference opens on August 1 with a panel, convened and facilitated by the Tom Joyner Foundation that calls for a new philanthropy paradigm at HBCUs. In Charlotte, Dr. Emmett Carson, a luminary in the field of philanthropy, will deliver a talk at the Forum For Civic Leadership, hosted by New Generation of African American Philanthropists. From Boston to Denver to Pittsburgh, plans are underway to observe the month.
“We witnessed firsthand, with last year’s BPM celebrations, the power of print, broadcast and digital media in strengthening Black philanthropy’s voice and intensifying its impact for new times,” states Tracey Webb, founder of BlackGivesBack.com, BPM’s media hub.
BPM also aims to expand the ways that people give. Fund-raising efforts and community drives to be mounted and publicized in August include Black Gives Back to School (school supplies, clothes and service) and the Community Investment Network 2014 National Conference (giving circles and collective giving).
“Expect a rise in participation from last year. We want to see more people giving in strategic, new ways as well as groups investing in Black philanthropic know-how and leadership, across generations,” says Valaida Fullwood, interim Executive Director at Community Investment Network and organizer of the Giving Back Project.
You can help us renew the commitment of time, voice or money to be a part of Black philanthropy’s future, starting in August. For more on Black Philanthropy Month, be sure to follow BPM’s Facebook page and BlackGivesBack.com on Facebook and Twitter at @BlkGivesBack #BPM2014.
BPM 2014 Architects
Principal partners on the campaign are BlackGivesBack.com, Community Investment Network, Giving Back Project and Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network—blazing trails and advancing Black philanthropy around the U.S. and the globe.
Photo: Charles Thomas, Jr.