Monday, December 29, 2014

Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014

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Blake Ansari

Young Philanthropist Gives Back to NYC’s Homeless Children

Six-year old philanthropist Blake Ansari from New York City takes the top spot as our most popular story of 2014! Blake was inspired to launch a book drive after learning about a young girl who lived in a homeless shelter without an adequate supply of books. With the support of his parents, Blake began collecting books to donate to homeless children on Valentine’s Day and to date, he has donated over 700 books! For his efforts to ensure that homeless shelters have a library of books available for youth to read, Blake was selected as a 2014 regional winner of the Kohl’s Cares® Scholarship Program, receiving a $1,000 scholarship for higher education. Blake’s mother shared with us, “BlackGivesBack, it was your interview that earned Blake Kohl's Regional Philanthropist of the Year. Because of BlackGivesBack, children as far as Brazil support Blake Mini Libraries . Thank you for embracing the heart and soul of a six-year old and giving our youth a voice as philanthropists. Most of all, thank you for giving my family and me the best Kwanzaa gift ever!” Congratulations Blake and continued success to you!

Among the most popular stories of the year include coverage of a civic engagement forum kicking off Black Philanthropy Month 2014, a video release featuring stories by Black philanthropists, profiles of community leaders and more:

What’s Community Got To Do With It? A Civic Engagement Forum in Observance of Black Philanthropy Month
Black Philanthropy Month 2014 kicked off in Charlotte, NC with a reception and forum that featured Dr. Emmett Carson, president and CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Xavier University Graduate and Scholarship Recipient Pays It Forward
Jade Romain’s experience teaching in Africa inspired her to take action.

Community Investment Network Set to Mark a Decade of Impact Through Giving Circles
If you’re interested in collective philanthropy and giving circles, then this annual conference is for you. Stay tuned for information on the 2015 conference!

The Insider: Giving Is A Lifestyle for Professor/Artist Najjar Abdul-Musawwir
One of our Insider profiles of the year highlights the work of this internationally renowned artist, professor and social activist.

Diversity Affluence Hamptons Brunch Convenes Powerbrokers and Pioneers
Coverage of this must attend event with a who’s who guest list of multicultural affluent consumers, business influencers and innovators is always popular with our readers.

Diverse Voices in Giving: New Video Shares Stories of African American Philanthropists
Released by the D5 Coalition, the video shares the giving stories of some of the nation’s most prominent Black donors, including Bernard and Shirley Kinsey, Brickson Diamond and Maureen and Roy Roberts.

#BPM365: Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month Year-Round
A recap of Black Philanthropy Month 2014.

African American Board Leadership Institute Building Pipeline of Future Leaders
This blog post highlights the efforts of the African American Board Leadership Institute (AABLI), an organization that prepares Black professionals in California for board service.

What’s Next for Black Philanthropy? An Interview with ABFE’s President and CEO
Susan Taylor Batten talks with BlackGivesBack about ABFE’s (Association of Black Foundation Executives) current and future projects that included the first-ever retreat for Black women in philanthropy.

Thank you for reading and supporting BlackGivesBack.  Have a happy, healthy and philanthropic New Year!

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