Thursday, November 12, 2015

Black Women’s Giving Circle Kicks Off Community Foundation Week

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Members of the African-American Women's Giving and Empowerment Circle,
an initiative of the Arizona Community Foundation

Today marks the start of Community Foundation Week 2015, a national effort to raise awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges. Today there are over 750 community foundations across the country and chances are that there’s one serving your community.

What is a community foundation? The Council on Foundations defines them as grantmaking public charities that are dedicated to improving the lives of people in a defined local geographic area. They bring together the financial resources of individuals, families and businesses to support effective nonprofits in their communities.

In observance of Community Foundation Week (November 12-18), will highlight Black staff and board members at community foundations and their initiatives that benefit the African-American community. Let’s kick things off with the Arizona Community Foundation:

Arizona Community Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Initiative

In 2008 the foundation created the Black Philanthropy Initiative (BPI), a fund to advance equity, health, education, leadership and social justice for African-Americans in Arizona. Through strategic grantmaking, the BPI supports nonprofits led by and serving African‐Americans in such critical areas as health, education, workforce development, community building and more. Last month BPI celebrated the inaugural grants awarded by the African-American Women’s Giving and Empowerment Circle, one of two Black giving circles established under the initiative.

Read the full story here.

Learn more about the Arizona Community Foundation at

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