Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Celebrating 8 Years of Black Philanthropy

BlackGivesBack signs off after 8 years

Dear Readers,

I created eight years ago as a hobby that grew from my love of Black philanthropy. My goal was to uplift, inform and inspire Black philanthropy. From sharing stories of Black philanthropists to nonprofits striving to improve Black communities, it has been a joy to introduce and spotlight these good works and to show that African-Americans are not just passive recipients of philanthropy, but major benefactors. A lot has been accomplished in the field and I am grateful that I played a role. But now is the time for me to move on to the next chapter.

Today marks the end of the blog

This was a very difficult decision, but I’m excited about the possibilities to further promote and inspire Black philanthropy in other ways.

Readers often ask me if is a full-time job. It isn’t. I’m also often asked if the blog makes a profit. It doesn’t. I work a full-time job during the day, blog at night, and run a successful giving circle, Black Benefactors in Washington, DC. This leaves little time for me to do the things I cherish the most, such as spending time with family and friends, enjoying nature, and investing in self-care and my personal well-being.

So I thought, how can I continue the work of in other ways? I have some ideas but will need your help. Please take a few minutes to complete my survey HERE. Your responses will help me to determine how I can best continue BlackGivesBack in the future.

I’m proud of the work I’ve accomplished through this platform and am thankful for all of the wonderful people I’ve met who are giving back to their communities in big ways. THANK YOU for reading! For those of you who shared a post or story, sent an email with words of encouragement or reached out to help, it was greatly appreciated.

I’d like to give a special thank you to my contributors over the years who helped me to share stories of Black giving in their communities: Akira Barclay, Valaida Fullwood, Sandra Davis, Dr. Froswa' Booker-Drew, Tokiwa Smith and Lisa Brathwaite.  They not only became contributors, but friends who shared a similar passion, vision and support for the cause. Also much appreciation goes to media outlets that amplified BGB's work (,,, NPR and Ebony magazine); and to everyone who shared their stories and testimonies on You made this journey possible!

Here’s how you can support my work and Black philanthropy:

  • Join BlackGivesBack’s Linkedin group where you can share news, opportunities, events and resources.
  • Support “The Soul of Philanthropy” tour spearheaded by long-time contributor Valaida Fullwood. The traveling exhibit encompasses rich black-and-white images from the award-winning book Giving Back:  A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists.   The tour's next stop is North Carolina State University in February 2016 followed by Grambling State University, Tougaloo College and University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Explore bringing the exhibit to your community at

I hope that has inspired you to give and think about how you can make an even greater impact in your community and the world.

But before I leave, one last story! Four months following the end of Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), the BPM Architects are pleased to release “Black Philanthropy Month 2015 Report for Our Community of Stakeholders.” BPM is designed as a multimedia campaign to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. High-impact events, media stories, service projects and giving opportunities characterize the annual campaign.

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This year’s focal concept was A Season of Change—a timely assertion that Black giving matters. News reports and personal experiences of racial discord, disturbing shootings, unsettling indignities and pervasive inequities serve as reminders of why traditions of giving and collective action for human rights and social change have been vital in Black communities for centuries. As a month-long campaign, BPM 2015 comprised activities—online and in communities—to inspire people to give back in smarter and more strategic ways and transform one another’s lives for the better.

Read the full report here and visit the website at to stay updated on Black Philanthropy Month 2016.

Yours in giving,



Anonymous said...

Truly a wonderful experience reading BGB over the years. Much success with the next phase.

Trista Harris said...

Thank you for being such a positive voice in the field for many years. Your contributions are much appreciated.

Best wishes for your next steps,
Trista Harris

Tracey said...

Thank you anonymous and Trista!

Mellita Hart said...

Thank you for this blog! I can't believe that I'm only just now seeing it. This is truly inspiring.