A Culture of Giving

BPM 2016 Featured Event • Coming Up Soon!

On Thursday, August 18, the A-LIST of United Way of Central Carolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina will host a social gathering and program at Levine Museum of the New South, in recognition of Black Philanthropy Month. Established in 1998, the A-LIST—African Americans Lead, Influence, Support and Teach—brings together Black philanthropic leaders as a mobilizing agent on behalf of social change for all. Its goal for communities in the ‪‎Charlotte region is to create a culture of diversity, inclusion and equality. Click here to register


BPM Spotlight, with featured photos

Oregon Groups Roll Out Community Program Series with ‘The Soul of Philanthropy’ Exhibitions

MRG Foundation—in collaboration with such groups as the Collins Foundation, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority-Portland Alumnae Chapter, Meyer Memorial Trust, The Oregon Community Foundation, NAACP Eugene/Springfield Chapter, Portland Community College-Cascade Campus and New Generation of African American Philanthropists—hosted a series of events celebrating traditions of Black philanthropy, August 4-6 in the cities of Portland and Eugene. Events took place in venues, including the June Key Delta Community Center and The Mims House, of cultural and historical significance to Oregonians. Founded in 1976, MRG Foundation is a social justice foundation celebrating its 40th anniversary by hosting exhibitions and BPM 2016 Featured Events.

MRG Foundation panelists Dimeji Onafuwa, designer and doctoral student, and Lovesha Woods, incoming college freshman, participate in a community conversation on traditions and possibilities of philanthropy.

MRG Foundation panelists Dimeji Onafuwa, designer and doctoral student, and Lovesha Woods, incoming college freshman, participate in a community conversation on traditions and possibilities of philanthropy.


Three New Governmental Bodies Proclaim ‘Black Philanthropy Month’

The City of Chicago, State of Maryland and District of Columbia released proclamations recognizing BPM’s month-long observance that “invites all people of African ancestry and allied brothers and sisters to take August and beyond to promote the power of giving to transform lives.” Respectively, Chicago’s African American Legacy and DC-based Jack and Jill of America Foundation, which is a BPM 2016 Institutional Sponsor, led efforts to secure these proclamations. Other cities and agencies that have followed suit with proclamations are listed here.


$25K Plus A Match Generated By Arizona’s REAP Giving Circle

Black men composing the Phoenix giving circle REAP—Real Engagement through Active Philanthropy—pooled $25,000 for its inaugural grantmaking cycle. Their funds will be matched by an additional $25,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation. Established in 2014, REAP aims to leave a legacy of giving for future generations by reinvesting in and strengthening communities. REAP is part of the Black Philanthropy Initiative at Arizona Community Foundation, which is a BPM 2016 Institutional Sponsor. 

Men of of REAP Giving Circle in Phoenix, with Kim Covington of the Black Philanthropy Initiative of Arizona Community Foundation

Men of of REAP Giving Circle in Phoenix, with Kim Covington of the Black Philanthropy Initiative of Arizona Community Foundation


Newest Sponsor—Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis, IN

Christian Theological Seminary (CTS) has joined 20+ organizations across the philanthropic and nonprofit sector by becoming a BPM 2016 Institutional Sponsor. CTS is a fully accredited, inclusive ecumenical graduate school in Indiana. It is the home of the first Ph.D. program in African-American Preaching. Click for the full list of sponsors.


More highlights can be found via these links:

BPM365 Blog: Week 1

Storify.com Recap


“Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit.” — Jawaharlal Nehru

Pop-up, abridged edition of ‘The Soul of Philanthropy’ exhibited at Portland Community College-Cascade Campus

Pop-up, abridged edition of ‘The Soul of Philanthropy’ exhibited at Portland Community College-Cascade Campus

The Mims House, among the first black-owned homes in Eugene, Oregon and site of an outdoor program with reception and pop-up exhibition on Black philanthropy.

The Mims House, among the first black-owned homes in Eugene, Oregon and site of an outdoor program with reception and pop-up exhibition on Black philanthropy.

Carol Tatch (r), Major Gifts Major Giving Director at MRG Foundation, with program attendee (l) at Portland Community College-Cascade Campus

Carol Tatch (r), Major Gifts Major Giving Director at MRG Foundation, with program attendee (l) at Portland Community College-Cascade Campus


Black Philanthropy Month is generously supported by BPM 2016 Campaign Partners: The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation and The Give Black Foundation, along with a host of Institutional Sponsors:

ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities (NY)
African American Community Foundation of Charlotte-Mecklenburg (NC) 
AADO: African American Development Officers Network (GA)
African American Philanthropy Committee of The Cleveland Foundation (OH)
Arizona Community Foundation (AZ) 
Bay Area Blacks In Philanthropy (CA)
Campaign for Black Male Achievement (NY)
Central Carolina Community Foundation (SC)
Christian Theological Seminary (IN)
Community Foundation for a Greater New Haven (CT)
Hartford Foundation for Public Giving (CT)
Jack and Jill Foundation (DC)
POISE Foundation (PA)
Resource Generation (NY)
Silicon Valley Community Foundation (CA)
Southeastern Council of Foundations (GA)
Southern California Blacks In Philanthropy (CA)
Tom Joyner Foundation (TX)
Triangle Community Foundation (NC)