The arrival of August will mark the start of Black Philanthropy Month (BPM). BPM is a multimedia campaign to inform, involve, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. As a campaign, BPM 2016 will comprise activities—online and in communities—to inspire people to give in conscious and more strategic ways. This year’s focal concept and theme is Elevating A Culture of Giving.
‘Our giving has always been seed capital for community change’
Jackie Copeland-Carson, PhD, founder of Black Philanthropy Month, notes, “Our giving has always been seed capital for community change. But with the pressing challenges facing us today, we need to do much more to strengthen our collective giving for the times. BPM 2016 kicks off a year-long revival of our community philanthropy. Black giving matters and we hope communities everywhere can join us to transform our future.”
During August and continuing throughout the year, the blog will highlight news, BPM Featured Events and more from communities across the country and globally.
‘Exercising the power of Black giving is my passion’
Tracey Webb, founder of Black Benefactors and former blogger at BlackGivesBack.com says, “Exercising the power of Black giving is my passion, and the stories illuminated every August remind me that there is solidarity and consequently I feel emboldened.”
To prepare for the launch of Black Philanthropy Month, be sure to do the following:
- “Like” the Facebook page to follow posts and also use #BPM2016 for updates and happenings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
- Go to the Shareables folder on Dropbox.com to download a current media release, social media badges, sample tweets, the BPM Participant Guide, and other items to help you engage with your peers, in your community, and across the world.
- Use social media to tell us what you have planned for August, why Black giving matters, and how you’ll give during the month. Announce your BPM events via the online form.
‘Giving liberates the soul of the giver’
Revelations on philanthropy are the focus of Maya Angelou’s written piece, “The Sweetness of Charity”. Ushered in with Black Philanthropy Month is a spirit of generosity and a time for reflection. Below is a selection of readings to help inform your philanthropic thinking and practice. These poems, essays and short stories—many recommended by the Center for Civic Reflection—are provided for you to read and ponder personally, to read aloud as an opening or closing piece of a public program, or to focus on in a discussion group. Elevate your giving with reflection.
“The Sweetness of Charity” by Maya Angelou
“Last Will And Testament of Mary McLeod Bethune” by Mary McLeod Bethune
“The Lovers of the Poor” by Gwendolyn Brooks
“Rich Aunt” by Valaida Fullwood
“What I Learned from My Mother” by Julia Kasdorf
“The Drum Major Instinct” by Martin Luther King, Jr.
“The Four Traditions of Philanthropy” by Elizabeth Lynn and D. Susan Wisely
“The Lamb and the Pinecone” by Pablo Neruda
“When Giving Is All We Have” by Alberto Rios
“Full Circle” by Quentin Talley
“Truth Be Told” by Ava Wood
What informs your giving? Share your response on Facebook and Twitter using #BPM2016.
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.
#BPM2016 Architecture Team
Re-blogged from BPM365 via BlackPhilanthropyMonth.com. Proud and excited to be a part of the BPM Architecture Team, along with Jackie Copeland-Carson and Tracey Webb! — VF