BPM 2015: Report For Our Community of Stakeholders

Giving augustly, in August and year-round

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Excerpt from the BPM 2015 Report For Our Community of Stakeholders:

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.

BPM continues to offer an extraordinary opportunity for concerted efforts, globally, to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century. The BPM Architecture Team relishes that each year growing numbers of diverse communities celebrate and renew rich, shared traditions of giving, self-help and innovation throughout the United States and the world. And while August shines a white-hot spotlight, Black philanthropy abounds 365 days a year.

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Come To See Philanthropy Differently

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If you’re near Columbia, please come to Frame of Mind—South Carolina’s only eyewear boutique and art gallery hybrid—for a pop-up exhibition of The Soul of Philanthropy, in celebration of Black Philanthropy Month 2015.

Program with philanthropy panel discussion, book signing, etc. R.S.V.P. here. 

From BGB :: Amidst A Season of Change, Black Giving Matters

AUGUST IS BLACK PHILANTHROPY MONTH—an unprecedented coordinated initiative to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms.

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Entering its fifth year of observance, Black Philanthropy Month is designed as a multimedia campaign—online and within communities—to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. High-impact events, media stories, service projects and giving opportunities compose the annual campaign, which kicks off today, August 1. We’re amidst a season of change and ‪#‎blackgivingmatters‬.

Sponsors of BPM 2015 include: The Cleveland FoundationPOISE Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

Something On The Horizon

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In just one month, August arrives and global observances of Black Philanthropy Month begin!

Black Philanthropy Month (BPM 2015) is an unprecedented, coordinated initiative to strengthen African American and African-descent giving in all its forms.

News in 2015 seems an unrelenting series of tragedies, injustices and conflicts, mixed with a few moments and events that restore hope and resound as calls to action. This year, August can’t come soon enough.

My wish is that BPM 2015 provides us all with time to connect, celebrate, learn, reflect, renew, give and heed the call (whatever yours might be) amid a season of change and progress as “lovers of humankind”. In collaboration with Jackie Copeland-Carson of the Pan African Women’s Philanthropy Network, Tracey Webb of BlackGivesBack.com and others, I look forward to hearing about and amplifying STORIES of generosity, IDEAS for social change, LEADERSHIP on issues, SERVICE to others, DONATIONS to important causes AND MORE. 

Please follow our BPM Facebook page and our primary hashtags for Black Philanthropy Month: ‪#‎BPM2015‬ and ‪#‎blackgivingmatters‬. And if you’d like to have your city proclaim August as Black Philanthropy Month (like we did last year), please let me know and I’ll provide you with further info and a template.

#peoplegetready #seasonofchange #blackgivingmatters #bpm2015iscoming

— VF

From PhilanthropyNC :: Black giving aims to bridge philanthropy gap

BPM AUGUSTLY BANNER 625X125 (3)Here’s an article recently featured in Triangle Community Foundation’s newsletter in observance of Black Philanthropy Month during August.

Take a look at: Black Giving Aims To Bridge Philanthropy Gap

TCF was an early partner of Community Investment Network (where I now serve as interim Executive Director) when it was formed a decade ago. CIN is celebrating its 10th anniversary conference in Durham in October and TCF is a sponsor.

Many thanks to Lori O’Keefe and Veronica Hemmingway of TCF (@TriComFdn) and Todd Cohen of Philanthropy North Carolina (@philanthropync).

From BGB :: CIN Set To Mark A Decade of Impact Through Giving Circles

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Community Investment Network is approaching the start of its 10th anniversary conference in Durham, October 2-5. Leading participants in the three-day conference are shown above and listed below.

Read more at on BlackGivesBack.com: Community Investment Network Set To Mark A Decade of Impact Through Giving Circles. And then register to attend!

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From BGB :: ‘What’s Community Got To Do With It?’ A Civic Engagement Forum in Observance of Black Philanthropy Month

Floating somewhere on Cloud 8.7 is where I’ve landed one week after NGAAP-Charlotte’s BPM 2014: Forum For Civic Leadership.

Here’s a link to a recap and photos on BlackGivesBack.com:

‘What’s Community Got To Do With It?’ A Civic Engagement Forum in Observance of Black Philanthropy Month

NGAAP Presents - A Conversation with Dr Emmett D Carson 8-5-14Barely ever happier.

— VF

From BGB :: #BPM2014 Generosity At Home and Around The Globe

In case it slipped your mind: August IS Black Philanthropy Month!

Read more about what’s happening and what you can do at BlackGivesBack.com . . .

Black Philanthropy Month 2014: Generosity At Home and Around The Globe

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Proclaimed!

The Honorable Daniel Clodfelter, Mayor of Charlotte, has proclaimed August 2014 as Black Philanthropy Month!

At Tuesday’s BPM 2014 :: Forum For Civic Leadership, City Councilman David Howard opened the event by reading the City of Charlotte’s proclamation. And I’m proud to share it with you. If the version below proves illegible, you can also access it via this link: City of Charlotte BPM Proclamation.

Though not a public official, I’ll seize the occasion to call upon ALL public officials; givers of the luminary and everyday variety; professionals and volunteers from the philanthropic and nonprofit realm; faith-based congregants; the young and the forever young-hearted; and all the people of Charlotte and beyond:

  • To observe this month,
  • To celebrate the cultural richness and philanthropic spirit of our community, and
  • To recognize the vital role generosity plays in ensuring a healthy, safe and prosperous community in which to live, work and flourish.

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Black Philanthropy Month. August…and giving augustly, year-round!