Black Philanthropy Month 2016: Elevate Our Culture of Giving

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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.

Thank you,

#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

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.

READ THE FULL REPORT

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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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