Entering its fourth year of observance, Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (BPM 2014) stands as an unprecedented coordinated initiative to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms. High-impact events, media stories, service projects and giving opportunities characterize the month‐long campaign.
“Each year August gives our diverse communities an opportunity to celebrate and renew their rich, shared traditions of giving, self-help and innovation throughout the U.S. and the world,” says Dr. Jackie Copeland- Carson, founder of Black Philanthropy Month.
Self-organized events, community conversations, charitable drives and fundraising in recognition of the occasion are examples of how the public can participate. With a base of activities in place, primary goals of the campaign are to inspire people to improve their communities locally and globally, give back in smarter and more strategic ways and transform people’s lives for the better.
All people of African ancestry and their allied brothers and sisters are encouraged to take August and beyond to promote the power of giving to transform lives.
In the United States, special gatherings and initiatives are taking place. In Dallas, Texas Southern University National Alumni Conference opened on August 1 with a panel, convened and facilitated by Tom Joyner Foundation, that calls for a new philanthropy paradigm at HBCUs.
In Charlotte, Dr. Emmett Carson, a luminary in the field of philanthropy, will deliver a talk at the Forum For Civic Leadership, hosted by New Generation of African American Philanthropists. From Martha’s Vineyard to Denver to Pittsburgh, plans are underway to observe the month.
“We witnessed first hand,with last year’s BPM celebrations, the power of print, broadcast and digital media in
strengthening Black philanthropy’s voice and intensifying its impact for new times,” states Tracey Webb, founder of BlackGivesBack.com, BPM’s media hub.
BPM also aims to expand the ways that people give. Fund-raising efforts and community drives to be mounted and publicized in August include Black Gives Back to School (school supplies, clothes and service) and the Community Investment Network 2014 National Conference (giving circles and collective giving).