On The Table with Chicago Community Trust


I am grateful for last week’s On the Table discussion for providing me a warm and inspirational introduction to Chicago philanthropy. Listening to my host, Mary Richardson Lowry and fellow participants share what philanthropy means and has the power to do, … Continue reading

C.S. Mott Foundation and the Fellowship Experience


From the BlackGivesBack Facebook page:

“We’re proud of BGB contributor Akira Barclay, a 2012 Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society International Fellow! Her research topic focused on the evolution of Black giving circles and community foundations.

She shared, “I will continue to use my position as a thought leader in the field to promote the importance of community foundations, place-based giving and the inclusion of people of color in philanthropy.”

Learn more about Akira’s fellowship experience via the C.S. Mott Foundation: http://cf100.mott.org/case-studies/new-york


COF Fall 2014 Conference for Community Foundations #CF100

Global Perspectives for Local Action – Next week I will join Anderson Giovani da Silva, CEO, ICom – Instituto Comunitario Grande Florianopolis for a panel discussion about community philanthropy experiences and strategies from global practice.  I look forward to sharing how giving circles are strengthening the work of community philanthropy.

The Resurgence of African American Male Philanthropists: Reggie Gordon at TEDxRVA

“When we present a check to an agency that is serving young Black boys, we want them to see us and we want them to feel when I grow up I want to be a philanthropist too”

– Reggie Gordon, The Ujima Legacy Fund

The Value of Giving Circles in the Evolution of Community Philanthropy (Full Text)


The Value of Giving Circles in the Evolution of Community Philanthropy: How community-based philanthropy can be strengthened by forging a bond between community foundations and Black giving circles in the United States is being featured in the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s spotlight on community foundations.

Visit the website for the full text and other research by Center Fellows on community foundations (and community philanthropy) around the globe.

The Value of Giving Circles in the Evolution of Community Philanthropy

CPCS Philanthropy

The Value of Giving Circles in the Evolution of Community Philanthropy, the final research paper from my time in the 2012 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program is now available from the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. I regard my time as a Fellow as one of the richest learning experiences of my life and one that has truly helped shape my career.

Applications for the 2014 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program and U.S. Diversity Fellowship are being accepted until June 13, 2014.

African American men uniting to support community nonprofit organizations


Sharing the good news about a successful giving circle in Richmond, VA – The Ujima Legacy Fund!

Originally posted on FUNdraising Good Times:

Part two of a two part series. Read part one here

African American philanthropyAfrican American men are pooling their money to create positive community change. The Ujima Legacy Fund brings together men who invest $1,100 and collectively increase their impact. Founder Reginald Gordon shares a few details so you can create a fund in your community. We pick up our interview with Gordon with a discussion about grantmaking.

“Once we have reviewed all of the applications, a representative group of Ujima men go visit the site of the most compelling applicants,” Gordon shared. “The next step is for those applicants to make a presentation to the entire membership. After the membership has heard from each of the top applicants, then the members vote. The agency with the most votes is awarded the grant. Last year, we gave $20,000 to Partnership for the Future (www.partnershipforthefuture.org). This year Ujima received proposals for…

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Global Fellowship

Originally posted on valaida:

Feeling immense thanks to fellow BGB contributor Akira Barclay for this email message and photo, which made my day.

Hi Valaida!

I hope you are well. I just wanted to share how Giving Back is reaching an exciting audience and making an impact on how we learn and practice philanthropy.

As you may know, I completed the 2012 Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program last year where my research project “The Value of Giving Circles in the Evolution of Community Philanthropy” referenced Giving Back. During the presentation of my research, I showed my copy of Giving Back and my peer Fellows and the Program administrators were very impressed.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to speak with the new cohort of Fellows about collective giving and giving circles. I thought it was the perfect time to present my gift copy of Giving Back (the one you signed). Needless to say…

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