Why People Give

Chicago Foundation for Women (CFW) offered an exploration into the reasons why people give, with a focus on giving by the Black community. Earlier this year, CFW released a report that explored giving by communities of color. CFW partnered with BECOME: Center for Community Engagement and Social Change to conduct a formative evaluation to determine…

The Power of Giving (National Roundtable)

Tune in for The Power of Giving, the culminating event of the “Black Philanthropy Month: Lunch & Learn Webinar Series“ presented by the Black Funders of St. Louis. On Saturday August 29th, I will join leaders from Black-led giving circles from across the United States to discuss the importance of philanthropy, the role of Black…

GoWomen

Defined in simplest terms, philanthropy means the love of humanity.

Everyday Givers

Black-led Giving Circles have inspired a movement and define what it means to democratize philanthropy

The Sweetness of Circles

The Sweetness of Circles is an important and timely opinion piece on the deep significance of Black-led giving circles and why we need more now. Visit the Medium account Black Giving 365 and join the conversation. “Unlike other communities of color and historically disenfranchised groups, for Black Americans giving circles affirm an African legacy. Contributions from…

Meet The South Side Queenmakers

More than 30 women have teamed up to to invest in Black Women and Girls in Chicago. The initiative is called QUEENMAKERS: Power Transformation for Black Girls from the South Side Giving Circle at the Chicago Foundation for Women. 

International Fellows Program Alumni Conference

Cheers to a successful International Fellows Program Alumni Conference! The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the Graduate Center, City University of New York International Fellows Program Alumni in Milan, Italy

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…

August 28, 2013 – August 28, 2020

Late in the summer of 2013, I was approached to write a guest post for the blog of Alliance for Justice’s Bolder Advocacy Initiative about Black Philanthropy Month. The project is devoted to encouraging funders to support groups working for social change. My task was to identify some key advocacy and organizing issues of particular…

Case Study: Together We Give

“In today’s world where individual giving often means writing a check, giving circles offer a more participatory form of grantmaking” – GRANTCRAFT a service of Foundation Center Developed as part of a series of stories shared through the Pittsburgh Philanthropy Project, Together We Give is a case study featuring Sankofa Fund of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  The study…