Black Philanthropy Month

Black Philanthropy Month at IU

Recognized annually in August, Black Philanthropy Month is a global celebration of Black American gift-giving in the form of time, talent, and treasure.

Stories of the strength in giving to achieve common causes and to support families, friends, and religious institutions in the Black community are highlighted during this month to showcase the efforts of Black philanthropists to give in some of the most amazing ways. It is a fact that minority communities do not have the same level of disposable income as the majority. However, this fact has not and should not discourage Blacks from giving and being part of the support needed for positive impact.

Read the full story Black Philanthropy Month: Why Embrace It? by Joyce Q. Rogers, Vice President for Development and External Relations for OVPDEMA, IU Foundation

August Proclaimed Black Philanthropy Month in the State of Indiana

As part of its work to create more opportunities for Black communities, the Indiana University Black Philanthropy Circle requested and received a proclamation from Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, officially designating August as Black Philanthropy Month in Indiana. In honor of Black Philanthropy Month's official recognition, consider partnering with us in building tomorrow's leaders, enhancing research and academic engagement about identity-based giving practices, and fostering donor engagement.

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We are thrilled and believe it is especially important this year to demonstrate support and solidarity," said Valaida Fullwood, Black Philanthropy Month co-architect. "We hope that other states, cities, and corporations and organizations will follow Indiana's lead and join this important cause.

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I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

Maya Angelou

Black Philanthropy at Work

Black Philanthropy Circle pledges $150,000

In February 2019, the IU Black Philanthropy Circle pledged $150,000 to the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy. The goal has been met and the commitment to the Mays Institute will be fulfilled in the 2021 fiscal year.

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IU's Black Philanthropy Circle

Diverse philanthropy is one of the most powerful tools we have in supporting historically underserved communities. Indiana University's Black Philanthropy Circle, the first of its kind, is the perfect reflection of this spirit. By gathering a group of passionate individuals from across IU, the Black Philanthropy Circle is dedicated to one central goal: helping Black students, faculty, and staff succeed at IU.

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WFHB Interview

In this edition of Bring It On! focuses on Black Philanthropy Month (BPM). BPM is held every August and was created in August 2011 by Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland and the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet) as an annual, global celebration of African-descent giving. Hosts Clarence Boone and Roberta Radovich discuss Black Philanthropy Month with Ms. Valaidia Fulwood, Professor Tyrone McKinley Freeman, and Mr. Tom Harmon.

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