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.

Celebrate the 2023 Black Philanthropy Month theme, "love in action." This August, consider what love in action means to you, your family, communities, and networks. We invite you to join us, reflect upon these questions, and consider what love in action means for students, alumni, faculty, and staff at Indiana University.

Black Philanthropy Month: Why Embrace It?

In 2012, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation released a study titled “Cultures of Giving: Energizing and Expanding Philanthropy by and for Communities of Colors,” acknowledging not only the long history of giving but also finding that African Americans give a larger share of their income to charities than any other group.

Read the full story Black Philanthropy Month: Why Embrace It? by Joyce Q. Rogers, Executive Vice President for Development, 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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In July of 2020, Indiana State Governor Eric Holcomb proclaimed August as Black Philanthropy Month in the state of Indiana. The Proclamation reads:

  • Whereas, Dr. Jacqueline Bouvier Copeland of Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet) established the month of August as Black Philanthropy Month in 2011 with recognition by the United Nations as part of its Declaration of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent; and
  • Whereas, Black Philanthropy Month is an annual, global celebration of African-descent giving in all its forms; and
  • Whereas, the month-long observance invites all people to take August and beyond to promote the power of giving to transform lives; and
  • Black communities have vested reasons to celebrate and renew their rich, shared traditions of giving, self-help, and innovation throughout the U.S. and the world; and
  • Whereas, an extraordinary legacy of philanthropy and ongoing achievement in philanthropy merit a concerted effort to lift up important stories, spotlight good work, educate the generations and inspire giving; and
  • Whereas, understanding and generosity are instrumental to improving social, educational, economic, and health outcomes in Black communities,
  • Now, therefore, I, Eric Holcomb, Governor of the State of Indiana, do hereby proclaim the month of August 2020 as Black Philanthropy Month.
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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Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Lacy and Patricia Johnson

Lacy M. Johnson

Founding Member, Black Philanthropy Circle

The truest measure of our humanity happens when we create opportunities for other people we may never meet.

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Rose Mays and Kristin Mays-Corbitt

Rose Cole Mays and Kristin Mays-Corbitt

Founding Members, Black Philanthropy Circle

...making sure that others have the same opportunities...

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Robert Johnson

Founding Member, Black Philanthropy Circle

Carrying out philanthropy's promise every day.

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