What is Black Philanthropy Month?
Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), held every August, was created in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland and the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network as an annual global celebration of African-descent giving. BPM culminates with a giving day on August 28 initiated by Young, Black and Giving Back Institute to promote financial support for Black-led and Black-benefiting grassroots organizations. Hear a special message recorded by Dr. Copeland for Charlotte here.
What is #BPM2021CLT?
#BPM2021CLT is a collaborative initiative led by NGAAP Charlotte, to observe BPM and celebrate Black giving and advocate racial funding equity in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Throughout August, #BPM2021CLT will encourage and promote community-wide participation by:
- Illuminating fresh stories on Charlotte’s Black-led, Black-benefitting nonprofits, profiling who they are and why they matter
- Engaging community members and nonprofit leaders with a variety of virtual events to heighten awareness and make connections
- Channeling donation dollars and match resources to benefit Black-led nonprofits
- Culminating the month-long campaign with a concerted giving day on August 28 called “CLT Gives Black”. Learn more about the significance of August 28 here.
The concept began taking form in 2019 as a part of The Bold Project, which is an NGAAP initiative with Black organizations leading differently. The Bold Project aims to pave a new path, break down barriers and elevate Black leadership in Charlotte’s nonprofit and philanthropic realm.
Recognizing the importance of racial equity, cultural competence and representation, and being proximate to communities served, #BPM2021CLT aims to strengthen nonprofits that identify as follows:
- Black-led: 50 percent or more of staff leadership and/or board members identify as Black or African American
- Black-benefitting: 50 percent or more of population served identifies as Black or African American
New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP) is a philanthropic collective that values preserving culture, building community and sharpening philanthropy’s social impact for racial equity and equality.
The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Charlotte promotes interaction among the nine historically Black Greek-letter sororities and fraternities, known collectively as “The Divine Nine.”
My Brother’s Keeper Charlotte (MBK-CLT MECK) is committed to improving outcomes for boys and young men of color by serving as the backbone organization of a collective impact effort.
YMCA of Greater Charlotte brings people together, from all backgrounds and circumstances, to create connections that transform lives and community.
SHARE Charlotte works to build a better Charlotte by empowering nonprofits and helping people invest in their communities in ways that matter most to them.
Refer below for the roster of members forming the #BPM2021CLT Organizing Collaborative.
How You Can Participate
Participating stakeholders (organizations and individuals) are asked to commit to at least one of the following:
- Contribute dollars—make a grant, give a donation or pledge support to one or more participating Black-led nonprofits
- Pledge challenge or match resources for nonprofits (cash, gift cards or other in-kind services) as incentive to drive individual donations
- Mobilize resources (e.g. supplies, technology, board members, volunteers) in response to expressed needs and requests of participating Black-led nonprofits
- Learn more about local social, economic and power disparities and advocate for racial equity (resources will be available on NGAAP website)
- Read and listen to the firsthand stories from Black nonprofit leaders to gain wider knowledge, deeper understanding of their challenges and causes
- Be a promotional partner and share BPM content through your communications channels – we will provide a brief marketing toolkit with graphics and hashtags.
- See the growing list of promotional partners -at the bottom of this page!
Join us for BPM 2021 Events
- July 28 – Virtual Happy Hour, Networking and Prep Session : Specifically for Black-led and Black-benefitting nonprofits
- August 3 – BPM 2021 Making Equity Real Global Summit Series: Celebrate a Decade of Black Philanthropy Month at the kickoff event of BPM’s Global Summit Series, with featured speaker Ford Foundation President Darren Walker.
- August 11 – Virtual Funder and Nonprofit Networking Event: For any corporate partner, donor, foundation to meet nonprofits and build relationships with Charlotte’s black-led nonprofit community.
- August 28 – CLT Gives Black, more details on this giving day to come
Participating Nonprofits can be found here.
NOTE: If you are a Black-led and Black-benefiting organization serving Mecklenburg County that would like to learn more, contact Valaida Fullwood of NGAAP Charlotte (email@example.com).
#SpotlightOnCLT Black Philanthropy Month Content Series
#SpotlightOnCLT BPM is a content series presented by TIAA that helps to promote the stories of our Black-led and Black-benfitting non profit partners, to help create a more informed, compassionate and engaged city.
Members of the #BPM2021CLT Organizing Collaborative
Ron Ancrum, NGAAP
Renee Bradford, NGAAP
Julie Campbell, SHARE
Michael Devaul, MBK
Ed Franklin, NGAAP
Valaida Fullwood, NGAAP
Melissa Hovey, SHARE
Caroline Miller, SHARE
Dwayne Keeling, NPHC
Debbie Smith, YMCA
Lisa Schlachter, YMCA
Sarah Taylor, SHARE
Don Thomas, MBK
Adrienne Threatt, NGAAP