Get in the Know: What, Why, Who, and More!

What is Black Philanthropy Month (BPM)

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.  

Learn about NGAAP‘s role in elevating Black philanthropy as well as the evolution and expansion of monthlong BPM celebrations worldwide.

What is #BPM2022CLT

#BPM2022CLT is a collaborative initiative led by NGAAP Charlotte, to observe BPM, celebrate Black giving, and advocate racial funding equity in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Throughout August, #BPM2022CLT will encourage and promote community-wide participation that:

  • Illuminates fresh stories from Black founders and Black leaders of nonprofits that serve our communities, sharing who they are and why they matter
  • Engages community members and nonprofit leaders with a variety of virtual and in-person events to heighten awareness and make connections
  • Channels financial contributions and matching dollars to benefit nonprofits with Black founders and Black leadership
  • Culminates the monthlong campaign with a concerted giving day on August 28 called “CLT Gives Black”. Learn more about the significance of August 28 here

Why #BPM2022CLT

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 the vision and voices of Black leaders in Charlotte’s nonprofit and philanthropic realm.

Recognizing the importance of cultural competence and representation, being proximate to communities served, and leveling the playing field in philanthropy, our efforts aim to strengthen nonprofits that identify as follows:

  • Black-founded: established by a person or people who identify as Black or African American 
  • 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

Who: 2022 Project Organizers

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.

AFP Charlotte, with over 300 members, brings together professional development, networking, personal growth and ethical practices to better our vital nonprofit community through philanthropy.

Friendship Missionary Baptist Church is a mission and ministry-driven church; preaching, teaching, worshipping, caring, sharing, growing, and giving service through community outreach.

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture presents, preserves and celebrates excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans and people of African descent.

QCity Metro provides news, information and commentary from a Black perspective.

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.

Join Our BPM 2022 Events

  • Wed, July 20 (10:00-11:00 am)  | #BPM2022CLT Networking x Prep Session: Specifically for Black-founded, Black-led and/or Black-benefitting nonprofits to foster further connections and prepare for maximizing each organization’s presence, knowledge and donor cultivation during August [virtual] • NGAAP with SHARE Charlotte
  • Wed, Aug 3 (11:00 am-3:00 pm) | BPM 2022 Global Kickoff – Fierce Urgency of Now: From Dream to Action [virtual]
  • Thu, Aug 11 (3:00-5:00 pm, followed by reception) | Funder x Nonprofit Networking Forum, featuring Nathaniel Chioke Williams, PhD of Hill-Snowdon Foundation [in-person], Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC • NGAAP with SHARE Charlotte
  • Fri, Aug 26 – Sun, Aug 28  | CLT Gives Black-Weekend Edition, concerted community-wide giving to identifiably Black nonprofit organizations serving the Charlotte-Mecklenburg community [hybrid] Get your give on!
  • Tue, Aug 30 (6:00-8:30 pm) | ‘If We Had Not Loved Each Other…’: Madam C.J. Walker and the Past, Present and Future of Black Generosity [in-person] Author Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Ph.D. will lead a book-talk exploration of the historical roots of African American philanthropy and its power and impact today. This program includes a reception, book talk and book signing for Madam C. J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow, Gantt Center, 551 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC • NGAAP with Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture

Refer to SHARE Charlotte for a listing of many of the Black-led, Black-benefitting nonprofits in Charlotte-Mecklenburg  here.  

NOTE: If you are a Black-founded, Black-founded or Black-led organization benefitting Black communities in Mecklenburg County that would like to learn more, contact Valaida Fullwood of NGAAP (ngaap.charlotte@gmail.com). 

Promotional Partners

Become a promotional partner, joining our growing list below! Share #BPM2022CLT content and/or your own relevant BPM features through your communications channels.

Be sure to use the #BPM2022CLT hashtag with posts throughout August.

List as of 7/29