Celebrating Black Philanthropy

Celebrating Black Philanthropy 

90 Years

August is Black Philanthropy Month. The Community Foundation is celebrating local giving through a collection of stories that highlight Black Philanthropy in our region. Black Philanthropy Month, created in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland and the Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network, is an annual, global celebration of African-descent giving. This year's theme, "Let’s Make History" aims to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms. Learn more about our inspiring donors and organizations that demonstrate the power of Black Philanthropy in Greater New Haven throughout August by following #TCFCelebratesBlackPhilanthropy on Facebook and Twitter

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The Power of Black Philanthropy: Inspiring People 


2 Scholarships, 1 Inspirational Family »


Members of the Kimbro family created scholarships for Greater New Haven students to increase access to education and the opportunity for success.

Highsmith Memorial Scholarship Fund »


When Deborah Highsmith passed away, her family wanted to celebrate her life as a caring and dedicated person. In her memory, a scholarship fund was established for New Haven students.

Saulsbury Fund Supports Rising Musicians »


Robert Saulsbury transferred his father’s private foundation to The Community Foundation in 2001. The reason? To ensure the continued growth of the scholarship bearing his father’s name. Today, the Curtis M. Saulsbury Scholarship Fund provides young people the opportunity to obtain an education in music.

Promising Scholars Fund »


"We really want to establish legacies when it comes to contributing to the growth of American society, most specifically, the growth and advancement of people who look like us."

A Champion of the "Little People" »


Ilene Saulsbury was a passionate supporter of our community until her death in 2015. Her inspiring legacy lives on in perpetuity through the fund she established at The Community Foundation.

Honoring a Legacy of Learning »


“I wanted to really honor my dad and the sacrifices he made to get his own education so he could provide us with a better life." Bishop Family Fund est. 2005 by Susan Whetstone.

ECHORN Hurricane Relief Fund »


Est. 2017 to rebuild social services support for millions of affected Caribbean people.

Washington Walker Family Fund »


In 2017, Jolyn Walker decided to take her annual giving activity a step further by establishing the Washington Walker Family Fund to support local organizations that she and her late husband, Judge, cared about. Her donor advised fund is named, in part, for her father, who taught his children about being community-minded.

Dr. Leon Bailey Jr. Fund »


“My donor advised fund lets me invest in the people and place where I live.” Dr. Leon Bailey Jr. Fund, est. 2017 by Dr. Leon Bailey Jr.

BlackNHV Fund »


"I want those who have had success in the city, to support the fund to help those who just need a little bit more help": BlackNHV Fund est. 2017 by Ratasha Smith.

Delta Sigma Theta New Haven Alumnae Scholarship Fund »


Established in 2006 by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority New Haven Chapter, this fund provides scholarships to African American graduating high school seniors in Greater New Haven

Healthy Start Male Involvement Endowment Fund »


Since 2004, supporting programs offered by new haven healthy start, new haven family alliance and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Ell Chapter



The Power of Black Philanthropy: Inspiring Stories

She Gave Her House To Help the Poor »


Donation by 19th-Century African American Seamstress and Anti-Slavery Activist creates a home for poor women that continues today.

Teaching skills and transforming lives »


ConnCat is helping students with employment barriers gain the skills and confidence they need to succeed.

Clearing the Hurdles to Higher Ed »


Higher Heights has helped more than 1,000 minority and low-income students from New Haven prepare for college. It is now bringing its model to school districts around the state.

New Center in the Hill Offers Access to Resources »


A food pantry, emergency shelter, transitional housing and work skills programs, are just some of the services Christian Community Action provides the people of New Haven

Action and Advocacy for a Prosperous Community »


Community Action Agency of New Haven is collaborating with other agencies in our community and advocating for support statewide.


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