Promising Scholars Fund
Promising Scholars Fund with previous award recipients.

August is Black Philanthropy Month and The Community Foundation is recognizing and celebrating local giving by philanthropists and community leaders in our region. Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) is an annual global celebration of African-descent giving that aims to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms.

The theme for 2024 is “Afro-Futures of Giving."

Learn more about the inspiring donors and organizations that demonstrate the power of Black Philanthropy in Greater New Haven through the Fund stories below and throughout August by following #TCFRecognizes on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Upcoming Event

08/01/24 - Celebrating Black Philanthropy in Connecticut: Intergenerational Approaches to Social Action
A virtual conversation with Bernicestine and Harold Bailey, Vicki Gallon-Clark, Christopher R. Cloud, Tai Richardson, and Ratasha Smith, moderated by Dr. Leon Bailey Jr. Presented in partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and The Prosperity Foundation. LEARN MORE

A celebration of The Vineyard Project on Oak Bluffs, MA in 2023. CREDIT: NICOLE NUNEZ

The Vineyard Project in New Haven

The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven launched The Vineyard Project In New Haven in July 2022 to celebrate the strength and excellence of the Black community. 

The Vineyard Project In New Haven aims to recognize and amplify the vibrant Black history and culture in our local community. LEARN MORE

Phenomenal I Am, a youth empowerment program, is one of the Black-led organizations supported by the Black Futures Fund.

Black Futures Fund

The Black Futures Fund was created by The Community Foundation's Board of Directors to advance racial equity in Greater New Haven and to tackle the structures that contribute to racial disparities in our community. The events of 2020 underscored and revealed the depths of these challenges and the need for a sustained commitment to prioritizing racial equity. LEARN MORE

Credit: Kathleen Cei

New Haven Healthy Start

New Haven Healthy Start (NHHS) helps ensure the birth of healthy babies with a continuum of services to pregnant women, recent mothers, fathers and their infants. 

Founded in 1997 as a program of The Community Foundation, NHHS is supported by a federal grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health. LEARN MORE

Black Philanthropy Month: Foundation Fund Features


Claudia and James Barber Legacy Fund for New Haven Youth ›

Est. 2022 by Coach Barber's former track and field athletes.

The Christopher and Mary Hamilton Fund ›

Est. 2020 by Dr. Cheryl Hamilton

Projects2PhD Fund ›

Est. 2021 by Don C. Sawyer III, PhD

Sharon M. Clemons "Butterflies" Fund ›

Est. 2020 by Erik Clemons

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.

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.

Johnnie and Thelma Mouning Memorial Scholarship Fund ›

For books and other educational supplies to a graduating high school senior from Hillhouse High and North Branford High who intends to major in Science or in the Performance or Visual Arts at a 4-year college

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.

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 ›

One generation mentors the next, helping high achieving and community-driven Black students from area high schools succeed in education and life.

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.

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

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.

Healthy Start Male Involvement Endowment Fund ›

Since 2004, supporting programs offered by New Haven Healthy Start, Urban Community Alliance and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Ell Chapter

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Partner Highlight: The Prosperity Foundation

BPM Past Events

08/02/23 - Celebrating Black Philanthropy: Love in Action
(RECORDED) A virtual conversation with Erik Clemons, Dr. Chaka Felder-McEntire, Ashley Hampton and Andréa Hawkins, moderated by Dr. Leon Bailey Jr. Presented in partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and The Prosperity Foundation.

08/24/22 - Celebrating Black Philanthropy: Connecticut’s Community Giving
(RECORDED) A virtual conversation with philanthropists from across the state of Connecticut, presented in partnership with The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation and The Prosperity Foundation.

08/25/21 - Black Philanthropy: Past, Present and Future Opportunities
(RECORDED) A virtual conversation with Asalyn Coachman, Financial Advisor at Financial Architects, Inc. Presented in partnership with The Prosperity Foundation, the Connecticut Community Foundation and the Waterbury Black Giving Circle.

08/20/20 - Donor Briefing Recap: Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month 
(RECORDED) Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland shared her inspiring journey to found and co-create Black Philanthropy Month, a global campaign observed every August that celebrates and elevates the rich giving traditions of all African-decedent people.