Celebrating Black Philanthropy
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.
The Power of Black Philanthropy: Inspiring People
"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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
Members of the Kimbro family created scholarships for Greater New Haven students to increase access to education and the opportunity for success.
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
"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.
Since 2004, supporting programs offered by new haven healthy start, new haven family alliance and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Ell Chapter
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.