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), 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 that aims to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms.
A new organizing concept frames the BPM campaign each year. The theme for 2021 is “TENacity: Making Equity Real."
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 and Twitter.
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. (rescheduled from August 11)
08/20/20 - Donor Briefing Recap: Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month
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.
Black Philanthropy Month: Foundation Fund Features
Est. 2020 by Dr. Cheryl Hamilton.
Est. 2021 by Don C. Sawyer III, PhD
Est. 2020 by Erik Clemons.
"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.
for African American students pursuing higher education
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
Deborah Highsmith's family wanted to celebrate her life as a caring and dedicated person. In her memory, a scholarship fund was established for New Haven students.