Where are African American philanthropists giving their resources, and why are they donating to specific causes? What will the future of giving in the African American community look like? Bachelor’s degree student David Johnson reflects on a Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy panel event featuring six African American panelists working in various ways to reshape black philanthropy.
The Mays panel was a very refreshing event! Seeing people that are active in the community, especially the black community, is inspiring and uplifting. I am so proud to be a part of a school that supports such work!
I found that the panel was very structured, and the moderator, Dr. Una Osili, did an outstanding job keeping the panel on topic and continuously talking about key aspects of the community, such as access to education and direct impact initiatives. The panelists were very well established and in different points in their careers, which gave them good perspectives to share.
I liked how each of the panelists had their own voice and thoughts of how the black community could grow, including focusing on programs like financial literacy, strategic economic plans, and food desert solutions. Those thoughts were well understood and were clearly identified. It appears that many of the panelists were aware, knowledgeable, and capable of tackling these issues, and on a daily basis are actively pushing themselves to find appropriate solutions and put them into action.