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Robert Smith, Slayer of Student Debt at Morehouse College | Bloomberg Businessweek

In May, he pledged to pay off $34 million of loans for its graduating class. His commencement address in May offered the usual inspirational platitudes and advice to serve the common good. But then Smith—whose personal worth is about $6 billion, according to Bloomberg data, which makes him the wealthiest black American—followed up with something no one expected. “On behalf of eight generations of my family that have been in this country, we’re gonna put a little fuel in your bus,” he said. “This is the challenge to you, alumni. This is my class—2019. And my family is making a […]

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Serena Williams Builds Schools in Jamaica, Africa | Black Press USA

While many deep-pocketed philanthropists and celebrities will write checks to support worthy causes, Tennis megastar Serena Williams routinely goes the extra mile. In a recently released video, Williams donned a pair of jeans, workboats, a hardhat and went to work on Salt Marsh Elementary School in Trelawny Parish, Jamaica. Williams, who has won a total of 39 Tennis Grand Slams – including Doubles titles, has also built grade schools in Uganda, Kenya, and Zimbabwe. Williams built the Marsh Elementary through a partnership with the nonprofit Helping Hands Jamaica, while the schools in Africa were in conjunction with Build Africa. Stacy […]

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‘Seeing doers doing’: A reflection on reshaping black philanthropy | IUPUI

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 […]

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‘Soul of Philanthropy’: learning to be a philanthropist in different ways | Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Abby Rolland, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis n 2012, six couples in Columbus, Indiana began the African American Fund of Bartholomew County (AAFBC). As part of Heritage Fund—The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County, the AAFBC sponsors discussions and issues grants in five focus areas: health awareness, education, arts and culture, economic/career development, and leadership development. “We wanted to support events and programs that help raise awareness about African-Americans and their contributions to the local community,” explained Tom Harmon, CEO of Harmon Group Companies, which includes Harmon Construction, Harmon Steel, and Taylor Bros Construction Inc. “For example, we’ve collaborated with […]

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