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Meet the Black woman who has fed thousands for free on thanksgiving for almost 40 years | Yen

Kind-hearted Janet Easley has been serving Thanksgiving dinner to thousands of needy people in central Indiana every holiday for the last 38 years. Indianapublicmedia.org writes that Janet Easley has welcomed everyone to the Turner Family Thanksgiving Meal, which will be held at three locations across Indianapolis in 2019. Easley has invited everybody including children and parents especially single parents going through hard times. She will be serving “Turkey, potatoes or mashed potatoes, corn and green beans. Thus any sober assessment of this history must conclude that the present objections to cancel culture are not so much concerned with the weapon, […]

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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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Could black philanthropy help solve the black student debt crisis? | The Conversation

Mako Fitts Ward, The Conversation Left to Right: Jay-Z, Robert F. Smith and LeBron James. Featured Image billionaire Robert E. Smith decided to pay off the student loans of the graduating class of 2019 at Morehouse College, he suggested that others follow his lead. “Let’s make sure every class has the same opportunity going forward, because we are enough to take care of our own community,” Smith declared in his commencement speech. But is there even enough black private wealth in the United States to pay off all black student loan debt? As a scholar in social transformation and African […]

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Queen Latifah Is Developing $14 Million in Affordable Housing in Newark | The Root

Jay Connor, The Root Photo: Nino Muñoz. Featured Image conquering the entertainment industry, and leaving an indelible mark on music, film and television, multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah is looking to extend her reign by giving back to her hometown of Newark, N.J. Through her company BlueSugar Corporation, the 48-year-old will partner with GonSosa Development to develop $14 million in affording housing for residents of Brick City. The project is expected to break ground this summer. Cristina Pinzon, speaking on behalf for the developers involved, noted that both companies “understand how difficult it is to make ends meet for many residents and […]

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Moving From Generosity To Justice: A Conversation With The Ford Foundation President | 1a.org

1a.org Staff, 1a.org Foundation President Darren Walker says these words have been a guiding light in his approach to leading the philanthropy with a goal of tackling the root causes of inequality in society. Philanthropy is marvelous, but it must not cause the philanthropist to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice which make philanthropy necessary. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “On Being A Good Neighbor” We talk to Walker about his path from growing up poor in rural Texas to leading a foundation with a $13 billion endowment and $600 million in annual grantmaking. CLICK TO READ THE FULL […]

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