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August 13, 2015

Foundation Hopes to Change Image of Black Philanthropy

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette describes the Poise Foundation's work to change the narrative surrounding black philanthropy during August, which is Black Philanthropy Month.

The Foundation organized a Twitter chat on Thursday to push back against stereotypes that African-Americans are typically recipients of philanthropy and that giving is reserved for celebrities and the ultra-wealthy. The chat will feature individuals who have raised modest amounts of money or who have supported black causes through business and volunteer activities.

“For centuries, we had to create our own institutions of giving for civil rights and for black universities,” says Valaida Fullwood, an author, consultant, and recent visiting lecturer at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “Now we have access to many institutions and tools that some weren’t aware of or weren’t in our scope because our parents didn’t have a fund at a community foundation or they didn’t follow mainstream philanthropy.”