Celebrating Black Philanthropy

Last Thursday, Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy (BABIP) hosted a gala to celebrate black philanthropy and held a conference called “State of the Race:  Investing in the Black Community”.

Emmett Carson, the CEO and President of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, described the gala as a “simply phenomenal” event to celebrate Black philanthropists who are “making it happen in our communities today.”  At the gala, nine individuals and organizations were presented with the 2010 BABIP Community Impact Awards in recognition of their significant social impact in black communities.

2010 Community Impact Awardees included:

  • Legacy – Warren Wilson, Barrios Trust
  • Private Foundation – Akonadi Foundation
  • Catalyst – Deborah Santana
  • Inspiring Entrepreneur – Michael Le Blanc
  • Community Service Organizations – 100 Black Men – Bay Area Chapter;  100 Black Women – Bay Area Chapter;  Links, Inc. – Alameda Contra Costa Chapter
  • Scholarships – Vintage Foster, Bay Area Leadership Foundation
  • Sports Role Models – Vida Blue, Major League Baseball All Star; Thomas Howard and Nnamdi Asomugha,  Oakland Raiders
  • Visionaries – Ken & Caretha Coleman
  • Trustee – Hugh Burroughs

The State of the Race Conference highlighted a report by Urban Strategies Council entitled State of Bay Area Blacks: A Look at Black Population Trends in the Bay Area, Part I, which analyzed the demographics of African Americans in the Bay Area and shifts which have occurred in the areas of income, education, health, economic development, and crime and incarceration.  The conference was a stimulating balance of conversations about the problems facing our Black communities and cross-sector conversations about potential solutions to these problems.  It’s encouraging that we have so many Bay Area folks, particularly African-Americans, working to build Black communities at the individual, local, regional, policy, and system levels.  I look forward to future events sponsored by BABIP, and I hope the momentum started by the conference continues with efforts to highlight black philanthropy and to bring the spotlight to the needs of the African-Americans in the Bay Area.

Image source: BABIP website

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