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#SpotlightOnCLT: Black Philanthropy Month

Written by Nicole Copsis    on August 1, 2020    in

In late 2019 our SHARE Charlotte team began planning our themed Spotlight content for the upcoming year, and we knew we wanted to feature Black Philanthropy Month in August. However, as we looked around the room at our six white faces we realized that while we had the platform and the channels to host a big conversation, it was obvious that a celebration of Black Philanthropy Month was not ours to lead. We knew it would be inauthentic without the perspective, leadership and voices of Black community leaders and philanthropists. 

A great friend of SHARE (and to the entire Charlotte community), Michael DeVaul with the YMCA of Greater Charlotte, offered to help us meaningfully connect with local leaders who he identified as voices needed at the table. One in particular was author, local philanthropist and co-founding member of NGAAP Charlotte member, Valaida Fullwood. That introduction began a journey, which led to a partnership and inevitably a friendship as we explored together how best to celebrate Black Philanthropy Month here in Charlotte. Through Michael and Valaida’s shared networks, a collaboration between influential Black leaders and our SHARE Charlotte team began. 

And finally - August is here!  We are honored to help champion this NGAAP- led conversation and celebration of #BPM2020CLT- Charlotte’s local celebration of Black Philanthropy Month, alongside other organizing partners The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Charlotte , My Brother’s Keeper Charlotte-Mecklenburg (MBK-CLT MECK) and the YMCA of Greater Charlotte

What is Black Philanthropy Month? 

Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), held every August, was created in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland and the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network as an annual global celebration of African-descent giving.  BPM culminates with a giving day on August 28 initiated by Young, Black and Giving Back Institute to promote financial support for Black-led and Black-benefiting grassroots organizations. 

SHARE Charlotte’s Role in #BPM2020CLT?

Throughout the month of August we will be dedicating all our content and social media channels, as well as leveraging our community, corporate and media partnerships, to help celebrate and encourage Black philanthropy.

Specifically, our monthly #SpotlightOnCLT will illuminate the work of our 80+ Black-led, Black-benefitting nonprofit partners and feature stories that will educate our community about the racial inequities that exist - even in philanthropy - as well as highlight the importance of supporting Black-led organizations.

***Additionally, thanks to the generosity of our #SpotlightOnCLT presenting partner the Amy and Brian France Foundation, we get to give away $5K to one of our nonprofit partners listed below - determined by YOUR VOTE!***

In March, we read something written by one of our Black-led nonprofit partners that really resonated with our team. The author shared that one great way to advocate for our Black neighbors is to support Black philanthropy, and this month we invite you to advocate in this way. 

We’ll be introducing you to these Black-led organizations and inviting you to support them all month long, so be sure to follow us on Instagram for daily features and check back regularly for new stories, here!

Learn more about the missions of our local, Black-led nonprofit partners :

A Better World works to uplift under-served children in West Charlotte and bridge the gaps in their lives by enriching their physical, mental, and spiritual development. They aim to unite communities, parents, and schools behind the common goal of improving kids’ futures. 


A Brighter Day - BND Ministries provides educational and emotional support, mentoring and educational growth for children and young adults in at risk communities. This ministry also provides programs that focus on life coaching, counseling, training programs, pride in the community, support groups and providing resources for the parental responsibilities for caring for the youth and children in at risk communities.


A Giving Heart Project is dedicated to giving back and serving those in need. This is carried out in various intricate ways designed to meet basic needs for individuals in survival mode with an end goal in mind of transitioning them from survival mode to sustaining and overcoming. 


Angel in Disguise, Inc.: provides complimentary transportation for breast cancer patients to Dr. appts, to get medicine and to run light errands. They stay with patients during their appointments, act as patient advocates, as well as offer support to patients and their families.


Beatties Ford Road Vocational Trade Center provides various construction craft training and fiber optic technician training as well as professional counseling to aid students in psychological health and wellness.  Their target population are young men and women that are unemployed, underemployed or re-entering the community from incarceration.


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas improves the lives of youth and deeply engages communities through involvement with families, mentors, community funders, schools, and other partners. Their proven methodology for serving children produces measurable positive outcomes in the areas of: educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, socio-economic competence.


Boys to Men Foundation strives to give young men between the ages of 9-17 constant, positive male role models, effective relationships, community involvement, interactive teachers, open communication, love and a nurturing environment. 


Carolina Family Connections recruits, licenses, trains, and supervises family foster homes to provide out-of-home placements for children who have been abused and/or neglected. They work to advocate for the needs of children in foster care that require special care, support and nurturing.


Carolina Youth Coalition prepares high-performing, under-resourced students to enter, excel in, and graduate from college so they can be full participants in society. 

They provide comprehensive and targeted college access support to students who are first-generation college students or come from families of <$60,000 income.


Center 360 provides a holistic approach to career development. Their aim is to empower middle school students who are at-risk of disengaging from school by providing them with life skills training, personal development, and career enrichment activities. 


Center for Community Transitions strengthens the community by helping those with criminal records and their families navigate paths towards healthy and productive lives. Their work provides employment and transition services,  supports alternatives to incarceration, and restores and strengthens family bonds. 


Center for Racial Equity in Education (CREED) works to close opportunity gaps for all children in education, especially children of color, with the vision that one day race will no longer be the primary predictor of educational outcomes.


Champion House of Care Project One, Inc. strives to reduce the struggle families face when providing lifelong care for loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They provide resources for essential daily needs, programming, and education.


Charlotte Area Fund provides programs and services that assist economically disadvantaged citizens with gaining the skills and abilities necessary to achieve self-sufficiency. Their vision is to be Mecklenburg County’s recognized community action agency, empowering residents while ensuring equal opportunity for all.


Charlotte Housing Authority Scholarship Fund provides post-secondary scholarships, mentoring and career prep workshops & activities to equip students living in low-income housing with the tools they need to achieve success and economic mobility. They support an average of 100 students each year.


CineOdyssey Film Festival was created to reflect and spotlight filmmakers of African, Caribbean, Asian, Latino, and Native American Diaspora. They also serve to expose varying demographics to filmography as a source of cultural iconography.


City Startup Labs closes the entrepreneurial divide, where under-represented populations of African American millennials, as well as returning citizens (the formerly incarcerated) are not adequately participating in startup activity and business building. We provide a robust, accelerated, progressive and disciplined approach to developing entrepreneurial talent, new venture creation and deployment.


CMS Foundation is the official nonprofit partner for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), raising money to support the district’s highest strategic priorities. Harnessing the power of private investments in education, they seed innovative ideas and help expand programs to accelerate system-wide transformation.


Community Link enables individuals and families to obtain and sustain safe, decent and affordable housing. They serve our customers from homeless to homeownership, every step of the way through various programs and workshops.


Cops & Barbers, Inc. was created in 2015 by Shaun "Lucky " Corbett (Barber) and Garry McFadden (Detective) in the wake of the Mike Brown Shooting as an opportunity to bridge the gap between the Police and community they serve as the barbershop is a trusted cornerstone of the community. They are investing in our community by providing scholarships to high school students that are interested in the barbering profession and would not otherwise attend college.


Creating Exposure Through the Arts  educates and mentors youth by creating opportunities of exposure through art. They primarily use photography, to mentor, educate and empower young artists while providing opportunities for exposure by enabling them to share their artistic expression.  They provide opportunities through after-school programs in underserved areas independently as well as for partnering non-profit organizations throughout Mecklenburg County.


Cross Country for Youth’s mission and objective is to impact the lives of youth with the skills they need to run Cross Country and live healthy lives with character. They work to introduce youth to Cross-Country training and introduce character development concepts such as Respect, Responsibility, Sportsmanship, Discipline, Commitment, Integrity, Courage, Perseverance, Teamwork, and Leadership.


CrossRoads Corporation for Affordable Housing and Community Development, Inc. is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that through partnerships honors history and supports the collective vision of rejuvenation, economic stability, healthy living, and educational achievement within the Grier Heights community.


CrownKeepers exists to influence and sustain the arts and creative culture in Charlotte. Their mission is to reinvigorate the artistic vision, scope and impact of black artists, as well as be an empowering, authentic link in the community.


Do Greater Charlotte, Inc. addresses the lack of exposure and access to creative, technological, and entrepreneurial education within underserved communities in Charlotte. Their programs prepare learners for the future with tools and training made possible through a partnership with professional creative community mentors.


EmpowHERment, Inc. works to empower a continuous network of girls and women to be leaders in their community through mentorship, talent development and advocacy. Their mentoring program pairs girls in grades 6-12 in Charlotte and the surrounding areas with a supportive one-on-one mentor in their community.


ExodusFoundation.org exists to stop the flow of African-Americans and all Americans to prison. Their banner program, the Red Sea Crossings Mentoring and Scholarship program matches trained volunteers who are culturally competent with formerly incarcerated persons. 


FAMILY MANKIND works to permanently eradicate domestic violence and the remnants such as child abuse and bullying by working with the domestic violence abusers. 


Fathers United, Inc. desires to eliminate paternal alienation and fatherlessness by increasing awareness, assistance, and networking to drastically increase the participation of all fathers in every child’s life.


Firm Foundations Youth & Family Outreach provides youth in middle and high school with mentoring support services which include academic support, character development and personal growth.


GardHouse is a first of its kind program to develop employment for college students of color through local minority-owned businesses. Unlike other organizations, students are encouraged to broaden their horizons by first identifying their strengths, then connecting those strengths to the profession they are working towards. 


Girl Scouts - Hornets' Nest Council is the world's preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adults, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives: strong values, social conscience and conviction of their own self-worth.

Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont is a leader in providing job training programs and helping individuals find employment opportunities. Thanks to their generous donors and retail customers, Goodwill is able to offer employment, career services for individuals so they can see possibilities, seize opportunities and prosper.


Gracious Hands Transitional Housing for Homeless Women and Children houses homeless women and their children for one year, while providing Basic Services food, showers, laundry, and counseling. They must find employment and save 50% of their income which goes into escrow until time of transition. Gracious Hands Transitional Housing provides all services that participants need, through community agencies, mental health services and other organizations. 


Green Box Solutions  is dedicated to aging, retirement planning and eldercare issues and the education, preparation and resource management needed to ensure that seniors have everything they need to live exceptional, long, independent lives.


GreenLight Fund Charlotte applies the model of the six other GreenLight sites, aiming to transform the lives of children and families in high-poverty urban areas by creating a consistent annual process to: Identify critical gaps,iImport innovative, entrepreneurial programs that can have a significant, measurable impact and galvanize local support to help programs reach and sustain impact in the new city


Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: exists to present, preserve and celebrate the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. 


Heal Charlotte  supports the emotional and academic development of youth in kindergarten through 12th-grade who live in the Orchard Trace Community by engaging them in pro-social activities, mentoring, and educational programming. By engaging them in positive activities during what was previously unstructured time, we will help participants build confidence, interpersonal skills and academic successes that will give them a chance for a better life.


Healing Vine Harbor, Inc.  works to reduce the number of single women living in shelters or unsafe situations by providing a pathway out of poverty to ensure self-sufficiency. They transform lives one woman at a time through independent living skills such as financial literacy, educational preparation, employability readiness, mentoring and much more.


Health & Education 4 All International is committed to alleviating hunger and poverty within the communities they serve through health educational services, girls’ empowerment,  education and mentoring


Hope Vibes  provides hygiene products, free laundry days, mobile shower/laundry vehicles (in progress) and hope filled conversation to our homeless neighbors and others experiencing extreme poverty. Hope Vibes also facilitates educational school chats in public and private K-12 classrooms within the region.


INTech Foundation  inspires girls to innovate in the technology industry. INTech informs girls about technology and how it impacts their everyday lives, inspires them with talks from women in the tech industry, and shows them how to innovate their own tech product.


J.R. Girls Talk aims to inspire young people in attaining their goals by creating a mindset that is ready for college and or career by offering educational courses. 


JazzArts Charlotte  promotes quality music education, performance opportunities for musicians and their audiences, and artist support. Their goal is to be a catalyst for cultural enrichment and music education that brings creative inspiration to the lives of the citizens of the Charlotte region.


KIPP Charlotte Public Schools is a free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public charter school serving over 850 students in grades K-8 and 650 high school and college alumni. KIPP Charlotte serves communities that are traditionally underserved and marginalized in education.


Leah's Hopes and Dreams equips our youth to fulfill their purpose and destiny through character education, encouragement, motivation and support. Their goal is to empower them to express themselves through arts , crafts and other outlets.


Lionel Lee Jr. Center for Wellness  assists individuals and families in meeting their immediate health and wellness needs, to increase public awareness and support for those with inadequate resources and to provide information to promote healthy lifestyles.


MFSE Foundation, Inc.’s mission is to find a cure, educate, bring awareness, end discrimination and provide advocacy, to existing communities resources and support services for person(s) with strokes and epilepsy.


My Brother’s Keeper Charlotte-Mecklenburg is committed to improving outcomes for boys and young men of color by serving as the backbone organization of a collective impact effort. They work to support policies and organizations that address persistent opportunity gaps and help to ensure that all of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s boys and young men of color have the opportunity to achieve.


My Sister’s House (Friendship Community Development Corp.) is a transitional living program for single, homeless women that equips residents with tools and resources to establish and sustain self sufficiency and end homelessness.


Outdone with Ovarian Cancer offers financial assistance to ovarian cancer patients that are undergoing or recovering from treatment. This can be in the form of funding their transportation to and from treatment, providing assistance in paying their utilities, buying groceries or offsetting the cost of their prescriptions.


Playtime Therapy Bedsheets Foundation provides our Playtime Therapy Bed Sheets to organizations that provide “Safe Rooms” for displaced kids. Examples would include Children’s Hospitals, Shelters, Orphanages, Hospice and Juvenile Detention Centers. We want to transform the bed into an area where kids can play, learn, sleep and heal.


Prodigal Son Foundation is committed to strengthening communities and developing productive leaders for the future by empowering, educating and engaging students and families.


Profound Gentlemen is a group of male educators of color whose goal is to build and retain a community of male educators of color who currently only make up  2% of teaching staff.  Study’s show that when boys of color have male educators of color, they are more likely to graduate from high school, experience increased self-esteem, and have greater chances of pursuing a four-year college degree. 


Promising Pages collects donated books and distributes them to children in the Charlotte Area Book Desert: those with few, if any, books at home. Their mission is to provide ownership of books to underserved children and cultivate a lifelong love of reading through innovative literacy programs and partnerships. 


Raise a Child of the Carolinas believes that by exposing youth to opportunities that are underrepresented in our communities, it grants them the power to shape the future generations to come. We have several educational programs and leadership initiatives that help nurture our youth and help them develop the skills that they will carry throughout their lives.


Renaissance West Community Initiative is a collaborative community centered on quality housing, education, health and wellness, and opportunity. Their vision is to end intergenerational poverty through a holistic community revitalization effort.


Renewed Inspiration provides a nurturing support system to at-risk teenage girls overcoming environmental, academic, and social challenges.


Right Moves for Youth is a school-based, youth development and student support program focused on helping teens develop the skills to succeed in school and life.


RoleModels University exists to help youth to stay in school, build leaders and break generational poverty cycles by teaching our students financial literacy and personal business ownership as a “Plan B” to their career choice.


S.T.A.R.S. Math & English Academy empowers students to master the basics of Math and English. The students are divided into small group sessions for students in grades 3 through 5, grades 6 through 8 and grades 9 through 12. There is also one-to-one tutoring for youth of all ages who need homework assistance.


Samaritan's Feet is a humanitarian aid organization that shares a message of hope and love by distributing new shoes and washing the feet of under-served individuals around the world. 


ShowerBus 'N CLT  provides mobile shower and laundry services through two retired city buses. They have donated hundreds of shower bags and spoken to hundreds of teens and senior adults.


Sol Nation, Inc. organizes solutions to some of our greatest climate justice issues. Through education, workshops, panels, art, and culture we engage the communities that we work in on a level that creates change. We serve as translators of the issues that people of color and other marginalized communities deal with so that they have a better understanding of how they are directly impacted.


Steve Smith Family Foundation is dedicated to providing hope and inspiration to those in need and advancing causes that are close to the heart of the founder’s family, including domestic violence awareness and prevention, as well as family health and wellness services.


Stiletto Boss University is an entrepreneurship series promoting education and practical application to female high school students culminating into a final showcase with a chance to win internships.


Suit Up Charlotte serves and suits men exclusively both inside and out. Their focus is placed on the development and sustainability of men, their healthy relationships and families. They provide suits, shirts, ties, slacks, shoes, and business casual attire. They add professional development workshops specifically tailored to the issues of men.


Talented Girls in Action is an after-school program that empowers girls to invest in their futures. TGIA serves girls between the ages of 12 and 18 that come from underprivileged communities through individualized tutoring, a character development curriculum and a mentorship program.


Tar-State Transportation Alliance, Inc. focuses on education on transportation alternatives such as walking, bicycling, transit, scooters, skateboarding, wheelchairs, motorists, and more. Special emphasis directed at teens and young adults, ages 16-24 years old.


Teach for America works to  enlist, develop and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity. 


The A.L. Harper Foundation, Inc.  provides financial support for any student attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), advocates on behalf of HBCUs for philanthropic support from the alumni community, and hosts awareness workshops and events on post-secondary education and college preparation for parents, schools, and the public.


The Academy of Goal Achievers is a youth leadership mentoring program that develops youth leaders to impact communities, while preparing students and families for postsecondary success. The impact opportunities we provide are our monthly leadership development classes, study hall, school engagement visits, parent educational sessions, college tours and youth lead service projects.


The Arts Empowerment Project connects court-involved and at-risk children to existing arts and enrichment opportunities in Charlotte and funds their tuition and transportation fees. In addition they develop and implement several programs per year to bring art directly to children where they are. 


The DeAngelo Williams Foundation works to support the eradication of breast cancer through preventative care and research. Also through philanthropy and community service, The DeAngelo Williams Foundation strives to become an advocate of education with a special focus on children's literacy.


The FACTS Initiative offers community based therapeutic interventions, tools, and techniques to get children and families on the path to wellness.


The Freedom Center for Social Justice is committed to the growth, safety and empowerment of the LGBTQ community. Our mission is accomplished through education, programs, partnerships, and advocacy.


The Glorious Performance Team is dedicated to mentoring youth, seniors, adults and special needs in our community who have a desire to learn about drama and act on stage. They also provide a venue to improve self esteem, promote team building, enhance public speaking skills, and provide travel and educational opportunities.


The Harvest Center of Charlotte is bringing solutions to break the cycle of homelessness and housing insecurity for 2,000 of our Charlotte neighbors. They want to break the generational cycle of situational homelessness and support them in finding a permanent place to live and work in our city. 


The Park Community Development Corporation Creates upward mobility of ‘at promise’ youth, young adults, and families by developing pathways to livable income through workforce development, healthy living, and affordable housing.


The Vintage Foundation, Inc. works to improve the community through targeted outreach and philanthropy. The Vintage Foundation, Inc. supports the community by financially Giving Back in the areas of Education, Health, Social Issues and Economic Disparities 


Thomas Davis Defending Dreams Foundation encourages students to develop the essential life and social skills that will make them leaders of tomorrow. The Foundation works to educate, empower and defend the dreams of more than 1,200 families each year.


Tresports Association, Inc. is dedicated to building character, confidence, and sportsmanship in children. The organization has designed a holistic approach that incorporates scholarship, community service, character development and athletic excellence through competitive sports.


Unwrap the Gift, Inc. has no limitations to what they can and will do for battered women, impacted youth faced with challenges, our homeless friends and senior citizens. They strive to educate, empower and give to others in order to improve their quality of life. It is their goal to obtain housing for the underserved - continuing to change lives, one gift at a time.


Urban League of Central Carolinas empowers the community to attain financial stability and social justice in a global economy through education, training and placement. Their range of programs can benefit anyone in need of education, skills training, career development, employment services, and youth programs.


WYTV7 Christian Broadcasters Network provides a talk forum with real life people who share real life experienced situations for educational purposes. They air live broadcast/media weekly from several cities reaching and engaging 1.4 million worldwide.


Young Black Leadership Alliance (YBLA) helps young people become leaders that are college and career ready. They are trained to reach back and mentor elementary, middle and high school students. 


Youth Development Initiatives exist so that every at-risk teenager can graduate high school with a career pathway, a post-secondary education plan and the social-emotional maturity that results in greater self-confidence, upward economic mobility and a successful life.