“Reshaping Black Philanthropy: Inspiring the Next Generation of Philanthropists” is focus of Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy public conversation
What will the future of giving in the African American community look like? Where are African American philanthropists giving their resources, and why are they donating to specific causes?
Six outstanding leaders from across the U.S. who are working in various ways to reshape black philanthropy will discuss these and other questions during a public conversation in Indianapolis Oct. 17. “Reshaping Black Philanthropy: Inspiring the Next Generation Philanthropists” is presented by the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy. Una Osili, Dean’s Fellow for the institute and Associate Dean for Research and International Studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, will moderate.
A 5:30 p.m. reception will precede the 6:00 p.m. panel discussion. Both events are free and open to the public, and will be held at the Indianapolis Central Library, Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St. Clair St., Indianapolis. An RSVP is requested; more information is available at that link.
- Charmaine Brown, Senior Scholarship Officer, The Denver Foundation assists individuals and organizations with their philanthropic goals by way of the scholarship and nonprofit organization funds she assists with creating and managing. She focuses on serving students from first-generation families, undocumented and underrepresented students, low income students, and those who have been provided a second chance at making a new start on life. Brown strives to help the next generation understand their influence in philanthropy as they develop and discover what is meaningful to them.
- Tiara Dungy, Doctoral Student, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI pursues research interests that include recipients’ shifting attitudes toward philanthropy and women’s social entrepreneurship in the Global South. She has spent much of her academic and professional life traveling between the U.S. and South Africa establishing networks of global learning through consulting, community service and research to promote intercultural understanding. She plans to teach social responsibility in business schools and establish social enterprise incubators to bridge the expertise of philanthropists and universities with enterprising community members.
- Edward M. Jones, Vice President of Programs, ABFE (formerly the Association of Black Foundation Executives), is a founding member of Black Benefactors, a social investment club/giving circle comprised of individuals, local businesses and organizations dedicated to addressing the societal ills facing the African American community in the DC region. He is a commissioner for Serve DC for DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, a founding board member of the African American Heritage House at Chautauqua Institution, a founding member of Black Philanthropic Alliance and serves on the board of Us Helping Us, People into Living, Inc.
- Collin Mays is an activist. He serves as Business Development Coordinator for the Southeast Michigan Community Alliance. Under his leadership, business services have been expanded throughout Wayne and Monroe counties and the number of registered apprenticeships in the region has increased. Mays started the Mays Family Scholarship in partnership with United Negro College Fund (UNCF) to encourage undergraduate students to complete their degree. He is an active member of ABFE, the International City/County Management Association, and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators, the Michigan Municipal League and UNCF Detroit Council.
- Kim Nyoni, Associate Vice President for Development, University of Nevada Las Vegas, oversees development professionals based in academic units and is a development liaison with the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Office of Gift Planning. A veteran fundraising executive, he works closely with academic leaders and provides vision and strategic direction on fundraising initiatives. Nyoni is a native of the United Republic of Tanzania by way of Lincoln, NE, and is a member of The Rotary Club of Las Vegas.
- Akilah Wallace, Executive Director, Faith in Texas, leads a fast growing, multi-racial, multi-faith grassroots movement for racial, economic and social justices. She started Distinguished Ones: A Philanthropic Initiative, respectfully known as #BlackDFWGives, an educational, inspiring online initiative to heighten the platform for philanthropy education and the next generation of philanthropists of color. Her philanthropic leadership also includes the founding of HERitage Giving Fund at Texas Women’s Foundation, awarding nearly $30,000 in grants to black women-led organizations. She was the inaugural Young Black and Giving Back Institute Philanthropist of the Year.
About the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy
The Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy fosters a greater understanding of the ways in which underrepresented people are both inspired and informed donors by providing knowledge, education and training. The institute seeks to understand the perceptions, practices, experiences and needs of the individuals and institutions that operationalize philanthropy in underrepresented communities and develop programming and services to engage philanthropic practitioners, scholars and the public at large in conversations and activities to advance this field.
About the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI is dedicated to improving philanthropy to improve the world by training and empowering students and professionals to be innovators and leaders who create positive and lasting change. The school offers a comprehensive approach to philanthropy through its academic, research and international programs and through The Fund Raising School, Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, the Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy and the Women’s Philanthropy Institute. Follow us on Twitter @IUPhilanthropy or “Like” us on Facebook.