People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposium: Philanthropy as Social Capital

Learn how Philanthropy can function as Social Capital.

Friday, January 24, 2020
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EST)
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Category: Leaders of Color

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Philanthropy can be a powerful force for social change.  Per ABFE, "Black social change leaders and Black-led institutions have played vital roles in almost every major movement in this country, from the abolition of slavery through today." Foundations, funders, and other grant makers generously give tens of billions of dollars each year to nonprofits doing good work.  Unfortunately, less than 8% of those funds are granted to organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPoC). How do we reverse this trend? Philanthropy as Social Capital for BIPoC.

(NOTE: We define a BIPoC led and serving organization as one whose CEO or ED is BIPoC, staff is 50% or greater BIPoC; board of directors is 50% or greater BIPoC; and whose mission statement and charitable programs aim to predominantly serve BIPoC communities or populations.)

Mechanisms by which Philanthropy can function as Social Capital will become clear as we explore how the sector could play a pivotal role in improving social outcomes for BIPoC populations.  Through tailored giving, streamlined processes, and progressive philanthropic ideals, grantmaking institutions can  position themselves as advocates and supporters of BIPoC folks and their organizations.  

Nonprofit leaders of color have historically been shut out from major funding geared towards social change, despite being wholly qualified to mobilize resources in order to solve issues faced by BIPoC communities. They have also experienced restricted access to professional grantmaking relationships.  Discussion around building bridges with funders will equip BIPoC attendees to create, seize, and maximize opportunities.

Philanthropic Leaders will:

  1. Listen to BIPoC nonprofit leaders' experiences with funders
  2. Examine strategies to embed equity into their giving processes and decisions
  3. Gain knowledge around increasing public and private investments in BIPoC led and serving organizations
  4. Receive actionable next steps they can take in order to improve outcomes for BIPoC led and serving organizations by serving as an infrastructure of Financial Capital

Nonprofit Leaders of Color will:

  1. Be able to define, identify, and mobilize their network of Social Capital in order to drive change within their organizations and their communities at-large
  2. Learn tactics to build relationships with funders, foundations, and grantmakers  to advance the strategic priorities and profitability of their organizations
  3. Receive training and insight into nonprofit grantmaking, including basic terminology and tips to improve grant applications
  4. Engage with fellow BIPoC nonprofit leaders and philanthropic leaders to gain a deeper understanding of how to tap into philanthropic Social Capital

*Lunch will be provided*

AGENDA (soon to come)

Attendees (150)

Shanika Aiken


The SAFE Organizaton

Joy Ashford

Executive Director

Dance South Community Development Group

Rashanda Autry

Executive Director

Fannie's House

Kabrina Bass

Executive Director

Midlands Mediation Center

Sherrie Belton

Community Engagement Specialist

Columbia Museum of Art

Jeanette Brown

Funding Coordinator

The SAFE Organizaton

Benjamin Bullock

Vice President & COO

Together SC

DeLana Dameron

Founder / Chief Strategist

Red Olive Creative Consulting

Letitia Dowling


Denmark Cares

Victor Durrah

Executive Director

Brothers Restoring Urban Hope, Inc.

Rhonda Edwards

Director of Educational Curriculum and Initiatives

The Legacy Foundation of SC

Tanika Epps

CEO - Midlands

Communities In Schools of the Midlands

Joyce Ford

Executive Director

The Naomi Project

Maurice Green

Executive Director

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

Tamara Greene

Executive Director

Black River United Way

A'Netra Hardy

Regional Outreach Paralegal

SC Legal Services

Evelyn Haye-Primus


The SAFE Organizaton

Quinn Hayes

Program & Grants Manager

Harvest Hope Food Bank

Veronica Hemmingway

Southern Lowcountry Director

Coastal Community Foundation of SC

Quietta Jordan

South State Bank

Shayne Kinloch

Director of Operations

Together SC

Audrey Lane

Executive Director

The Royal Foundation

Maurice Lawyer

Chief of Operations

The Legacy Foundation of SC

Jeanell Marvin

Executive Director

Charleston Friends of the Library

Yolanda McCray

President & CEO

Black River United Way

Madeleine McGee


Together SC

Duchett Polite Hylton

Executive Director

Jasper County First Steps

Phil Redmond

Director of Child Care

The Duke Endowment

Robert Reese

Lower Richland NAACP

Beth Ruffin


The Everyday Inclusionist

Jamesha Shackerford

Program Officer

Central Carolina Community Foundation

Sherrie Snipes-Williams


Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Ashley Thomas

Executive Director

The Hive Community Circle

Adrienne Troy-Frazier

Executive Director

Berkeley County First Steps

Jasmin Tucker

Director of Outreach

SC Thrive

Travis Wharton


The Wharton Company LLC

ayanna white

Executive Director

Power In Changing - Diaper Bank of the Midlands

Kayle Wright

Operations Manager

Women's Rights and Empowerment Network (WREN)

Greta Young

Executive Director

The Parenting Place

111 Other Registered Attendees
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Tracey Greene-Washington
Indigo Innovation Group
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Nate Barber
Senior Vice President,
South State Bank
Together SC Board Member

Zakiya Esper
Founder/Executive Director,
  Sowing Seeds into the Midlands

Darrin Goss
Coastal Community Foundation

Darryl Lester
Service Year NC

Jamal Stroud
Stroud Development 

Norma Jean Suarez
Executive Director,
Unity Health on Main


Charles Thomas
Charlotte Director,
Knight Foundation


Lester Young
Founder/Executive Director,    Path 2 Redemption

Joel Dancy

Vice President Community Development-Mid-Atlantic Region

Fifth Third Bank



Vivian Anderson
Founder/Executive Director
Every Black Girl

Erin Johnson
Vice President, Community
Central Carolina
Community Foundation


Victor Durrah, Jr.
Executive Director,
Brothers Restoring Urban Hope, Inc.

Mamie Nicholson
Program Officer,
Self Family Foundation


Naomi Simmons-Thorne
Executive Director,
Center for Social Equity

Zakiya Esper
Founder/Executive Director,
Sowing Seeds
into the Midlands



Ericka Wooten
Director of Diversity, 
Equity and Inclusion 
Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC

Chynna Phillips
Research and Policy Director
Sisters of Charity Foundation of SC


Shayne Kinloch
Program & Operations Manager
Together SC



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