2024 African American Philanthropy Summit Preview

Black philanthropists in Greater Cleveland give generously of their time, talent and treasure, and are inviting others to continue creating long-lasting impact in their community. The 2024 African American Philanthropy Summit presented by the Cleveland Foundation African American Philanthropy Committee (AAPC) will be held Saturday, April 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Corporate College East and will have in-person and zoom accommodations. This year’s theme is Philanthropy and the Black Family: Elevating from Moment to Movement, and features a dynamic lineup of speakers and engaging breakout session opportunities.

Bestselling author, renowned professor and media personality Dr. Michael Eric Dyson will join us as the luncheon keynote speaker and engage in a fireside chat with WKYC’s Managing Editor and Anchor Russ Mitchell.

In the morning, Jazmin Long, president and CEO, Birthing Beautiful Communities, will moderate a conversation on the social determinants of health among panelists Dr. Airica Steed (President and CEO, MetroHealth), Dr. Michael Baston (President, Tri-C), and Dale Anglin (Director, Press Forward).

Breakout sessions will focus on the following topics:

Health is Wealth: A Holistic Look at Care

Moderator: Belva Denmark Tibbs, Community Partner, Volunteer and Retired Healthcare Executive, and AAPC Member


Vickie Johnson, Chief Community Officer, Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Charles Modlin, Vice President and Chief Health Equity Officer, Staff Urologist, MetroHealth Hospital

Michelle Hereford, Chief Nursing Executive, University Hospitals

Stronger Roots: Education’s Importance to Families

Moderator: Dr. Antoine Moss, Community Relations Manager, NASA Glenn Research Center and AAPC Member


Dr. Warren Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Dr. Michele Scott Taylor, Chief Program Officer, College Now Greater Cleveland

Dr. Renee Willis, Executive Director, Martha Holden Jennings Foundation

Me’lani Labat Joseph, Principal, Transformation Innovations

It Takes a Village: Healing Through Community

Moderator: Valissa Howard, Chief People Officer and General Counsel, Greater Cleveland Food Bank and AAPC Member


Dr. Mark Joseph, Leona Bevis/Marguerite Haynam Professor in Community Development, Case Western Reserve University

Joy Johnson, Executive Director, Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.

Erika Anthony, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Cleveland VOTES

Check out highlights from the 2022 summit:

As a precursor to the 2024 AAPC Summit, there will be a forum Friday April 12 at the City Club of Cleveland, where the focus will be on Economic Stability – Banking and Credit, Entrepreneurship and equity gaps that impact generational wealth in the Black family. This will include a panel discussion that encapsulates the summit’s theme of Elevating from Moment to Movement.

In-person tickets for the 2024 African American Philanthropy Summit are limited. To register and learn more, visit https://bit.ly/AAPC2024

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