Preserving Wealth, Honoring Legacies & Raising Awareness

The Cleveland Foundation’s African American Philanthropy Committee was created in 1993 to promote awareness and education about the benefits of wealth and community preservation through philanthropy. Awareness led to stewardship in 2010, when the Committee established a fund to help support a variety of organizations within the African American community of Greater Cleveland. 

Collectively, members of the African American Philanthropy Committee also support the mission of the Cleveland Foundation, which includes building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on key community issues. Contact the African American Philanthropy Committee and follow @CleveFoundation #GivingHasNoColor.

African American Philanthropy Summit

The committee convenes a Philanthropy Summit once every two years to raise the visibility of African American philanthropy in the region and to honor local African American philanthropists who are making a lasting and significant impact.


“2020 Vision: Disrupting the Cultural Landscape Through Philanthropy” took place via Zoom on May 30. Watch the conversation between Featured Speaker Valeisha Butterfield Jones, Business Leader and Co-Founder and CEO of WEEN-Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, and moderator Jeff Johnson, AAPC Committee Member and Chief Curator for Men Thrive:




Special Thanks to Our 2020 Sponsors:


First Energy Foundation logo KeyBank logo Dominion Energy Logo
CLE Consulting Firm Dr. Doris Evans
Margaret W. Wong & Associates LLC Joyce N. Shinn, Shinn Charitable Family Fund Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
The Sherwin-Williams Company Bracy E. Lewis  


African American Philanthropy Committee Legacy Fund

The African American Philanthropy Committee Legacy Fund supports a variety of organizations within the African American community of Greater Cleveland. This fund is bolstered by individuals of all ages, businesses, sororities and fraternities, faith-based organizations, and multiple member organizations.

Give to the AAPC Legacy Fund

News and Information

Cleveland Foundation sets virtual version of African American Philanthropy Summit for May 30 via Crain’s Cleveland Business

Cleveland Foundation sets African American Philanthropy Summit for April 25 via Crain’s Cleveland Business

Cleveland Heights couple Justin and Andrean Horton share what motivates them to give back and why they’re excited about the 2020 African American Philanthropy Summit via the Cleveland Foundation

Celebrating African American Philanthropy


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Belva Denmark Tibbs and Imani Denmark Tibbs describe how philanthropy became an important part of their mother-daughter relationship. 


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Clevelanders Valdia Burns, Barbara Harris and Ann-Marie Ogletree explain the events and people that inspired their philanthropic giving.


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Consultant and entrepreneur Ellen Burts-Cooper, Ph.D., and architect Bob Madison share how their education and professional backgrounds help inform their philanthropic passions.



African American Philanthropy Committee Members

Ellen Burts-Cooper, Ph.D., Co-Chair
Senior Managing Partner, Improve Consulting and Training

Ronald V. Johnson, Jr., Co-Chair
Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel, Law Group, KeyBank National Association

Montrie Rucker Adams
President, Visibility Marketing, Inc.

Bishara Addison
Senior Manager, Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Towards Employment

Justin Horton
Wealth Advisor, Stratos Wealth Partners

Jeff I. Johnson
Chief Curator, Men Thrive

Jazmin Long
VP Fund Development, Birthing Beautiful Communities

Kevin McDaniel
Executive Director, Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Antoine Moss, Ph.D.
Community Relations Manager, NASA Glenn Research Center

Ann-Marie Ogletree
Executive Director, Fundamentals Early Childhood Development Academy

Steve Sanders
Metro Cleveland Director, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Robyn Minter Smyers
Partner, Executive Committee, Thompson Hine LLP

Belva Denmark Tibbs

2020 African American Philanthropy Summit Honorary Event Chairs

Lonnie Coleman, President, Coleman Spohn Corporation

Donté Gibbs, MSSA, Manager of Community Outreach, The Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Don Graves, Jr., Head of Corporate Responsibility & Community Relations, KeyBank

Connie Hill-Johnson, Owner and Managing Director of Visiting Angels Living Assistance Services, and Member, Cleveland Foundation Board of Directors

LaRese Purnell, Managing Partner, CLE Consulting Firm

Alex Johnson, Ph.D., President, Cuyahoga Community College

Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, M.D., Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals

Ronald B. Richard, President and CEO, Cleveland Foundation