Honoring African-American Philanthropy
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. The African-American Philanthropy Committee Legacy Fund is supported by individuals of all ages, churches, businesses, sororities and fraternities, and community-based organizations.
The committee also 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. The summit also provides tools and insight for individuals who are participating in charitable giving. In the years it is offered, the summit attracts local, regional and national attention. Collectively, members of the African-American Philanthropy Committee also support the mission of the Cleveland Foundation, which includes building community endowments, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on key community issues. Contact the African-American Philanthropy Committee via email and follow @CleveFoundation #GivingHasNoColor.
Enormous thanks to the more than 400 caring individuals who gathered April 23, 2016, for the Cleveland Foundation African-American Philanthropy Summit!
Special thanks to presenting sponsor Medical Mutual for its ongoing support, and thank you to the many volunteers, committee members and honorary co-chairs who made the Summit possible! Your time, talent and wisdom is much appreciated, and we could never accomplish such a gathering without your help. Congratulations to all Philanthropy Tank participants and the winners: Duffy Liturgical Dance Ensemble, Operation HOPE, Inc. Cleveland, and Seeds of Literacy!
News and Information
Sisters in Service for 100 Years: Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, L.H.D., International President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., speaks at The City Club of Cleveland
Black Giving Matters: Interview with Terri Bradford Eason of the Cleveland Foundation
Download our 2014 Philanthropic Giving Summary
View video highlights from the 2014 African-American Philanthropy Summit
Check out this WKYC Channel 3 segment: 7 Minutes with Russ Mitchell: Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
An interview with African-American Philanthropy Committee Co-Chairs Robert Madison, CEO,
Robert Madison International; Debra Green, Director, Community Relations, Medical Mutual; Ronald B. Richard, President & CEO, Cleveland Foundation; Dr. R. A. Vernon, Senior Pastor, The Word Church; Connie Hill-Johnson, Owner and Managing Director, Visiting Angels; and Justin Horton, Wealth Advisor, Stratos Wealth Partners.
Connie Hill-Johnson, Committee Co-Chair and 2015 recipient of the Cleveland Foundation’s Frederick Harris Goff Philanthropic Service Award
Connie Hill-Johnson, in her role as co-chair, is dedicated to increasing awareness of philanthropy and charitable giving within the African-American community. Under Connie’s leadership and service, the prominence and scope of the committee has been elevated and serves as a national model. Connie and her husband, Kevin, are Cleveland natives and successful entrepreneurs whose careers are dedicated to serving the elderly. Their Visiting Angels business, part of a national franchise, helps older adults live as independently as possible in their own homes. Both Connie and her husband have a strong desire to give back to the community.
African-American Philanthropy Committee Members
Ellen Burts-Cooper, Ph.D., Chair
Senior Managing Partner, Improve Consulting and Training
Senior Manager, Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Towards Employment
Owner and Managing Director, Visiting Angels
Wealth Advisor, Stratos Wealth Partners
Jeff I. Johnson
Principal, JIJ Communications
Ronald V. Johnson, Jr.
Vice President, Associate Counsel, KeyBank National Association
Bracy E. Lewis
Antoine Moss, Ph.D.
Logistics Management Specialist, Logistics & Technical Information, NASA Glenn Research Center
Executive Director, Fundamentals Early Childhood Development Academy
Melvin G. Pye, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer, Fairfax Place
Metro Cleveland Director, Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Robyn Minter Smyers
Partner in Charge, Thompson Hine LLP
2016 African-American Philanthropy Summit Honorary Co-Chairs
Warren E. Anderson
President, General Manager, Anderson-DuBose Company
Margot James Copeland
Chair and CEO, KeyBank Foundation
Doris Evans, M.D.
Pediatrician & Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, MetroHealth
Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research, Harvard University
Vice President, Community Outreach & Chief Diversity Officer, Medical Mutual
Carole F. Hoover
President and CEO, Hoover Milstein
Steven A. Minter
Executive-in-Residence, Cleveland State University
Ronald B. Richard
President and CEO, Cleveland Foundation
Rev. Dr. Stephen Rowan
Senior Pastor, Bethany Baptist Church