Preserving Wealth, Honoring Legacies & Raising Awareness
The Cleveland Foundation’s African American Philanthropy Committee (AAPC) 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.
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.
Friends of the African American Philanthropy Committee
Would you like to have a meaningful and lasting impact in the community? The Friends of the African American Philanthropy Committee was launched in 2020 to connect philanthropic minded individuals to work together in advancing philanthropy within the African American community. To join contact Terri Bradford Eason, Senior Director, Advancement Equity Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take The Next Step In Your Philanthropy by Terri Bradford Eason, Senior Director of Advancement Equity Initiatives (Winter 2023 issue of The Black Professional)
Mixing Business and Philanthropy: A Winning Strategy by Terri Bradford Eason, Senior Director of Advancement Equity Initiatives (Fall 2022 issue of The Black Professional)
So, You Want to Be a Philanthropist? by Terri Bradford Eason, Senior Director of Advancement Equity Initiatives (Summer 2022 issue of The Black Professional)
The Environmental, Social and Governance Framework in Philanthropy: Going Beyond Grants to Achieve Impact by Terri Bradford Eason, Senior Director of Advancement Equity Initiatives (Spring 2022 issue of The Black Professional)
Common Threads of Philanthropy: A Love of Humanity that Transcends Generations by Terri Bradford Eason, Senior Director of Advancement Equity Initiatives (Winter 2022 issue of The Black Professional)
Ways to Give Back
Collectively, members of the AAPC also support the mission of the Cleveland Foundation, which includes building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on key community issues. 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.
2022 African American Philanthropy Summit, Philanthropic Equity: Making an Impact
Hundreds of change-makers gathered to discuss philanthropic equity and creating impact in communities at the 2022 Cleveland Foundation African American Philanthropy Summit on April 30. Attendees had the opportunity to network and dive into deep conversations around pressing topics in philanthropy at breakout sessions throughout the day. They also heard insights from featured speakers Kevin Clayton, vice president of diversity, inclusion & engagement for the Cleveland Cavaliers; and Michele Ghee, CEO of EBONY and JET magazines. Mellody Hobson, co-CEO & president of Ariel Investments and vice chair of Starbucks, also shared remarks via Zoom. Visit our blog here for highlights.
“2020 Vision: Disrupting the Cultural Landscape Through Philanthropy — The Conversation Continues with Eddie and Sylvia Brown”
The Cleveland Foundation African American Philanthropy Committee welcomed Baltimore philanthropists Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown virtually Nov. 10, 2020, to continue the conversation on “Disrupting the Cultural Landscape Through Philanthropy” that began at that summer’s first-ever all-virtual African American Philanthropy Summit.
“2020 Vision: Disrupting the Cultural Landscape Through Philanthropy”
The 2020 Cleveland Foundation African American Philanthropy Summit took place via Zoom on May 30 featuring a 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.
Archived News and Information
Celebrating African American Philanthropy
Belva Denmark Tibbs and Imani Denmark Tibbs describe how philanthropy became an important part of their mother-daughter relationship.
Clevelanders Valdia Burns, Barbara Harris and Ann-Marie Ogletree explain the events and people that inspired their philanthropic giving.
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
Chief Improvement Officer, Improve Consulting and Training Group
Ronald V. Johnson, Jr., Co-Chair
Chief Ethics Officer, KeyBank National Association
Montrie Rucker Adams
CEO, Visibility Marketing, Inc.
Director, Job Preparation, The Fund for Our Economic Future
Justin Horton, CFP
Wealth Advisor, Stratos Wealth Partners
Jeff I. Johnson
Chief Executive Officer, JIJ Impact
Jazmin Long, MSSA, MNO
Chief Executive Officer, Birthing Beautiful Communities
Executive Director, Neighborhood Leadership Institute
Antoine Moss, Ph.D.
DEIA Integration Lead, NASA Headquarters Office of Communications
Executive Director, Fundamentals Early Childhood Development Academy
Founder, Training Camp for Life
Robyn Minter Smyers
Partner, Thompson Hine LLP
Belva Denmark Tibbs
2022 African American Philanthropy Summit Honorary Event Chairs
Eddie and Sylvia Brown
The Rev. Dr. Robin Hedgeman
Senior Pastor, Bethany Christian Church, and Member, Board of Directors, Cleveland Foundation
Dr. Alex Johnson
President, Cuyahoga Community College
President and CEO, MVP Plastics
Advisor, Dell Technologies
President & CEO, Cleveland Foundation
Market Executive and Managing Director, Bank of America