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.
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. 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 endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on key community issues. Contact the African-American Philanthropy Committee @CleveFoundation #GivingHasNoColor.and follow
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.
News and Information
Details: 2018 African-American Philanthropy Summit via WKYC Channel 3
Wes Moore to be featured speaker at 2018 African-American Philanthropy Summit via Cleveland Plain Dealer
African-American Philanthropy Summit in April will feature keynote speech from bestselling author Wes Moore via Crain’s Cleveland Business
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
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.
Senior Manager, Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Towards Employment
Wealth Advisor, Stratos Wealth Partners
Jeff I. Johnson
Principal, JIJ Communications
Bracy E. Lewis
VP Fund Development, Birthing Beautiful Communities
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, Executive Committee, Thompson Hine LLP
2018 African-American Philanthropy Summit Honorary Co-Chairs
Teresa Metcalf Beasley, Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Margot James Copeland, Chair and CEO, KeyBank Foundation
Carole Hoover, President and CEO, Hoover Milstein
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
Steven A. Minter, Executive-in-Residence and Fellow, Cleveland State University
Ronald B. Richard, President and CEO, Cleveland Foundation
Vanessa Whiting, President, A.E.S. Management Corp. dba Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen