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

Image of globe made of puzzle piecesThe 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 
Strategic Giving as a Compass for Transformational Change

New Date TBD

UPDATE: Out of an abundance of caution over the spread of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19, the African American Philanthropy Summit originally scheduled for Saturday, April 25, has been postponed. We are securing a new date for 2020 Vision: Disrupting the Cultural Landscape Through Philanthropy, and updates will be forthcoming.

Special Thanks to Our Lead Sponsors:


First Energy Foundation


University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

JumpStart Inc.

Hoover Milstein

Thompson Hine

Cuyahoga Community College

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 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


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.

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

Justin Horton
Wealth Advisor, Stratos Wealth Partners

Jeff I. Johnson
Principal, JIJ Communications

Bracy E. Lewis

Jazmin Long
VP Fund Development, Birthing Beautiful Communities

Kevin McDaniel
Executive Director, Neighborhood Leadership Institute

Antoine Moss, Ph.D.
Logistics Management Specialist, Logistics & Technical Information, NASA Glenn Research Center

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

Melvin G. Pye, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer, Fairfax Place

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 Co-Chairs

Lonnie Coleman, President, Coleman Spohn Corporation

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

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

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