2024 African American Philanthropy Summit to Spotlight
Philanthropy and the Black Family

Distinguished professor and bestselling author Dr. Michael Eric Dyson to deliver keynote at April 13 event at Tri-C Corporate College East

Cleveland, OH – The eighth biennial African American Philanthropy Summit, presented by the African American Philanthropy Committee (AAPC) of the Cleveland Foundation, will take place Saturday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tri-C Corporate College East. This signature event is designed to connect and inspire leaders in Northeast Ohio and across the country who share a belief in the power of philanthropy to make transformative change.

“The work of the African American Philanthropy Committee is a national model for convening community members and driving conversation and greater visibility around the transformative power of Black philanthropy,” said Lillian Kuri, president & CEO, Cleveland Foundation. “This summit is central to the foundation’s vision of a more expansive and inclusive philanthropic sector.”

Programming for this year’s summit is focused on the theme “Philanthropy and the Black Family: Elevating from Moment to Movement.” Sessions will include leaders from across the region and culminate with a keynote from distinguished professor, author, preacher, and media personality Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. A full schedule, including a list of sessions and speakers, is available here.

“This year’s summit theme speaks to a legacy of leadership and generosity passed down through generations,” said Constance Hill-Johnson, chairperson of the Cleveland Foundation Board of Directors and past co-chair of the African American Philanthropy Committee. “Giving back, whether through time, talent or treasure, has long been a tradition with the Black community, and this deep legacy of Black philanthropy continues to transform our communities for the better.”

The African American Philanthropy Committee was created as an advisory committee of the Cleveland Foundation in 1993 under the leadership of former Cleveland Foundation President & CEO Steven A. Minter. It has served as a national model in community engagement. The committee launched the summit in 2010 as a signature event to engage the African American community on charitable giving and honor African American philanthropists in the region. The committee also maintains a legacy fund at the Cleveland Foundation to support a variety of nonprofit organizations within the African American community of Greater Cleveland. 

The summit is open to the public, but tickets are required. Both in-person and virtual options are available.

The African American Philanthropy Committee is expanding this year’s programming by partnering with The City Club of Cleveland to host a pre-summit Friday Forum on April 12 at noon. The forum will feature a panel of local bank executives and entrepreneurs talking about the role of philanthropy in the path to prosperity. Forum details and tickets will be available this week via www.CityClub.org.  


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