African American Philanthropy Summit Coming to Cleveland

Release Date: 04.01.2010

The African American Philanthropy Committee of the Cleveland Foundation is hosting a unique event to educate, encourage, and inspire philanthropy in the African American community, and to create lasting gifts for future generations.

On Saturday, April 24, the half-day African American Philanthropy Summit will be held at Cuyahoga Community College’s Corporate College East in Warrensville Heights. The theme will be “Advancing African American Philanthropy: Building Tomorrow’s Legacy Today.” Registration is $40 for adults, $20 for youth (age 16-25), and $25 for the luncheon keynote session only. The Summit will run from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Local and regional experts will deliver sessions for individuals, organizations, and young adults. The luncheon keynote speaker will be Earl Stafford, chairman and chief executive officer of The Stafford Foundation, headquartered in Reston, Va. Stafford gained international acclaim in January 2009 when he launched the People’s Inaugural Project, which helped to bring more than 400 socially and economically underprivileged persons and veterans to Washington for the presidential inauguration.

Other presenters will be performer and philanthropist Kelly Chapman and radio personality and motivational speaker Basheer Jones, who will facilitate a young adult session. The Summit will feature several interactive panel discussions with local civic, business, and community leaders, who will share their personal experiences on how and why they advance philanthropy.

Attendees will also gain a better understanding of the benefits of planned giving, how to create an endowment fund, and the power of growth, preservation, and the efficient transfer of wealth for charitable purposes.

Serving as honorary chairpersons for the Summit are:

  • April Boise, partner in charge, Thompson Hine
  • Patricia Kennedy-Scott, regional president, Kaiser Permanente
  • Steven Minter, executive in residence, Cleveland State University
  • Ronn Richard, president and chief executive officer, Cleveland Foundation

“An important element of the Cleveland Foundation’s mission is to build community endowment,” said Caprice Bragg, vice president for gift planning and donor relations at the foundation. “Reaching out to African Americans in the region is vital to that goal, and it’s something we’re constantly striving to do. But it’s only one part of a much larger picture. In order to help us meet the challenges of a shifting economic and social environment, we need to engage all of Greater Cleveland on the importance of community wealth-building.”

The African American Philanthropy Summit is being presented with generous support from the following partners and sponsors: Dominion; Future Connections program of UCI; Kaiser Permanente; Medical Mutual of Ohio; Minority Business Solutions; Shinn Family Foundation; University Hospitals; Visiting Angels Senior Homecare; Ulmer & Berne; and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.

The African-American Philanthropy Committee supports the Cleveland Foundation’s mission by promoting awareness and education to African Americans about the benefits of wealth and community preservation through philanthropy.

For more information on the Summit, visit or call toll-free 1-877-554-5054.


Established in 1914, the Cleveland Foundation is the world’s first community foundation and the nation’s third-largest today, with assets of $1.8 billion and 2009 grants of $82 million. The foundation improves the lives of Greater Clevelanders by building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on vital issues. Currently the foundation proactively directs two-thirds of its flexible grant dollars to the community’s greatest needs: economic transformation (including advanced energy and globalization), public school improvement, human services and youth development, neighborhoods and housing, and arts advancement.

For more information on the Cleveland Foundation, please visit