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Giving is a Part of Living – African American Philanthropy Makes a Difference

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African Americans have maintained a rich history of giving and philanthropy from as early as the eighteenth century. And we have every right to be proud of our efforts. By donating our time and resources to a variety of philanthropic organizations and causes, we have made a significant difference.

Although giving has been a part of living since the eighteenth century, recent years have seen a variety of new opportunities for African American giving, according to These include mainstream community foundations that reach out to black donors, federations of African American charities, and corporations that promote volunteerism and agree to fund projects in our communities.

In fact, corporations are facilitating African American philanthropy by establishing relationships with mainstream and alternative foundations for payroll-deduction programs. The AT&T Foundation, for example, was created in 1984 to help extend the reach of its employees’ community involvement efforts by matching employee contributions to educational and cultural organizations and by providing grants to recognize employee volunteer efforts. In 1998 and 1999, AT&T’s total contributions amounted to over $123 million in cash and product donations, of which $82 million came directly from the AT&T Foundation.

It is because of outstanding corporations such as AT&T, as well as a number of prominent African American entertainers and athletes like Oprah Winfrey, Bill and Camille Cosby, and Michael Jordan, who have encouraged others to give as well. Tiger Woods went as far as to establish a foundation, while NBA athlete Alonzo Mourning sponsors annual charity events to raise funds for non-profit organizations in the South Florida community.

From corporations to entertainers to affluent African Americans around the nation, people really have a keen desire to give back and help those in need. It is ingrained in us that giving should always be a part of living. As a result, we can expect African American philanthropy to continue to make a difference today and forever more.


Written by Symphony

August 31, 2008 at 6:10 am

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    The PFA program has new program features such as the 2009 African Heritage Calendars featuring famous rulers from Africa’s past. Visit our website and the PFA Gift Shop at: Proceeds from our calendar sales go to the Partners for Africa Fund (see below).
    Other New Features of Our website:
    – Guest Blog, “Embracing Our African Past and Future.”
    – The African Heritage Posters– visit the PFA Gift Shop
    – Latest News Updates from Africa
    – PFA Philanthropist Section: Post Your Philanthropist Profile


    Partners in Development (PID) in Alexandria, Virginia has launched the PFA Philanthropist Program through the Partners for Africa Program, a new initiative where for as little as $25, visitors can become PFA Philanthropists when they make a donation to the Partners for Africa Fund. The Fund supports 16 organizations working on HIV/AIDS in eight countries. Philanthropists will be able to create their profile, post their picture, their website address – and also state why they are PFA Philanthropists. The PFA program wants to provide an opportunity for philanthropists to publicize their views, promote their work through the website, while networking with other fellow philanthropists for Africa.

    For More Information: Email PFA at
    or call 703-684-4442


    December 30, 2008 at 3:46 pm

  2. Please, visit my website and help the needy people.

    Dipesh Dhakal

    March 29, 2009 at 4:45 am

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