We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there “is” such a thing as being too late. This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action.
-Dr. Martin Luther King, April 4, 1967
The past is a prologue for Black people worldwide in these tumultuous times. We are weary. We are mourning. We are hopeful. We hold on to joy against the odds. But we live in a world where our deniable progress since the 1960s has fostered a racist and neo-colonial backlash which has manifested in our communities from the USA to Haiti, Nigeria, to Sao Paolo to Minneapolis, and beyond, converging crises threaten 20th-century gains in all corners of the Black World. But as givers, investors, and innovators, we have the capacity to create a New Black Funding Renaissance that rebuilds our communities. The rallying cry for 2022 is an ode to Dr. Martin Luther King’s ever-present awareness that the future is now. Despite the crises of the times, we must unify and persevere to achieve lasting change. Fierce Urgency of Now: From Dream to Action will highlight new strategies to advance measurable funding and racial equity in Black communities worldwide.
Observed every August, with year-round economic justice action, Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) is a global celebration and concerted campaign to elevate African-descent funding. BPM is recognized by the United Nations and over 35 government bodies as an important annual cultural event. Having celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2021, BPM has engaged 19 million people from 60 countries since its inception. Today more countries celebrate Black Philanthropy Month than participate in Black History Month.
Let Your Voice Be Heard. The Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) Experience and Funding Equity Survey is critical to improving our work and impact. Anyone can share their feedback, even if you didn’t attend a BPM event. Please click the link and take the 10-minute survey to help us improve, nominate a 2023 funding equity award candidate, and deepen our impact. Thank you for being the change!
August 31| 11:00am-8:00pm EDT: Reunity: The Black Women’s Funders Summit
- April Ryan, White House Correspondent, Political Analyst for CNN, Author of Black Women Will Save the World
- Andrea Jenkins, President of Minneapolis City Council
- Teresa Younger, President, and CEO of the Ms. Foundation for Women
- Yolanda F. Johnson, Founder of Women of Color in Fundraising and Philanthropy
- Dr. Shola Mos-Shogbamimu, Lawyer, Founder of Women in Leadership Publication; Political & Women’s rights activist
- Dr. Marilyn Pendelton, Grief Recovery Method Specialist and Wellness Educator
- Sherell Moore-Tucker, Yoga and Wellness Expert
- Angelica Prescod, Investment and Financial Advisor
- Dr. Kara M. Taylor, Yoga and Ayurveda Expert
- Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
- Carolene Mays, Founder of Inspiring Leadership LLC and Black Leadership & Legacies Inc.
- Ta’Hona “Kween” Zackery, Founder and CEO of The Kween Project
- Kiahna W. Davis, CEO of Mind Your Business Accounting and Consulting
- Dr. Jacqueline Copeland, Founder of The WISE Fund and Black Philanthropy Month
Wednesday, August 31
8:00 AM to 6:00 PM EDT