What started as a movement has now turned into a global celebration and concerted campaign. August is Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), which was founded in 2011 by Dr. Jacqueline Bouvier Copeland with the support of Reunity, formerly the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network. Throughout its history, they have remained dedicated to elevating African-descent giving and funding equity. Today, BPM is a program of The Women Invested to Save Earth Fund (WISE), culminating in a multinational summit every August. BPM has expanded from its initial 8 million in-person and online participants in 20 countries in 2006 to more than 19 million engaged across 60 countries.
The Fearless Leaders Behind The Movement
Through her work, Dr. Copeland, an award-winning innovator who bridges diverse disciplines and communities to heal people, society and the planet, has reached at least 20 million people. She is recognized as a History Maker, included in The Congressional Record, for her significant civic contributions.
“I want the world to recognize that there is this movement of people, diverse Black people, who are using their time, talent, treasure, and voice to advance their communities, but also to promote a better world for all people,” said Dr. Copeland.
Over 30 diverse women from multiple countries throughout the global Black Diaspora worked with Dr. Copeland to co-organize BPM Summits and public awareness campaigns over its 20-year history. See the list of the longest and most continuously serving BPM leaders.
Love in Action
Each year, the BPM focuses on a specific theme, with the theme for 2023 being “Love in Action.” If you would like to learn more about Black Philanthropy month, see the upcoming events or get involved, please visit the BPM website.
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