Washington Governor Jay Inslee Names August ‘Black Philanthropy Month’


( ENSPIRE Community Spotlight ) Celebrating the Legacy of Black Philanthropy, while Inspiring Increased Investment in Black Communities 

ENSPIRE Contributor: LaShonda Thompson

As we recognize Black Business Month, the Black Future Co-Op Fund is taking the opportunity to demystify philanthropy through a virtual panel series intended to bring together members of the Black community who are intimately involved with Black philanthropy with the broader community. In addition, Governor Jay Inslee issued a proclamation naming August–Black Philanthropy Month in Washington. That proclamation recognizes the “rich history” Black Washingtonians have “of investing their time, talent, treasure and care for Washington’s communities.” Read the proclamation.

This is an opportunity for all Washingtonians to acknowledge and applaud the power of black collective giving in the state during August Month. To show the world how it’s down, they invite us to join them for a virtual panel series to learn more about and celebrate Black giving.

Black Philanthropy

The KD Hall Foundation takes this opportunity to spread information on Black Philanthropy Month as they recognize Equal Pay Day for Black women (Tuesday, August 3) and encourage others to join in as Black philanthropic leaders explore the legacy of Black generosity and how we invest in a liberated future by, for–and with–Black Washingtonians. For more information or to register for events, click the link Here.

Upcoming Event Dates

  • Black Philanthropy Is Community Care – Tuesday, Aug. 17 | 12-1:30 p.m.
  • From Institutional Philanthropic Redlining to Black Sovereignty – Tuesday, Aug. 24 | 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Where Is the Money? – Tuesday, Aug. 31 | 5-6:30 p.m.

About the Black Future Co-Op Fund: By and for Black Washingtonians, the Black Future Co-op Fund is rooted in the beauty, soulfulness, and strength of Black culture. Founded by four Black women of African descent, we stand on the shoulders of our grandmothers and the memory of our warrior ancestors. We each lead major social change organizations in Washington state that empower Black leadership and have come together with a vision for radical change.

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