African-American Philanthropy Summit is Saturday

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Foundation is hosting its third African-American Philanthropy Summit and luncheon 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Corporate College East.

This year's theme is "Inspiring 100 Acts of African-American Philanthropy."

It is intended to be a call to action for members of the community to join in the giving legacy.

According to a W.K. Kellogg Foundation report from 2012, two-thirds of African-Americans donate, giving $11 billion each year.

The lunchtime keynote speaker will be Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and American Research at Harvard University. The keynote will be an "armchair discussion" moderated by Channel 3's Russ Mitchell.

Gates is the author of 16 books and 12 documentaries, including the recent PBS series "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross." He is the recipient of 51 honorary degrees and has been named to Time's "25 Most Influential Americans" list, the AARP's "The Influentials: 50 over 50" and to Ebony's "Power 100" list for 2013. He also serves as jury chair for the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards presented by the Cleveland Foundation, the only national juried prize for books that confront racism and explore diversity.

The summit will also include panel discussions showcasing real examples of everyday philanthropy through the perspectives of community leaders, families, small businesses and nonprofits. Panels will also highlight and educate attendees on a variety of giving vehicles.

The African-American Philanthropy Committee was created as an advisory committee of the Cleveland Foundation in 1993 under the leadership of former Cleveland Foundation Executive Director Steven A. Minter. It has served as a national model in community engagement. The Summit was launched by the committee in 2010 as a signature event to educate and engage the African-American community on the various ways to give back to the community.

The event is open to the public, but tickets are required. Registration details are available at

Corporate College is located at 4400 Richmond Road in Warrensville Heights.


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