The 2018 African-American Philanthropy Summit: CLE for Life, Giving For Life gets underway Saturday (April 28) at 7:30 a.m. at Landerhaven, 6111 Landerhaven Drive in Mayfield Heights. The summit runs until 1:30 p.m.

The African-American Philanthropy Committee of the Cleveland Foundation says this year’s summit celebrates African-American philanthropists in our region and provides tools and insight to support and inspire those interested in charitable giving.

WKYC is the event’s media sponsor. WKYC anchor and managing editor Russ Mitchell will conduct a question and answer session with keynote speaker Wes Moore.

The summit is supported by individual and corporate donors, including lead sponsors Dominion Energy, KeyBank and University Hospitals.

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According to organizers, the Summit features opportunities to: hear from bestselling author Wes Moore ("The Other Wes Moore"); participate in Philanthropy Matchmaker and listen to pitches from Greater Cleveland nonprofits who have ideas about how to work collaboratively to help the community and vote for the winner;

and gain insight from Christal Jackson, founder of Head and Heart Philanthropy, and learn what JumpStart Inc. is doing to unlock the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to economically transform communities. You can also join the youth-focused program, Planting the Seeds of Philanthropy.

Wes Moore is the CEO at Robin Hood, an acclaimed author and social entrepreneur, according to organizers. His books, “The Other Wes Moore” and “The Work,” became New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers, capturing the nation’s attention on the fine line between success and failure in our communities.

Christal M. Jackson founded Head and Heart Philanthropy, a social impact agency focused on improving social, economic and educational outcomes for communities of color, according to organizers. Recently, she was recognized by Essence Magazine for her ability to convene and curate the best and brightest in this sector. Christal also is the founder of Mosaic Genius, which is focused on building a sustainable ecosystem for wealth-building in communities of color around the world.

Philanthropy Matchmaker requires at least two nonprofits to join forces in a creative way to bolster an existing or new endeavor that furthers their respective missions, according to organizers. Each collaborative team will present their case for support. After hearing the presentations, Summit attendees will vote for the winner of a $5,000 first-place cash award and tiered cash awards for second- and third-place teams.

Planting the Seeds of Philanthropy is holding a breakout session that encourages students to get involved in philanthropy by engaging them with inspiring cross-generational success stories, self-empowerment and philanthropic engagement opportunities, organizers said.

During the JumpStart Inc. session, you can gain insight on creating a philanthropic movement from individuals and nonprofits who are seeing success from joining together to accomplish a shared mission. JumpStart’s mission is to unlock the full potential of diverse and ambitious entrepreneurs to economically transform communities.