Black Philanthropic Network (BPN)


Program Overview

The Black Philanthropic Network is a group of eleven regional associations of Blacks in philanthropy with a shared focus of supporting philanthropy in Black communities. ABFE maintains the network through coordinated activities, sharing data and information, and supporting regular communications and/or convening among the regional groups.

Program Objectives

  • To serve as a convener, support system and resource for the Black Philanthropic Network.

Program Audience

  • Regional groups with a shared focus of supporting philanthropy in Black communities.

Key Activities

  • Networking
  • Partnering Strategies, Activities, Convening and Communications
  • Resources

Program Point-of-Contact

T.J. Breeden, Director of Programs


What is the Black Philanthropic Network (BPN)?
The Black Philanthropic Network is a group of nine regional affinity groups whose focus is to support philanthropy in Black communities and that is in alignment with ABFE’s mission to promote effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities.

What is ABFE’s role in the network?
ABFE is the glue that keeps the network together. We coordinate activities, we house data and information, we identify resources and through our technology we connect and engage the network of regions.

What does the BPN do?
BPN offers programming, hosts events, and gathers and disseminates information around specific communities across the country.

Why is the BPN necessary and beneficial to philanthropy?
ABFE and BPN’s relationship allows us to identify the most current issues, trends, challenges and promising practices around the country and inform philanthropy’s role in improving outcomes in Black communities.

Black Philanthropic Network AFFINITY GROUPS


Bay Area Blacks in Philanthropy

Deborah Holmes, Board Chair

Black Philanthropic Alliance (DC)

Glen O’ Gilvie

Edward Jones

Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy

Monique B. Jones, Co-Chair

Geoffrey Banks, Co-Chair

Colorado Blacks in Philanthropy

LaDawn Sullivan

Greater Philadelphia Black Philanthropic Network

Sonia Williams, Co-Chair

Steve Vassor, Co-Chair

Indiana Blacks in Philanthropy

Erica Fizer

Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy

Jason Paulateer, Chair

Minnesota Blacks in Philanthropy

Tawanna Black

New England Blacks in Philanthropy

Bithiah Carter

Southeastern Network of African Americans in Philanthropy

Atiba Mbiwan

Southern California Blacks in Philanthropy

Kameron Green

African American Funders Group of Southwestern PA

Tracey Armant, Co-Chair

Michelle McMurray, Co-Chair

New York Blacks in Philanthropy

Nakisha Lewis, Program Chair

Ujima South (TX)

Kelli King-Jackson


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