Tag Archives: African American philanthropy

Mary McLeod Bethune – World Class Fundraiser — Don’t forget to pass the hat

Listen in on an engaging conversation about Dr. Bethune and how what she did still resonates today. Anthony Ray of HBCU Nation interviews Melvin Shaw. In the early 1950’s I had the honor to hear Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune speak in a packed, hot and humid Clayborn Temple in downtown Memphis. She was a powerful orator. She mesmerized me, she mesmerized the crowd. She raised money for Bethune-Cookman College the old fashioned way: “she passed the hat.” I will never forget her for as long as I live. She spoke of going door-to-door asking for nickels, quarters, food, anything people could spare to help support her college. She believed in education and she didn’t wait for others to do what needed to be done. Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune was just […]

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Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture Architectural Photrography

The Feasibility of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

As I watched the grand opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture on television I was filled with excitement and emotion. I was excited about this historic moment, and what it means for the African American community and the nation. I thought of my great grandfather William Harrison Hammond, an ex-slave who became superintendent of schools in Shelby County TN and the founder of Oak Spring Baptist Church in Arlington, TN which he pastored for 65 years. The museum honors and appreciates millions of African Americans like him sharing their stories with the country and the world. I reflected on the great honor I felt when I was included as part of a team of 10 development professionals who conducted the fundraising feasibility study designed to […]

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left to right: Byron Glore, Wayman Smith, Victor Julian

Making the needle move: Corporate men behind the birth of the UNCF telethon

Part Two of a two-part series Left to Right: Byron Glore, Wayman Smith, and Victor Julian What contributed to the success of the history-making UNCF Lou Rawls telethon? Leadership, collaboration, team work, and a respect for the individual goals of participating partners. In part one of this series, we provided a look at what went on behind the scenes to create a partnership between the UNCF and Anheuser-Busch. Once the initial team members were committed, it was time for creativity and hard work. Anheuser-Busch, through its resources and financial power, propelled the UNCF telethon into the largest African American special event in the United States held on one day. Wayman Smith, Anheuser-Busch’s vice president for minority affairs, used his position to the fullest extent and changed the face of African […]

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Mel Shaw, Lou Rawls, James Alston

Making the needle move: The birth of the UNCF telethon

Part one of a two-part series Left to Right: Mel Shaw, Lou Rawls, and James Alston During its heyday (1980 – 1993), the United Negro College Fund’s Lou Rawls Parade of Stars was the largest African American special event in the United States held on one day. It forever changed African American philanthropy and how African Americans are perceived as donors, volunteers and fundraising leaders. Lou Rawls played an initiating role and three other men from outside of UNCF played key roles in creating, growing and sustaining this national special event. Here’s the back story. When Anheuser-Busch signed Lou Rawls as its national spokesperson, the corporation asked which charity he wanted Anheuser-Busch to support as part of his contract. Lou replied, “UNCF,” for he had worked with our own Mel […]

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African American Men and philanthropy

“The Ujima Legacy Fund grew out of a series of conversations that we had in a barbershop. We did research on black male philanthropy and decided that we needed to form an African American male giving circle.” Reginald Gordon.

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Black Gives Back

www.BlackGivesBack.com takes the stereotype of African Americans as the recipients of others’ philanthropy and illustrates – with images and words – that African Americans are busy giving to diverse causes.

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