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Celebrating Black Talent and Treasure

August is Black Philanthropy Month – a global celebration and dedicated campaign to lift up the transformative impact of Black generosity. At Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) we have long recognized the power of Black philanthropy. Our 2018 Giving Black: Cincinnati report amplified the rich heritage and giving priorities of Black residents in our region.

August 2020

August is Black Philanthropy Month – a global celebration and dedicated campaign to lift up the transformative impact of Black generosity. At Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) we have long recognized the power of Black philanthropy. Our 2018 Giving Black: Cincinnati report amplified the rich heritage and giving priorities of Black residents in our region.

Also released in 2018: GCF’s All-In Cincinnati report, a roadmap built on the framework of PolicyLink’s All-In Cities initiative to identify essential investments, policies and opportunities needed to resolve persistent inequities in our community. Since then the All-In Cincinnati Coalition has been striving to educate, motivate and move the equity needle toward a region where everyone can thrive, by focusing housing, education, economic mobility, justice and health.

On Aug. 28, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., we will lift up All-In’s transformative work with “All or Nothing: Amplifying the Lives of Black Women,” a virtual celebration. By celebrating the spirit of Black women, we will highlight GCF’s focus for racial equity through investing in their prosperity. We invite you to join us in this celebration in support of the All-In Cincinnati Coalition. Register here.

Additional celebrations that highlight contributions of the Black community this month include:

  • It’s Commonly Jazz, Cincinnati’s longest-running free concert series, celebrates 35 years of bringing communities together in music each Thursday in August at 7 p.m. The virtual concerts feature some of our region’s finest musicians, including Mike Sharfe & Friends Aug. 13, Ron Jones & Jazz Alive Tribute Aug. 20 and Mike Wade & Friends Aug. 27. Learn about the watch party options.
  • The 32nd annual Black Family Reunion, the last such celebration left in the country, will feature a four-day virtual experience August 13 through August 16 with a one-day “call to action” Day in the Park from noon to 6 p.m. August 15 at Sawyer Point. “Faithful and Fearless” is the theme of the family-friendly event. Family of the Year honorees are community activist Iris Roley, business owner Jesse Roley and their family.

  •  GCF COO Dora Anim is one of the on-screen speakers at TEDxCincinnati’s first Drive-In Main Stage Event at the Holiday Auto Theatre in Hamilton on August 27. Entry begins at 7 p.m.; the evening of “innovative ideas, deep conversations and interesting people” starts promptly at 8:15 p.m. Reserve your tickets now.