The Black Giving and Beyond Virtual Summit kicks off today at 2 pM WAT and will continue tomorrow 5th August 2020.
The summit will convene top Pan-African voices in Philanthropy, Venture Capital, Angel Investing, and Social Impact Funding in Africa, the U.S., and worldwide as part of the 9th Annual Black Philanthropy Month.
Keynote speakers; Her Excellency Graça Machel, Aisha Muhammed-Oyebode, and Dikembe Mutombo will be joined by a lineup of A-list speakers for the 2020 Virtual Summit Black Giving and Beyond: Towards a Just Future in a Covid World.
This year’s focus will be on blended funding strategies across sectors like philanthropy, social investment, and venture funding for community recovery and social change in a post-COVID world.
Registration to the Black Giving and Beyond Summit is free and open to the public. Register for the 2020 Black Giving and Beyond Summit at
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We were privileged to speak with some of the BPM Africa Summit committee members – Thelma Ekiyor, Founder & Chairperson, Afrigrants and BPM 2020 Africa Host, Dr. Mojubaolu Okome, Professor of Political Science, African & Women’s Studies Brooklyn College-CUNY and Co-founder Bring Back Our Girls NYC and Dr. Una Osili, Associate Dean, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and BPM Africa Summit 2020 Chair on their involvement and goals for the summit.
What drove your decision to be involved in the Black Giving and Beyond summit in the capacity as a committee member?
Ekiyor: I have worked in Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector across Africa for almost 20 years and watched it grow. BPM provides an opportunity for the world to learn from the growth of African philanthropy and for us to learn from the world.
Okome: I have a deep, enduring, and unwavering belief in the capacity of Black people to understand the root causes of the problems that we face, and to envision the solutions. We also have proven through the ages that we are creative and brilliant, generous, and philanthropic in our giving. We, however, have suffered tremendously from the combined global social, economic, and political exploitation that created the African Diaspora, as well as colonies in the continent. In order to prevail over the effects of this exploitation, we must unite, build trans-continental, and global coalitions of peoples of African descent that harnesses our collective energies toward re-focusing Black philanthropy to deal with the challenges that face us in the era of COVID-19 and beyond. I have researched Black philanthropy for over 30 years. Planning the summit enables me to bring my findings to bear in solving the significant problems faced by Black people globally. It also offers an opportunity to work with a group of dedicated, brilliant sisters and brothers to convene some of the best minds in both envisioning the glorious future we want to see and drawing a roadmap that will get us there.
Osili: Across the globe, people of African descent are faced with both an unprecedented health and economic crisis, and also one of the largest social and racial justice movements in history. I feel strongly that we are also witnessing tremendous generosity, innovation, and resilience of black people on the continent and beyond. We need to strengthen linkages across the African continent and its diaspora to find sustainable solutions to the challenges we face.
How do you define Philanthropy?
Ekiyor: The giving of a person’s resources, money or time and other resources, to address a social problem in an accountable and structured way
Okome: Giving of one’s time, treasure, and talents. Small-scale giving is as important as the humongous giving by the ultra-wealthy. Philanthropy is not only about giving money but about non-tangible forms of giving that Black people do on an everyday basis.
Osili: At the Lilly Family School, we define philanthropy –as “voluntary action for the public good.” I have also called for a more popular, inclusive, and emergent one that defines philanthropy as the giving of one’s “time, talent, treasure, and even testimony.”
What role does philanthropy play in building communities?
Ekiyor: Philanthropy is very much part of traditional African communities. The concept of being “your brother or sister’s keeper” has variations in African societies. Therefore, the question we should be asking is how do we bring that culture to addressing contemporary challenges faced by African countries.
Okome: Elemental and foundational role. Philanthropy is considered integral to being a good person in many Black communities. Through mutual support, social investment, and charitable giving, there is support for the development of human capital, response to humanitarian needs, and generally, enhancement of human security, all of which strengthen communities to meet the challenges of the present and future. The best kinds of philanthropy foster equity, equality, and justice in communities.
Osili: Today, many donors and funder organizations have shown interest in building linkages that allow individuals and groups to become vital players in efforts to solve problems or imagine new approaches within their communities. New modes of engagement like crowdfunding platforms, peer to peer fundraising, social media and advocacy, and more, offer new opportunities to foster ties across African diaspora groups working to achieve social impact.
What actions and conversations do you hope this platform will drive?
Ekiyor: I believe at this time of COVID, it is important to learn how “black giving” can support efforts to rebuild African communities in the wake of high unemployment and poverty rates.
Okome: More giving to address challenges and problems faced by Black people globally; More collaboration to synergize efforts in Black philanthropy so as to amplify the impact of giving. More awareness of the Black philosophies and values on giving and philanthropy. More awareness of the potential to shape the future of Black philanthropy to serve our people, and address the root causes of many of the problems that bedevil us.
Osili: I hope the Black Giving and Beyond summit will inspire hope, raise awareness, and serve as a catalyst for action. We can all play a role in helping our communities recover and rebuild.
Why should people attend the Black Giving and Beyond Summit?
Ekiyor: The whole world is paying attention to the issues, needs, and aspirations of black people. There is no time like the present to amplify what black people and in particular African are doing to foster social change on the continent. Everyone interested in promoting indigenous African solutions should attend the BPM Africa Summit
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