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5th Annual Black Philanthropy Month Celebration

Hampton Roads Community Foundation Hosts Fifth Annual Black Philanthropy Month Celebration

Panel Discussion to Focus on the Power of the Young Voice in Black Philanthropy

The Hampton Roads Community Foundation will host its fifth annual Black Philanthropy Month Celebration, “The Power of the Young Voice,” at the Chrysler Museum of Art on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 6 p.m.

This year’s celebration features Jasmine Crowe, the 38-year-old founder and CEO of Goodr, a tech-enabled sustainable food waste management company based in Atlanta, Georgia, which strives to eliminate hunger. Local panelists include Kendra Robinson, executive director of Community Outreach Coalition, a youth nonprofit, and Randy Williams, president of Talley & Twine, a watch company. Robinson and Williams are active members of the Visionaries for Change giving circle at the community foundation. The moderator is Aleea Slappy Wilson, chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer for the City of Norfolk.

"The narrative around philanthropy often describes Black people on the receiving end of gifts. However, research shows that Black people are leaders in charitable giving to enrich their communities and others,” said Vivian Oden, vice president for equity and inclusion at the community foundation. “Through this event, we hope to further uncover diversity in giving patterns, particularly among millennials and their unique perspective on philanthropy.”

Black Philanthropy Month is a global celebration that began in 2011 to elevate Black giving and funding equity.

The community foundation’s Black Philanthropy Month Celebration is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit BlackPhilanthropy757.eventbrite.com.

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The Hampton Roads Community Foundation is a charitable network of generous people, nonprofits, and civic leaders working to create a thriving and inclusive community for all. Since 1950, the Foundation has awarded more than $344 million in grants to nonprofits and college scholarships. Through research, funding, and special programs, the Foundation brings the community together to tackle important concerns and advance racial equity.

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