Black Philanthropy Month


WHEREAS, Dr. Jacqueline Copeland-Carson of Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network established the month of August as Black Philanthropy Month in 2011 with recognition from the United Nations as part of its Declaration of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent; and

WHEREAS, Black Philanthropy Month is an annual, global celebration of African-descent giving in all its forms; and

WHEREAS, at its root, philanthropy means love of humankind; and

WHEREAS, the month-long observance invites all people to promote the power of giving to transform lives in August and throughout the year; and

WHEREAS, the extraordinary legacy of philanthropy merits a concerted effort to lift up important stories, spotlight good work, educate generations, and inspire giving; and

WHEREAS, understanding and generosity are instrumental to improving social, educational, economic, and health outcomes in black communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 2016 as BLACK PHILANTHROPY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.