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Jackie Copeland-Carson
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Founder of Black Philanthropy Month, Jackie is an activist-scholar, who has worked for over thirty years in the global anti-poverty and social justice movements.

Trained as an anthropologist and urban designer, Dr. Copeland-Carson has worked as a social sector executive, consultant, evaluator and researcher in the US, the Caribbean, Africa, Europe and Brazil.

A futurist, blogger and frequently sought after keynote speaker and published author on a wide range of business and social sector issues, her work has been recognized with leadership awards from the Bush Foundation, US Department of HUD, American Evaluation Association.

A passionate volunteer, she has served on the boards of many organizations, including Women Strong International and founded the Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet), a virtual community to encourage giving for development and human rights.

Jackie holds two masters degrees, one in urban planning and the other in cultural anthropology, with a Ph.D. in anthropology all from the University of Pennsylvania. Specializing in the US, Africa and South Asia, her undergraduate degrees are from Georgetown University in literature and African studies. She also studied African history, culture, languages and religion at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria.

Entries by Jackie Copeland-Carson

Black Giving Matters: A Month Towards a New Movement for Our Times

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2015 | 5:09 PM

As founding chair of the Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet), I created Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) in 2011 as a time for celebration, promotion, reflection and renewal of black giving throughout the US and worldwide. I am extraordinarily proud of BPM's expanding reach in its five...

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21st Century Black Giving: 10 High Impact Principles for a New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 11, 2015 | 11:51 PM

A New Year has begun. But Black Philanthropy Month continues with #BPM365--a call to remember, mobilize and celebrate our giving and self-help traditions. As the deaths of unarmed blacks gain prominence throughout the nation; as Ebola continues to ravage parts of Africa to the growing silence of global...

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Our New Brave World: A Black Philanthropy Month 2014 Call to Action

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 12:41 PM


A glance at the almost unbelievable news headlines today show that these are unprecedented times for black communities:

The Motor City--once America's land of black promise--is bankrupt.

Black American women, even educated and affluent ones, have the country's...

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Take the Mother Africa #GivingTuesday Challenge: A National Philanthropy Day Call to Action

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 7:50 PM

Throughout the year I have been writing about two main topics for Huffington Post's Black Voices: the alarming health crisis facing black and allied women throughout the world, and how philanthropy--giving time, talent and treasure to benefit humanity---is a bedrock solution to many of the challenges facing our communities.


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The New Black Philanthropy

(0) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 4:30 PM

One of the major contributions of today's African immigrants is their philanthropy. The World Bank and other multi-lateral agencies estimate that Africans in the worldwide diaspora gave at least $40 billion to their home countries in 2011 alone. U.S. African immigrants gave an astounding $11 billion...

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Black Philanthropy Month 2013 and Beyond: Support Mother Africa, Revive the Dream

(0) Comments | Posted August 23, 2013 | 5:33 PM

With recognition from the UN, Congress, a governor and mayors, the African Women's Development Fund USA (AWDF USA) created Black Philanthropy Month two years ago as a celebration every August of black giving throughout Africa and its diaspora. Our hope when we created it was that people and...

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Beyond Kwanzaa: Embracing the New Black Diversity

(6) Comments | Posted December 26, 2012 | 1:05 PM

For many Americans, our country's African heritage becomes real for one week every year during the December 26th-January 1st Kwanzaa celebration. This worthy holiday is a way to teach and express African-Americans' history of struggle and success. However, we need to move beyond this week-long celebration to a...

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Celebrating Black Philanthropy Month 2012: Six Principles of Giving for New Times

(3) Comments | Posted August 7, 2012 | 11:06 AM

Last August witnessed a momentous event in the global history of the black giving Movement. Led by the African Women's Development Fund USA (AWDF USA) and its online community, the Pan-African Women's Philanthropy Network, a coalition of black women's and other philanthropy groups from...

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Saving Our Future: Remember the Black Infant Mortality Crisis

(5) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 2:26 PM

These are particularly tough times for black communities everywhere. From Detroit to Port-au-Prince to Cape Town, we have among the world's highest levels of unemployment, orphans, school dropouts, and HIV/AIDS.

But a critical issue that is getting lost in the fray is the continuing black infant and maternal mortality crisis.

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The Year in Giving: 2011: A Black Philanthropy Kwanzaa Retrospective

(1) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 9:57 AM

Giving is more than generosity. It's a unifying part of our African roots, binding the history and future of black peoples worldwide. This was a remarkable year of firsts in the Pan-African community's history of giving. Kwanzaa, the annual, week-long Pan-African holiday, celebrated throughout the US and the world,...

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Echoes of Our Past, Visions of Our Future: In Tribute to Maathai, Sirleaf and Gbowee

(3) Comments | Posted October 15, 2011 | 11:39 AM

Every so often in the course of our daily lives, momentous events emerge reminding us of the power of everyday people to shape history and our collective future. The burial of Wangari Maathai, the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and the joint conferring of the

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August Is Black Philanthropy Month: Celebrating Our Culture of Giving for New Times

(5) Comments | Posted August 5, 2011 | 9:00 AM

Black people the world over have a long history and strong traditions of giving that have gotten us through good and bad times. We have so many names for our culture of giving -- from "helping a sistah out" to "tithing," "giving circles," "harambees" or volunteering -- that it's easy...

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