Derived in part from The New York Times Bestseller "The Covenant with Black America"

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Provides recommendations to improve the quality of life for the African American community.

From marquee foundations dispensing the fortunes of corporate titans, to family foundations supporting causes close to a founder's heart, to community foundations striving to make a difference at home, the philanthropic sector offers vast resources to tackle the world's most pressing problems. But, while people of color make up one-third of the population of the United States, research by the Foundation Center shows that only 7 percent of grant support is designated specifically for racial and ethnic minorities. A PHILANTHROPIC COVENANT WITH BLACK AMERICA (John Wiley & Sons; $24.95; April 2009) addresses one very key issue: how to mobilize people and resources, particularly within the Black community itself, to pay for and implement strategies to improve education, healthcare, criminal justice, and judicial disparities. This new release aims to inform individuals, grantors, religious organizations, fundraisers and youth how philanthropy can be strategically mobilized to assist Black communities in dealing more effectively with relevant issues.

A PHILANTHROPIC COVENANT WITH BLACK AMERICA is derived in part from the #1 New York Times bestseller, The Covenant with Black America, a collection of essays by media personality Tavis Smiley and other authors that examined critical issues affecting the Black community today. Throughout this new release, emphasis is placed on the role, responsibilities and potential of African Americans and African-American philanthropy, in particular, to affect positive change in their own communities. This book features eight essays from several prominent African American grantmakers, scholars, activists and clergy that examines critical elements of modern philanthropy and how they affect Black communities for good and for ill. Each chapter includes statistical documentation of the issues, strategic recommendations to improve the quality of Black life, and examples of outstanding models already being practiced throughout the country.

With a foreword by Tavis Smiley, grantmakers, fund developers, and nonprofit executives, and churches will find A PHILANTHROPIC COVENANT WITH BLACK AMERICA essential to the mobilizing their efforts.

RODNEY M. JACKSON (Washington DC) is the founder, President, and CEO of the National Center for Black Philanthropy, Inc., incorporated in Washington, D.C. in November of 1999. Mr. Jackson is also founder of the National and Regional Conferences on Black Philanthropy that have been held biennially since March 1997. He was also editor of Moving the Agenda Forward, the Proceedings of the Second National Conference on Black Philanthropy; editor and contributing author to At the Crossroads, the Proceedings of the First National Conference on Black Philanthropy; Philanthropy and the Black Church: New Problems, New Visions; and Black Philanthropy, the Newsletter of the People, Programs and Issues in African-American Philanthropy.

FOREWORD BY TAVIS SMILEY, author of The Covenant with Black America.

Contributors include: Angela Glover Blackwell, Harold Trulear, Erica Hunt, Birgit Smith Burton, Jeanette Davis-Loeb, Stephanie Robison, Sherece West, Kermit Burton, and Emmett Carson.

Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Publication date: April 6, 2009
$24.95; Hardcover; 238 pages; ISBN: 978-0-470-39792-3


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