CNE Launches Major New Learning Series with Free Webinar Focusing on African American Philanthropy

August 30, 2021

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                                                                                             Andrew Robinson, CNE




Nationally Renowned Speaker Dr. Tyrone Freeman to Lead the August 31 Virtual Session


CNE is launching its 7 Actionable Principles Learning Series and culminating its recognition of Black Philanthropy Month by hosting nationally renowned speaker Dr. Tyrone Freeman as he presents a webinar titled Changing the Face of Philanthropy: What Black Philanthropy Teaches Us about Generosity on Tuesday, August 31, from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.

The webinar, facilitated by local non-profit leader Dr. Jaronda Miller-Bryant, will focus on the deep history and culture of African American philanthropy in the United States, sharing important features of African American philanthropy from the past and present that will enable practitioners to understand the versatility and impact of this community’s generosity on the country. 

More than 110 attendees have already registered for the webinar, which is free and open to the public – registration is available at https://tinyurl.com/mzha5986.  Find out more about the 7 Actionable Principles for a Strong Social Sector initiative by visiting https://7principles.thecne.org/.

Tyrone McKinley Freeman is an award-winning scholar, former fundraiser, and author of Madam C.J. Walker’s Gospel of Giving: Black Women’s Philanthropy during Jim Crow. His work examines the intersections of philanthropy, activism, and race in America. A nationally recognized expert in African American philanthropy, he writes and speaks about various forms of Black generosity and social change, past and present. Currently, he is an assistant professor of philanthropic studies at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

“My work is all about helping people of color reconnect with their deep and rich philanthropic heritage to maximize their impact today, and helping the larger nonprofit and philanthropic sectors sustain inclusion in their community engagement and social change strategies,” said Freeman in discussing his webinar.

Participants will hear a presentation and engage in a Q&A session and facilitated breakout groups to develop cultural competencies for relationship-building with donors of color by:

  • Examining the historical traditions of generosity by African Americans
  • Identifying characteristics and platforms of gift-giving within African American philanthropy today
  • Defining philanthropy inclusively to value and engage donors of color on their own terms

“CNE is very pleased to collaborate with Dr. Freeman and our partners in the social impact sector to convene this important conversation,” said CNE Executive Director Cristine Nardi.  “We look forward to an inclusive and dynamic session that will help bring our 7 Actionable Principles to life for Virginia nonprofits, funders, and partners as we all work together towards thriving, just and equitable communities.”


About Center for Nonprofit Excellence

The Center for Nonprofit Excellence (CNE) believes we can best strengthen the social impact sector by investing in the people and organizations that build community.   We mentor, train, coach, advocate and partner with our members and community organizations at large so they can be positive, powerful agents for community change.  We help social impact organizations build the foundations of strong leadership, effective governance and skilled, motivated and inspired staff.  With direct engagement with over 710 nonprofit organizations last year alone, and established strong partnerships with regional funders across the state, CNE has built a diverse, progressive, dynamic community of practice.  CNE invests in nonprofits because healthy nonprofits power equitable, thriving, and just communities.