New Generation of African American Philanthropists


Members and grantees of the New Generation of African American Philanthropists-Charlotte. Seated (left to right): Donna Murray Lacey (Project HealthShare) and Carson Dean (Men’s Shelter of Charlotte). Second row: Renee Bradford, Valaida Fullwood, Cathy Peterson, Fontella McKyer, Jenene Seymour and Rashad Davis. Back row: Ed Franklin and Eric Law.

About the Fund
In 2006 the African American Community Foundation (a special program of Foundation For The Carolinas) committed resources for the creation of a collective giving fund as a way to build reciprocal relationships, establish trust and increase investments to enrich the community. The fund was created to fulfill the African American Community Foundation’s mission to serve as a center for African American philanthropic development.

New Generation of African American Philanthropists envisions a healthy, safe and prosperous community for African American families to live work and flourish. The group raises awareness of philanthropy and leverages its collective capital to foster change, transformation and development in the community.

Members of New Generation of African American Philanthropists are committed to maximizing African American leadership in philanthropy and give their time, talent and treasure. The group has created deliberative processes centered on learning, knowledge, collaboration and consensus in an effort to develop a strong and sustainable collective giving fund. New Generation of African American Philanthropists is a member of the Community Investment Network.  

To promote philanthropy—the giving of time, talent and resources—among African Americans in the Charlotte region, with the goal of enhancing the quality of life within our communities.

How it Works
Members pledge $1 per day for three years for a total commitment of $1,095. Member donations will be pooled and used to award grants to nonprofit organizations that meet the grantmaking criteria of New Generation of African American Philanthropists.

Primary goals of the fund are to increase public awareness about African American philanthropy, to invest resources directly into nonprofit groups and causes addressing issues that adversely affect a disproportionate number of African Americans, and to close gaps by focusing on substantiated needs in the African American community.

How to Apply
New Generation of African American Philanthropists offers two windows each year for new members to join. 2012 membership opportunities are available May through July and October through December. 

For More Information:
Contact David Snider, Vice President, Community Programs & Civic Leadership, Foundation For The Carolinas, at or 704.973.4528.

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Members of New Generation of African American Philanthropists

Men Tchaas Ari
Renee L. Bradford
Deborah Charles
Rashad Davis
Tonya Edwards
Dawn Fisher
Ed Franklin
Diatra Fullwood
Valaida Fullwood
Melandee Jones
Ohmar Land
Eric Law
Tameka Lester
Patricia Martelly
Jennifer Miles
Vernetta Mitchell
Cathy Peterson
Meka Sales
Jenene Seymour
Jehan Shamsid-Deen
Annette Taylor
Heather Carty Ward

For more information contact:

David Snider
Vice President
Community Programs & Civic Leadership