Will Black Millennials Be The Next Wave Of Philanthropists?

By | March 6, 2013

The days of old, rich men dominating the philanthropy space are long gone. And one marketing executive wants to make sure that budding black givers take more of a starring role.

After noticing that few others were pushing young African-Americans to give charity, Ebonie Johnson Cooper, founder of Friends of Ebonie, started her marketing firm in 2009 to serve as a philanthropic resource for black millennials, according to her website. She’s now working on ramping up her efforts through her networking and panel events and her blog to redefine the face of philanthropy by pushing black millennials to give more money to causes, the Washington Post reported.

“When we think of philanthropy, we think of old, white and wealthy,” Cooper said at a recent philanthropy event for young black professionals in Washington. D.C., according to the Washington Post. “And none of us in here are that.”

That particular event, called “Defining Young Black Philanthropy,” attracted black people in their 20s and 30s from a host of industries, including government, nonprofits and business, according to the Washington Post. (Huffington Post)

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