August is Black Philanthropy Month

A global celebration and concerted campaign to elevate African-descent giving

Black-led/benefiting Orgs
Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), observed every August, was launched to commemorate the United Nations Year and Decade of People of African Descent. According to BlackPhilanthropyMonth.com, BPM has "reached roughly 17 million people and become an increasingly year-round, diasporic initiative that illuminates the ingenuity and transformative impact of generosity in Black communities.

"Primary aims of BPM are informing, involving, inspiring and investing in Black philanthropic leadership to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms, for the benefit of our planet, our communities, our organizations and our lives." 

In the Omaha metro, Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) is, as I Be Black Girl expresses, not only to lift Black folks who donate and invest in social initiatives, but a call to action to push dollars to Black-led projects and organizations.

GET INVOLVED

Abide  works to revitalize the inner city, one neighborhood at a time. 
     Volunteer at their City Serve Day  
     Invest in North Omaha

Black and Pink  is dedicated to dismantling the criminal punishment system and undoing the harm it causes to LGBTQ people and people living with HIV.
     Invest in their TRANSitions housing program
     Become a pen pal 

Empowerment Network 
transforms the economic condition and quality of life of African-Americans, North Omaha residents, and citizens of greater Omaha by building wealth, creating strong families, preparing successful children, and rebuilding thriving neighborhoods.
     Invest in closing gaps in the community
     See their upcoming events

Great Plains Black History Museum  
is the only museum in Nebraska whose sole focus is on the rich history of African Americans. 
     Support their work promoting Black history

     Attend a virtual museum event 

Global Leadership Group    is restoring North 24th Street so strong families can live, vibrant businesses thrive and beautiful neighborhoods can grow there. 
     Attend a monthly neigborhood cleanup
     Invest in North Omaha

I Be Black Girl creates space for Black identifying women and girls to grow, connect and give, and challenges Black folks and non-Black partners/allies to invest in Black women and girls.
     Invest in Black women and girls
     See their upcoming events

No More Empty Pots 
connects individuals and groups to improve self-sufficiency, regional food security, and economic resilience of urban and rural communities through advocacy and action.
     Help feed your neighbors
     Invest in ending food insecurity


NorthStar Foundation is home to north Omaha boys in 3rd-12th grade where they build tools and skills to graduate on time and to attain future education and employment.
    View a film made with students about their #BLM experience
     Support their programs for Black young men

Pear Tree Performing Arts 
serves diverse students, primarily African American youth, through arts instruction rooted in cultural relevance, awareness, and significance.
     Invest in arts education for Black youth

You Go Girl  encourages.empowers, and inspires a diverse population of girls and women in order to end the cycle of self-doubt and low self-esteem.
     Support their work serving all young women
     Purchase needed items

Please check back often for more ways to get involved in Black Philanthropy Month in the Omaha/Council Bluffs metro!

#BPM2020
Omaha Community Foundation
Black Philanthropy Month blogs
Black Philanthropy Month Encourages Investment in Black-led Organizations

Black Philanthropy Month Events

Aug
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August 1, 2020 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm
I Be Black Girl
Aug
5
August 5, 2020 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
I Be Black Girl
Aug
31
August 31, 2020 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm
I Be Black Girl
Aug
9
August 9, 2020 -
1:30am to 11:30pm
Nebraska Early Childhood Collaborative
Aug
18
August 18, 2020 -
11:00am to 12:00pm
Great Plains Black History Museum

Stories

April 21st, 2020 - NOTE: This blog was written prior to the COVID-19 pandemic reaching the Midwest. While we at SHARE Omaha worked to respond to coronavirus needs, this recap of an important Young Professional Summit session was put on hold. Although March 13th YP Summit feels as if it occurred in another lifetime, the message shared during the ‘Be the best ally!’ session is relevant now. When we begin to leave our homes again, we have an opportunity to declare anew who we want to be as community members. We can be allies in action. Are you an ally? Are you the best possible ally? Have no clue what an “ally” is? (That’s okay! Let’s listen together.) At the Greater Omaha Chamber’s Young Professional Summit, Erik Servellon of the Tri-Faith Initiative moderated a powerful panel that explained terminology, debunked myths and provided the framework needed to be the best ally to diverse communities.   Moderator: Erik Servellon, Tri-Faith Initiative Panelists: Ina Bhoopalam, Dream Equal, Roger Garcia,...