Addressing African American Philanthropy
Los Angeles, CA – Liberty Hill Foundation has commissioned a study of African American philanthropy in Los Angeles for the purpose of moving beyond the question of whether African Americans give in comparable numbers to other racial groups and toward how and why they give their support, particularly for community organizing and social justice.
"Giving Black in Los Angeles is a very significant report for Los Angeles and for the African American community across America," said Kafi D. Blumenfield, President and CEO of Liberty Hill Foundation. "Historically African Americans have seen ourselves as givers and not as philanthropists, and despite our rich tradition of giving, we have been perceived by others only as recipients of philanthropic dollars.
With the financial successes of many African Americans over the last half century, that perception must change. With financial success comes greater interest, consideration and sophistication in our philanthropic efforts. Our findings represent just the beginning of intensifying interest within the African American community about our philanthropic assets and power, and how to deploy them."
Three donor profiles emerged from the report which was authored by Professor Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. The donor profiles are based on reports of discretionary income allocations, focus of charitable giving, motivation, levels of education and religious involvement.
The donors are as follows:
- The "Building the Black Community" Donor. Donors more concerned that their dollars go to organizations that target African American recipients than other respondents.
- The "Issue Impact" Donor. Donors more concerned with the issues they care about than the identity of the people affected by the issues.
- The "Hardwired To Give" Donor. Donors that embrace giving as part of their personal identity, but are also identifiable by their public as well as their private behavior.
- Giving Black in Los Angeles: Donor Profiles and Opportunities for the Future - also suggests ways in which African American philanthropy, particularly giving focused on social justice, might be grown. Ange-Marie Hancock, author of the report, said: "There are many surprises in this study. Many people who are familiar with the traditions of giving in African American communities assume we give only to the church. They will be surprised by our findings which indicate that African American giving extends far beyond the church."
- The study was made possible by grants from Rockefeller Philanthropy Associates, The California Endowment, and Tides.
[Liberty Hill Foundation is first to identify community leaders at the frontlines of change. We invest in change makers and equip them with the skills and relationships they need to build power and advance social justice. After more than 30 years, Liberty Hill is uniquely positioned to bring together forces for change and forge a common agenda for equality and opportunity in Los Angeles. Liberty Hill: Change. Not Charity. www.LibertyHill.org/GivingBlack.]