BPM 2013: GenWhy

cropped-bpm-cin-badge-625x125-7.jpgThis summer Community Investment Network sponsored Changing the Face of Philanthropy, a two-day, NYC summit for Black Millennials. Friends of Ebonie organized the first-ever gathering of its kind focused on next-gen giving and civic engagement.

In an opening segment at the June event, we gave summit participants slips of paper on which was printed: Why I Give Back. We then asked them to express in writing their motivations for giving and to post the slips on a wall in the room.

We’ll share the nearly 20 anonymous responses we received here via blog posts over the course of Black Philanthropy Month. After reading them, feel free to share your own answer. Here’s the first response.


I am the beneficiary of being a part of a family and extended family / community that provided me with opportunities and support to pursue my goals and dreams.  Realizing just how critical and important those pieces have played in my development, I give back because others gave and invested in me. I want to help provide those  same opportunities and support for others.

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