Past Events

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Dialogues in Leadership 

In conversation with Alvin Louis Starks

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Philanthropy New York

79 Fifth Ave., 4th Floor

New York, NY 10003

4:15pm – 6:00pm


Black Communities and Philanthropy: 

A conversation on past trends, current challenges, and the future.


The NYBIP Leadership Team would like to extend our deepest thanks to all of you who joined us at the July 18th NYBIP Breakfast - Black Communities and Philanthropy, with Maya Wiley, Founder and President of the Center for Social Inclusion.

Thank you for helping us launch our four-part series to inform and shape NYBIP’s work plan for 2013.  We share our gratitude to the Center for Social Inclusion for launching our program series and Philanthropy New York for co-sponsoring this important event.  We especially want to acknowledge and sincerely thank Maya Wiley, Mark Monteverdi and Nur Ibrahim.

You can download a copy of the Powerpoint Presentation here.

NYBIP Breakfast Event on Black Communities and Philanthropy Part1

NYBIP Breakfast Event on Black Communities and Philanthropy Part.2

To join as NYBIP Member, Ally or Institutional Member, please complete this form: NYBIP Membership Application Form

We look forward to working with and seeing you again soon!

With Warm Regards,
NYBIP Leadership Team

March 16 Breakfast Event on Philanthropy in African American Communities:

"What Black Philanthropy Needs Now" is a breakfast event occurring this Friday, March 16, 2012 that will discuss philanthropy in black communities. Melissa L. Bradley, CEO of Tides Foundation, and Nathaniel “Toby” Thompkins, vice president of Twenty-First Century Foundation powered by Tides, will host the event. From 8:30 am to noon, they will engage members of the social and racial justice community to discuss challenges and opportunities. The event will occur at the Foundation Center: 79 Fifth Avenue, 2nd Floor, New York, NY, and it will help inform a thought paper. If you'd like to attend, you'll need to e-mail ASAP:

Thank you,

The NYBIP Leadership Team

NYBIP Fall 2011 Leadership Team Meeting

The best way to increase your impact is to get involved! NYBIP will have its first open meeting on September 14th and we invite you to join us. You don't have to be on the leadership team or even a member. We're looking to hear new ideas, generate new energy, and gain new teammates as we continue our work.

Meeting Details
Date: Wednesday, September 14
Time: 4-6 pm
Place: Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
           6 East 39th Street
           12th Floor
           New York, NY 10016

The meeting will focus on planning details for NYBIP's fall events and on strategizing how the organization can continue to grow during the upcoming year. You'll have a chance to be creative, voice your ideas, and work with us to make them happen. You'll also learn how to sign up as a member and to participate on the leadership team and on working groups. Opportunities are wide open!

All that we ask is that you RSVP by clicking the following link so that we know how many attendees to plan for:

Thank you!

The NYBIP Leadership Team
New York Blacks in Philanthropy is a fiscally sponsored project of Philanthropy New York

Sun on the Terrace at NYBIP's Summer Mixer

The NYBIP Leadership Team would like to extend our deepest thanks to all of you who joined us on Thursday for Sun on the Terrace at Atlantic Philanthropies.   We are excited to officially launch the NYBIP membership structure with colleagues, allies, and supporters. 

We will follow up with those who expressed an interest in joining NYBIP and welcome all of you to join as members, allies or institutional members.  Together, we are building a community of support and leadership towards improving the quality of life for Black communities across the New York City metropolitan area. 

We share our gratitude to Atlantic Philanthropies for hosting and co-sponsoring this important event.  We especially want to acknowledge and sincerely thank Blacks Give Back, Stacey Easterling and Michael Cykoski, and Gara LaMarche, President & CEO – for his consistent support of NYBIP.

To stay informed about NYBIP events and activities please visit us:

We look forward to working with and seeing you again soon!
With Warm Regards,

NYBIP Leadership Team

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy
Asian Women Giving Circle
Association of Black Foundation Executives
Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
Funders for LGBTQ Issues
Hispanics in Philanthropy
JAG 2.0
Native Americans in Philanthropy &
New York Blacks in Philanthropy


Cordially invite you to the


2010 Joint Affinity Group Winter Party

Date & Time: Thursday, December 16th│6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Venue: Colors │417 Lafayette Street
(Between East 4th Street & Astor Place)

Music and good vibes provided by the NYC BrainTrust.

Appetizers will be served throughout the evening and a cash bar will be available.

 The Role of Arts and Media to Inspire Black Social Justice Movements



Featuring guest speaker

Michelle Coffey, Executive Director

Lambent Foundation


Friday, September 10, 2010 from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

International Center of Photography

1133 Ave of the Americas @ 43rdStreet

Museum Admission (Suggested): $10.00


 Learn how artists and arts organizations are valued tools for community economic, educational and cultural revitalization.  Participants will view the “For All the World to See”, an exhibit that chronicles the art and media of the civil rights era.   The collection includes 230 photos, personal objects and television images that document the movements’ uncanny ability to educate the public and transform the laws, culture and racial attitudes of modern society.  


After the exhibit participants will hear from Michelle Coffey, Executive Director of the Lambent Foundation.  Colleagues working in philanthropy will discuss how to develop programs and initiatives that intersect arts and culture to advance social justice movements. 

NYBIP will provide a forum to explore how to leverage resources on behalf of arts and culture to foster stronger communities for artists.
A program of New York City Blacks in Philanthropy’s
Professional Development Series


Join Us at Martha's Vineyard!

Dear colleagues:

In June, we sent you an e-mail about a retreat for Blacks in Philanthropy that will occur on Wednesday, August 18 at Martha's Vineyard Regional High School. We just received some updated information about the event and want to share it with you.

The event is centered around the annual summer symposium sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice.  In June, we didn't have the line up of speakers and a schedule. But we do now. We've reprinted it below with a link to the website itself. We hope that you will join us, and if you do, please contact us. We're organizing a dinner for BIP attendees the night before and would like to include you in the plans!


NY Blacks in Philanthropy

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Annual Martha's Vineyard Forum: Race, Religion and Reason
Wednesday, August 18, 2010, 11:00 AM
Martha's Vineyard Performing Arts Center, Martha's Vineyard Regional High School
Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd, Oak Bluffs, MA
11:00 AM: "The Dunbar Story: Achieving Success in an Era of Segregation" - A discussion with alumni of Washington, DC's historic Dunbar High School.
Dr. James Bowman
Ms. Laura Cole
Professor Adelaide Cromwell
Dr. Howard Nelson
Mr. John Rector

2:00 PM: "Race, Religion and Reason" - Panelists will consider the intersection of these three dimensions of American life, and address some of the perplexing problems we face nationally and globally in addressing race- and religion-based discrimination.
Professor J. Kameron Carter, Duke Divinity School
Professor Stephen L. Carter, Yale Law School
Professor Eddie Glaude, Jr., Princeton University
Professor Leslie M. Harris, Emory University
Professor Melissa Harris-Lacewell, Princeton University
Professor J. Bryan Hehir, Harvard Kennedy School
Professor Mark Lilla, Columbia University
Professor Nell Irvin Painter, Princeton University

Also including a special tribute to Brother Blue.

For Your Information:

There is no formal RSVP process for this event.
Seating and parking are limited, so please arrive early. Doors will open at 9:00 AM.
Accommodations: If you are a person with a disability requesting a reasonable accommodation in order to attend this event, please contact us at least two weeks in advance.

Greetings NYBIP Colleagues and Guests:

On behalf of NYBIP, the Member Connections Work Group would like to acknowledge and extend our gratitude to everyone who joined us on Tuesday, June 29th  at Colors Restaurant for an evening of celebration, networking, and fun.

A NYBIP toast was made to our colleague Joelle Fontaine, who is moving on to new beginnings with the Kellogg Foundation, current NYBIP participants connected for the first time, and former participants re-connected. We also introduced new prospects to NYBIP.

We would like to acknowledge Colors and its wonderful staff who attentively and warmly provided service to us throughout the evening.

During the evening, some of our guests expressed excitement and interest in learning more about NYBIP. We appreciate your interest.  We also encourage you to stay in touch by speaking with current NYBIP participants, attending NYBIP events, joining one of the NYBIP Work Groups (Member Connections, Professional Development, Investments, Communications, or Budgeting), and becoming active in the development and building of NYBIP.

Once again we thank you supporting NYBIP and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

With Warm Regards,

TUESDAY June29th
Please join NYBIP for a Happy Hour at

Colors Lounge!

Join us as we kick-off the Summer season and reconnect with colleagues and friends.

This event is open to the larger NYBIP community so please feel free to invite a friend!


Tuesday, June 29th

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Colors Restaurant
417 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10003


Cash bar
(Happy Hour 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM)

Appetizers and small bites available for purchase as well

About Colors:  Colors has a great social justice mission:  Initially founded in April 2002, to provide support to restaurant workers displaced from the World Trade Center as a result of the September 11th tragedy, ROC-NY has expanded to advocate for improved working conditions for restaurant workers citywide. To improve working conditions and raise standards in the industry, ROC-NY created a multi-pronged strategy to surround the industry.

Thank You

Dear Colleagues:
New York Blacks in Philanthropy would like to thank those of you who were able to attend the event on Thursday, April 22 at The Atlantic Philanthropies: How (and When) Foundations Work Together: Lessons transferrable to philanthropic investments in the black community.
Over 30 attendees heard Senior Vice President Marcia Smith of The Atlantic Philanthropies and Senior Program Director Fred Davie of Arcus Foundation discuss their personal experiences working to support black communities in New York and across the country. The discussion revealed how Smith and Davie have worked to build collaborations that break down silos, the need to build the infrastructure for advocacy within the black church, and the challenges of building support for work in black communities in a society that views itself as post-racial since the election of President Barack Obama.
The resources below provide information that supplements the discussion and the engaging question-and-answer session that followed it.
Save the Date: Come to Our Next Event on June 1
We hope we’ll see you at the NY BIP summer mixer event on June 1. Save the date and check your e-mail box for details in May.

·         Funder Collaboratives by GrantCraft
When it comes to funder collaboratives, is the whole truly greater than the sum of its parts?
·         Intersectionality
More on Kimberle Crenshaw:
·         Targeted Universalism (or Post-Racialism)
Defined by John Powell:
More on John Powell:
·         Article “Call and Response on the State of the Black Church”
Describes the black church’s role in advocacy and building communities:

We thank you again for attending the event and look forward to seeing you again soon.

NY Blacks in Philanthropy

NYBIP Work Group Gathering!

Friday, April 9th

6:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Canterella Residence
144 West 86th Street (between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues)

Please note that this event is only open to WG participants

 The NYBIP Member Connections Work Group (MCWG) welcomes all Work Group members to our April 9th gathering.  We hope this will be a great and much needed opportunity for work group members to meet and connect in person.The event will be graciously hosted at the home of Marcia Canterella (, an associate of
NYBIP member Bernadette Anderson.

The Association of Black Foundation Executives

in partnership with

Headwaters Foundation for Justice


New York Blacks in Philanthropy



Models of Community Building and Policy Change

The African American Urban Agenda



Friday, March 19

12 to 1:30 p.m. (lunch will be served)

ABFE Offices

333 7th Avenue / 14th Floor

New York, NY 10001


In a time that is ripe for change, alternative models of community engagement are gaining foothold.  New levels of creativity and new models of leadership are emerging in the African American community.  Join us for lunch and conversation with Trista Harris, Executive Director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice in Minneapolis, one of four cities where the newly organized African American Leadership Forum is creating an urban policy agenda by and for African Americans, connecting leaders from the grassroots to the grasstops.


We are who we have been waiting for


Click Here to download hand-outs from this meeting.
Trista Harris at Headwaters Foundation for Justice for more information.

The NYBIP Member Connections Working Group would like to thank all of you who joined us last week (Feb. 19th) for such an amazing evening of music, spoken word and energy. We hope you had a chance to connect and share with the NYBIP network and hope that you will join us again at future events.

Thank You,

NYBIP Member Connections Working Group




Black Women In Jazz: A Tribute To The Women Who Made The Music

A Special Live Jazz Performance Featuring Marjorie Eliot

Date:  Friday, February 19, 2010

Time:  6:30 PM - 9:30 PM (*Reception from 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM)



The Graduate Center

365 Fifth Avenue, between 34th & 35th Streets

Elebash Recital Hall

New York, NY 10016


Event Description:

The Institute for Research on the African Diaspora in the Americas and the Caribbean and Marjorie Eliot brings her Sunday Jazz concert to The Graduate Center in honor of the contributions made to Jazz music by women. The set will feature music by the legendary artists: Mary Lou Williams, Betty Carter, KoKo Taylor among others. Every Sunday for eighteen years, rain or shine, with no vacations, a jazz concert has taken place in the parlor of Marjorie Eliot's home in what she calls the northern tip of Harlem. Her weekly free concerts in the living room of her apartment are legendary in Harlem and an institution for jazz lovers citywide.

*The reception which follows the performance will also be a great opportunity for members to meet, connect and network. 

The event is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP to Habiba Koroma at NYBIP

We hope that you all will be able to join in on the celebration and fun.  

NYBIP 2009 End of the Year Holiday Mixer

Dear Colleagues –

A short note to express our gratitude for joining us this year as we developed & launched New York Blacks in Philanthropy!  We also thank the Brooklyn Community Foundation for hosting our 2009 end of the year Holiday mixer. We are excited to continue into 2010 – please stay tuned for professional development opportunities, mixers/meet & greets and strategic dialogues about how we can collectively leverage investments for Black communities. 

-New York Blacks in Philanthropy Planning Committee