As Black Philanthropy Month comes to an end, I reflect on how informal philanthropy is often overlooked – giving our time and talent, sending money to our motherlands and giving to our church. Rightly so, the likes of Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett and George Soros come to mind when we think of philanthropy.
Throughout history, kind and generous givers have always risen to the occasion and responded to difficult times we face as a nation. The current global pandemic has been no different. In fact, generous giving by corporations, foundations, and individuals, including faith-based and other sources, recently reached $7.8 billion worldwide, surpassing records set by natural disasters.