Board of Directors

2020-2023 Officers


Traditions of philanthropy in African American communities may not be as well known among current generations; however, upon freedom, our enslaved ancestors engaged in philanthropy – building churches and schools, donating land for newly established communities, and pooling their meager resources to establish mutual giving societies. Giving was as natural to our ancestors as the rhythm of music or colors in a sky. Many of us are familiar with tithing to our churches! But, it seems that some African Americans are not as familiar with giving outside of the church, or historical knowledge of African American philanthropists, or how philanthropy can benefit our communities as a whole.

If philanthropy is a tool used by OTHER people from outside of African American communities to create change within African American communities, why can’t African Americans create change for ourselves? 

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Latosha Isaac


Tina Sumler, MBA


Sharon W. McCall, MS

Vice President/ Founder

LaShawn Blanchard, JD

Financial Education Chair

Black Philanthropy Task Force Founding Members

New Orleans
Celu Bering
Samantha Bickham
Tonka Hudson-Foster
Christine Jordan
Ivette Smythe-Macaulay
Sheila J. Webb
Rural Communities
Dr. Martis Jones
Byron Marshall
Patricia Jackson
Baton Rouge
Vallerie Maurice
Mayo Brew Sr.
Pat Robinson
Jennifer Eplett Reilly
Mandy W. Green
Norma Reed
Willie Lloyd
Lolita Rochon
Marjorie A. Green
Valerie Jackson Jones
Rev. Marilyn Thornton
Ayana McHenry
Betty Guerin
Rev. Marjorie Thomas
Ronnie Edwards
Sharon Johnson
Ashley Shelton
Charlette Byrd
Lee T. Wesley Shantelle C. Perkins