The Soul of Philanthropy (TSOP) reframes portraits of philanthropy. It comprises highly innovative presentations of over a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 black-and-white images. Created by Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles W. Thomas, the exhibition conjures philanthropic musings across generations.
A robust offering of talks, panel discussions and public forums accompany the exhibition. It allows groups to explore a broad range of topics igniting a movement of conscious philanthropy by empowering a generation of Americans to recognize their power and responsibility to give back.
The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland
The characteristics, impact, and legacy of African-American charitable giving is an untold narrative in the story of American philanthropy. Black communities have significant giving power. Two-thirds of Black households give $11 billion charitable dollars. Despite Black households just having six percent of the wealth of white households, they give 25 percent more than their white counterparts. Traditional philanthropy does not account for the many informal giving pathways in which African-American communities participate, and tend to overlook people of color in traditional giving spaces.
The Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland (TSOPCLE) is a collaboration of civic and community leaders, volunteer activists and philanthropists in Greater Cleveland. They united to create a vehicle that will educate and inform audiences about the rich history of African-American charitable giving. Inspired by TSOP, the TSOPCLE Exhibition will create a vehicle to tell the stories of philanthropy and empower communities of color.
TSOPCLE Exhibition —
Celebrate Those Who Give Black
TSOPCLE exhibition, Celebrate Those Who Give Black, will present a collection of historic and contemporary stories and images about Black philanthropy in our region. The Celebrate Those Who Give Black exhibit will remain on display after the national TSOP exhibition. This inaugural Cleveland exhibition is designed to tell the story of Black philanthropy in Cleveland by honoring the past, celebrating the present and inspiring the future. We will enlist the community to nominate emerging philanthropists, young philanthropists, and hidden philanthropists. Through the many faces and stories of community generosity, we celebrate those who give Black.
Teleangé Thomas, Director, Foundation Center Midwest
Cecil Lipscomb, Executive Director, United Black Fund
Susan Hall, Coordinator of African-American History, Indiana Historical Society
Kevin Johnson, Managing Partner, NexGen Interactive
Arlene Watson, TSOPCLE Program Director
TSOPCLE SUB COMMITTEE CHAIRS
Development Committee Chair
Marvin Montgomery, The Sales Doctor, Montgomery & Associates
Marketing and Communications Committee Chair
Lauren R. Welch, Karamu, Director, Marketing + Communications
Programming Committee Chair
Cheryl Perez, President, B.I.G.- HR
Community Engagement Chair
Tim Tramble, Sr., Executive Director, Burten Bell Carr Development Corporation
Exhibition Committee Chair
Belva Denmark Tibbs, Board of Directors, immediate past Board Chair, Saint Luke’s Foundation of Cleveland
TSOPCLE HOST COMMITTEE
Teresa Metcalf Beasley
J. Burner Crew
NeCole and Orlando Cumberlander
Cynthia Moore Hardy
Michael and Areli Jeans
Peter Lawson Jones
Jennifer and Ray Leach
Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew
Robyn Minter Smyers
Lee Trotter and Lolly McDavid
E. Mark Young
Jill Miller Zimon
Cleveland Black Equity & Humanity Fund
The Cleveland Black Equity and Humanity Fund (CBEHF) is one of a number of sustainable outcomes resulting from the 2019 Soul of Philanthropy Cleveland exhibition. The vision is a sustainable fund, seeded by African-Americans and community allies that can support and facilitate philanthropic investment in causes and issues that promote and support Black-led social and economic change throughout northeast Ohio.
The fund endeavors to encourage the development and focus of institutional, political, and philanthropic influence in Cleveland’s Black community. The CBEHF intends to address the specific issues impacting the Black community, while expanding the capacity for multiracial coalitions to engage in issues of racial, social, and economic justice. The desired outcome of the CBEHF’s activities and investments is an empowered, thriving Black community. It’s a community positioned to be an active, impactful partner, joined with those entities involved in planning and executing the resurgence of community in and around Cleveland, Ohio.
The CBEHF will be managed by, and funds distributed at the direction of, a group of local civic leaders and community stakeholders. The fund will be professionally invested by local investment managers and disbursed by United Black Fund.
Cleveland History Center: Exhibit Location
The Cleveland History Center of the Western Reserve Historical Society houses exhibits that tell the story of Northeast Ohio through items, documents and artifacts. Through the use of the Western Reserve Historical Society’s extensive collections, the Cleveland History Center provides the public with a much-needed sense of place in today’s mobile society. Each document and artifact tells a story that personally engages individuals, young and old, to make these stories come alive. The Cleveland History Center is the long-time home to Cleveland’s African-American archives.