Black History Month has always represented an exciting time for me to explore heritage and honor heroes. Studying the accomplishments of diverse trailblazers and thought leaders provides a reflection of achievement that we as a community can identify with. This year, I plan to capitalize on the celebration by highlighting service opportunities, encouraging diverse groups to participate in philanthropy, and advancing the common good.
Recently, United Way Worldwide published a Diversity and Inclusion Statement of Principle. The statement argues that innovative solutions are a result of diverse volunteers, board members and stakeholders sharing a multitude of experiences to solve complex community problems. United Way of Greater Atlanta is an example of this principle at work. In particular, we have a longstanding affinity group for leadership donors, The African-American Partnership (AAP), that has successfully provided diverse talent and resources to philanthropy for over a decade.
AAP includes more than 1,000 leadership donors who each contribute $1,000+ to the Greater Atlanta community. AAP is governed by a high-energy group of 25 top executives who plan volunteer and social networking opportunities throughout the year for AAP members.
This year, AAP has adopted a signature focus on young African-American males. Though faced with challenging statistics in Greater Atlanta that include gaps in graduation rates, S.T.E.M. education, etc., AAP has created a work plan to begin addressing these issues. Please take a moment to view the video link below that recaps a fall event where AAP hosted 75 students to engage them on college interest, career options, philanthropy and encourage economic literacy.
Click here to view the video.
Click here to visit AAP on Facebook.
Bryan Vinson is the Director of United Way of Greater Atlanta’s African-American Partnership. He can be reached at [email protected]