Symposium on Philanthropy and the Black Church: A Necessary Collaborative

On April 27-28, 2023, the Center for the Church and the Black Experience at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary and Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy co-hosted a Symposium on Philanthropy and the Black Church. This special event brought together 70 key leaders in philanthropy and faith to start a conversation about the “necessary collaborative” between philanthropy and Black religious institutions, with attention to past efforts to build this relationship and careful consideration of challenges and opportunities in our own time.

The report is our attempt to capture key points from those conversations here, to provide a record and foundation for future work, and we conclude by noting some next steps toward a necessary collaborative between philanthropy and Black religious organizations.

Authors: Reggie Blount, Tasha Gibson, and Elizabeth Lynn

Published: 2023

Meet Our Session Speakers and Respondents

Robert M. Franklin, Jr.

Candler School of Theology at Emory University


Mark D. Constantine

Dogwood Health Trust

Cory Anderson

Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation

Debra Haggins

Hampton Ministers Conference

David D. Daniels III

McCormick Theological Seminary

Raymond C. Pierce

Southern Education Foundation

Valaida Fullwood

The Soul of Philanthropy


Stephanie Boddie

Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University

Timothy Russell

WTTW Chicago Public Media

Jeanné Lewis

Faith in Public Life

Mae Hong

Rockefeller Philanthropic Advisors

George Thorn

Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Devin Murphy

The Bridgespan Group

Nicholas Pearce

Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University

Sidney Williams

Oikos Institute

Audrey Price

The Aspen Institute