The African American Philanthropy Committee (AAPC) convened for the first time in March 2019. The committee promotes, increases, and supports philanthropy in the Black communities throughout the Midlands.

Committee Members: Felecia Rhue Howard (Co-Chair), Kara Simmons (Co-Chair), Rachel Bourke, Anita Garrett, John Gethers, Pastor Carey Grady, Kyle Greene, Lauren Greene, Jackie Griffin, Pat Hudson, David Pendergrass, Jennifer Clyburn Reed,  and Ashley Thomas.


AAPC’s purpose is twofold:

  1. To redefine the philanthropic narrative in our community through education efforts focused on educating donors of all races on ways to invest in the Black community.
  2. To impact the sustainability and growth of black-led and black-serving nonprofits in our community by serving as a resource hub for black-led and black-serving nonprofit organizations.


The AAPC is excited to provide scholarships to attend the 2020 SC Nonprofit Summit in Columbia, South Carolina.

What is the 2020 SC Nonprofit Summit?

The 2020 SC Nonprofit Summit is hosted by Together SC and is the state’s largest and most comprehensive conference for nonprofit professionals.  The Summit will take place on March 4-March 6, 2020. This year’s theme, “Facing Race Together,” will offer an immersive learning experience to aid attendees and their organizations in better understanding and tackling issues of race, equity, and inclusion (REI).

Conference Objectives

  • Understand SC’s history and the embedded systems of advantage and disadvantage, and how these systems continue to create inequities in our state;
  • Commit to change from the inside out—examining our organizations’ practices through an REI lens;
  • Increase our confidence and ability to have courageous conversations within our personal networks, organizations, and communities;
  • Connect with in-state groups, coalitions and experts engaged in this work—our network of REI champions.

To learn more about the conference and to view the agenda, click here.


  1. Applicant must identify as Black/ African Descent
  2. Applicant must work and/or serve on the board of a nonprofit located within the 11 counties of the Midlands for a minimum of one year prior to December 1, 2019.
    1. Organizational affiliation must have an annual operating budget of $750,000.00 or less
  3. Preference will be given to individuals who work and/or serve as a board member at a black-led and black-serving nonprofit within the Midlands region. Please note, it is not a requirement that the organization identify as Black-led and Black-serving in order to receive this scholarship.
    1. Black-led and black-serving is defined as follows:
      1. At least 30% of the population the organization serves identifies as Black/African descent, AND
      2. At least 30% of the Board of Directors identify as Black /African descent, AND
      3. The organization’s Executive Director identifies as Black /African descent (OR) At least 30% of the organization’s Leadership Team (senior management level) identifies as Black/African descent.


Scholarship Amount

This scholarship will cover the full registration cost of the conference.

Benefits to Recipients’ Organization

Together SC has partnered with the AAPC to grant the first year’s membership to the organization the recipient represents. This benefit will be extended to organizations that are not already members. This will allow the organization to take advantage of other member benefits throughout the year.

Scholarship Timeline

  1. December 9, 2019 — Applications Open
  2. January 17, 2020 — Applications Close
  3. January 31, 2020 — Recipients Notified

Black Philanthropy Month

August is Black Philanthropy Month! Each year we partner with local organizations to celebrate all month long through events and stories.

Founded in 2011 by Dr. Jackie Copeland-Carson and Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network, the initiative encompasses self-organized events, community dialogue, and charitable giving across the nation.

Community members can follow the national conversation via social media by following #BPM2019. Find local BPM events here.