Last month, CCS was proud to be a sponsor of AFP-DC’s African-American Affinity Group Reception and Panel Discussion: The Role of Philanthropy in Social Justice, hosted at the National Geographic Society. The event was held in collaboration with the chapter’s Diversity Committee during the week of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 46th Annual Legislative Conference in Washington.

The distinguished panel included Susan Taylor Batten, President and CEO of ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities; Cornell William Brooks, President and CEO of the NAACP; and Leslie Gross-Davis, Program Director, Equality Fund, Open Society Foundations. These speakers highlighted the impact of philanthropy on social justice from a historical and contemporary perspective. “We must make this fight multi-generational as we combat social justice issues and achieve reform,” said Cornell Brooks. Susan Batten added, “It takes risks and long-term investments to affect change,” in talking about how people and philanthropic organizations alike can contribute.

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