The Rich History Behind Black Philanthropy

Nov 3, 2017


Studies suggest U.S.-born and foreign-born black donors give about $12 billion to U.S. charities and $11 billion overseas.


Altogether, the U.S. black giving economy is about $23 billion each year.


Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy is a traveling exhibit that has just opened in Atlanta at The Auburn Avenue Research Library.



It’s a living tribute to the past, present and future of black generosity. It also seeks to dispel myths around the concept of black giving.


Birgit Smith Burton of Georgia Tech
Credit Taylor Gantt/ GPB News

Birgit Smith Burton, executive director of Foundation Relations at Georgia Tech, joins us to discuss the exhibit and why it's important to highlight black giving.