Posted February 27, 2014 by Editorial Staff in 2014

Black Philanthropy highlighted at 20th Anniversary BABIP Celebration and Community Impact Awards

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Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Location: St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco
Pictured: Community Impact Awardees: Jim Hill, Colin Lacon, Oral Lee Brown, George Pressley, Arnold Perkins, Joe Brooks, Gwyneth Borden, Peggy Woodford Forbes, Harry Bremond, Dwayne Jones
Photos by: Ramsey El-Qare Photography

San Francisco, California – On February 27, 2014, Bay Area Blacks In Philanthropy (BABIP) celebrated its 20th Anniversary at the St. Regis Hotel San Francisco. BABIP was founded in the early 1990s as a regional membership organization serving the needs of philanthropic professionals, individual donors, and Black community-serving nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Jackie Copeland-Carson, President of Copeland Carson & Associates and founder of Black Philanthropy Month,delivered the keynote address. “Black philanthropy expresses a faith in a future where hurt can be healed, hope redeemed and justice nurtured,” said Dr. Copeland-Carson. “Especially in these days and times, this faith in giving to create a better future needs to be a basic tenet of our culture to counter the rising tide of cynicism, pessimism and apathy emerging in some corners of our community.”

Guests were treated to a fun-filled evening of music, delicacies, and the presence of award-winning KTVU Channel 2 News Anchor, Dave Clark, as the program’s emcee. “Tonight’s wide range of guests – individual philanthropists and non-profit, foundation, and civic leaders – are a testament to the sweeping impact Bay Area Blacks In Philanthropy has in our community. The work of this organization to hold up what is working in Black philanthropy is second to none.”

Seven leading figures in the Bay Area’s Black philanthropic community were awarded with Community Impact Awards. Recipients included Gwyneth Borden (Golden Gate Restaurant Association), Harry Bremond (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, ret.) and Peggy Woodford Forbes (Woodford Capital Management, ret.), The Brotherhood of Elders (id.), Oral Lee Brown (Oral Lee Brown Foundation), Dwayne Jones (Urban Academy), and Colin Lacon (Grantmakers of Northern California).

“By joining BABIP, we collectively leverage the talents of so many,” said Peggy Woodford Forbes.

All awardees received a handcrafted Shona sculpture designed by Zimbabwean artist, Bronson Gengezha. Each recipient also gave remarks; touching upon their varied entry points into the world of philanthropy and why they continue to give.

Event sponsors included the Akonadi Foundation, East Bay Community Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, Marin Community Foundation, Morgan Stanley, and Silicon Valley Community Foundation, The Whitman Institute, and Vic Bacigalupi.

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