Lunch & Learn Series 2020

Join us for the free “2020 Black Philanthropy Month Lunch & Learn Webinar Series”.

These roundtable discussions and educational seminars will focus on social justice, racial equity, nonprofit growth, civic engagement, and black charitable giving.

You’ll get an opportunity to hear from some of St. Louis’s brightest Black Nonprofit Professionals, Activists, Elected Officials & Subject Matter Experts!

August is Black Philanthropy Month. Consider becoming a member of Black Funders of St. Louis today. Non-membership donations are also welcome.

Your gift will provide financial support to Black-led nonprofits in the St. Louis Region and support activities like this webinar series.

Webinar Topics

Black-Led Nonprofits & Social Change Movements (Roundtable) 

Tuesday, July 28, 11:00AM – 12:30PM

Should Black-led nonprofits get involved in social justice movements?

  • Jamala Rogers, Organization of Black Struggle
  • Angela Fleming Brown, CEO, Regional Health Commission
  • Keaira Anderson, Former Exec. Dir. of Cornerstone Community Development Corp
  • Allison Gibbs, Director of Leadership Development/Special Projects, WEPower

Surviving the Economic Downturn, Nonprofit Finances

Tuesday, Aug. 4, 11:00AM – 12:00:PM

Back by popular demand for a full session dedicated to finances during economic decline.

  • Kim Stemley, Former Exec. VP, Business Development and CFO of Rx Outreach

The Leaders We Need, Nonprofit Board Development

Tuesday, Aug. 11, 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Governing nonprofits, racial equity, and steering organizational success.

  • Marissa Q. Paine, CEO of Painefree Coaching & Consulting, Organizational Change Consultant

Give the People What They Want: Client-Based Program Design 

Friday, August 21, 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Creating programs that respond to real-time needs and resonate with funders.

  • Vetta Sanders-Thompson, Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion & Equity, Washington University of St. Louis

Civic Engagement & Voting (Roundtable) 

Tuesday, Aug. 25, 11:00AM – 12:30PM

What is civic engagement, and should Black people be spectators or agents of change?

  • Rasheen Aldridge State Rep & Expect Us Organizer
  • Don Calloway, CEO, Pine Street Strategies
  • Kimberly M. Gardner, Circuit Attorney for the City of St. Louis
  • Kayla Reed, Exec. Dir., Action St. Louis
  • Additional panelists to be announced!

The Power of Giving (National Roundtable)

Saturday, Aug. 29, 11:00AM – 12:30PM

Black-Led Giving Circles from across the United States talk about philanthropy and giving back to the communities they love.

  • Valaida Fullwood, Architect of Black Philanthropy Month & New Generation of African American Philanthropists (Charlotte)
  • Akira Barclay, Southside Giving Circle (Chicago)
  • Maranda Witherspoon-Richardson, Black Funders of St. Louis
  • Ciara Coleman, Founder with The Purposeful Project (New Orleans)
  • Alison T. McNeil, Maynor Bigger Artists Fund (Hampton)
  • Tracey Webb, Architect of Black Philanthropy Month &  Black Benefactors (Washington D.C.)
  • Additional panelists to be announced!

Timely & Relevant

This webinar series was designed with COVID-19 & recent Calls for Racial Equity in mind. You’ll hear panelists give their perspective on how these issues impact the Black community and Black-led nonprofits and what role you can play in affecting change.