Reported by Nigel Boys
Although they are one of the nation’s minority communities, and most of them are born into poorer families, African-Americans are far more likely to share what little they have with others than their usually richer white counterparts, according to research.
According to a report conducted by the W.K Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) titled “Cultures of Giving: Energizing and Expanding Philanthropy by and for Communities of Colors,” African-Americans donate about 25 percent more of their incomes than their white counterparts.
The WKKF report also showed that while most people believe philanthropists are usually white, there are a growing number of Black people that are starting to increase their wealth and share their good fortune.
Sterling Speirn, CEO and President of the foundation, which was established in 1930 and is now the seventh largest philanthropic foundation in the U.S., said that over the past few years, more people from every income bracket have started charitable giving, especially those from minority communities.
The report adds that Black people have always been one of the most charitable, even though most of them were not born into affluence. It continues that since the first African-American fund was established in the 1920s, their giving has shown the most consistent growth of any community over the last forty years.
According to New York psychologist Dr. Jeff Gardere, Black people were taught in their early churches to help their communities by giving tithes. He adds that since it began in the churches and has been established for many years, people of color find it easier to give to other causes outside of their houses of worship.
Gardere went on to say, “People in these communities feel a responsibility to give because they know their people are at risk.” He continued, “For those with more disposable income it becomes a duty to give back, a moral obligation, to support those in need.”
According to Tracey Webb, founder of the website BlackGivesBack, Denzel Washington topped their 2011 survey of celebrity philanthropists when he gave $2.25 million to his alma mater, Fordham University.
Webb goes on to say that most African-Americans give back to causes which have had the greatest impact on their lives. She adds that at the top of their list of charitable donations to organizations are those to education, youth projects, and medical aid/research.