Learning to Give, Philanthropy education resources that teach giving and civic engagement

African American Perspectives
on Philanthropy
Passion, Courage & Conviction



Units/Lessons K-2 3-5 6-8 9-12 Briefing Papers Concepts in Philanthropy Profiles in Philanthropy

Profiles in Philanthropy

Profiles in Philanthropy Title: Booker T. Washington


An historical and philanthropic overview of Booker T. Washington, founder of the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama.


Profiles in Philanthropy Title: Frederick Douglass


Frederick Douglass, an influential activist for social justice in the United States and advocate for the abolition of slavery and elimination of discrimination.


Profiles in Philanthropy Title: Harriet Tubman


The story of Harriet Tubman and her escape from slavery, unyielding pursuit of freeing other slaves and battle for social reforms and justice for African-Americans.


Profiles in Philanthropy Title: Howard Baker


An historical view of Howard Baker; a philanthropist with a love for his native Detroit and a desire to give something back.


Profiles in Philanthropy Title: Ida B. Wells-Barnett


Ida B. Wells-Barnett's work as a writer and founder of a number of organizations, including the National Association of Colored Women and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.


Profiles in Philanthropy Title: Jackie Joyner-Kersee


Jackie Joyner-Kersee, one of the world's greatest female athletes, is a philanthropist who has dedicated her life to the development of young people.


Profiles in Philanthropy Title: Madam C.J. Walker


The story of Madam C.J. Walker and how she became an extremely successful businesswoman who assisted and contributed to numerous African American organizations and institutions.


Profiles in Philanthropy Title: Marian Wright Edelman


Marian Wright Edelman aided African Americans during the Civil Rights movement and helped bring visibility to the poor living conditions and starvation facing southern black children and families.


Profiles in Philanthropy Title: Mary Eliza Church Terrell


The work of Mary Eliza Church Terrell a social activist and early feminist who advocated for women's suffrage and civil rights for African Americans.


Profiles in Philanthropy Title: Matel Dawson


An extraordinary story of an average American, Matel Dawson Jr., who gave away $1.3 million dollars to charity over his lifetime eventhough he earned no more than $100,000 a year.


Profiles in Philanthropy Title: Oseola McCarty


After 70 years of hard work and saving as a laundress, Oseola McCarty made a gift of $150,000 to the University of Southern Mississippi to help needy students.


Profiles in Philanthropy Title: Sojourner Truth


The life of Sojourner Truth, African-American slave who later dedicated her life to fight for the rights of women.


Profiles in Philanthropy Title: W.E.B. Du Bois


A pioneer in black political thought, W.E.B. Du Bois was considered a central figure in the history of African-American politics.