We Are Philanthropists Event December 3

Cupped hands of an African American illustrating giving

On Thursday, December 3rd, the Circle of Joy Giving Circle is hosting We Are Philanthropists! A Discussion on African American Philanthropy in Atlanta. The event will feature luminaries in the Atlanta philanthropic community who will share the impact of African American philanthropy and raise awareness of giving circles across the country. This event will also support Metro Atlanta nonprofits serving youth. Jay Bailey of Phoenix Leadership Foundation, Dr. Dionne Mahaffey of The Awesome Foundation, Lovette Russell of Coxe Curry and Associates, Janine Lee of Southeaster Council on Foundations, and Erin Moore of Community Investment Network are confirmed speakers.

WHEN Thursday, December 3, 2015 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

WHERE The Loudermilk Center - Anne Cramer Room, 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

This is a great networking opportunity. You can register here

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Committed to living by his personal motto, "Build As We Climb," change agent, thought leader and emerging philanthropist, Jay Bailey has dedicated his life to serving others. In 2015 he founded one of the nation’s most innovative private equity firms, Greenwood Archer. Through a "Human Capital" approach, Greenwood Archer re-imagines the way America’s most underserved communities leverage assets, establish wealth, strengthen infrastructure and create jobs.   

Jay was one of eight Americans honored at the White House as a "Champion of Change: Following in the Footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." He was named to both the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Georgia Trend Magazine’s "40 Under 40." Jay is a recipient of the coveted Whitney M. Young National Community Service Medallion and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major for Service Award, as well as being named one of the 10 Most Outstanding Young People of Atlanta.

Dr. Dionne Mahaffey is a business psychologist, author, technologist, entrepreneur, talk show host, professor and an organizational strategies coach. She specializes in personal growth, leadership and purposeful-coaching. As a serial volunteer and donor, she founded the Atlanta Chapter of The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences as a means of supporting and funding the doers of good in the metro area. The Awesome Foundation awards a monthly $1000 grant to individuals and groups in need of support for creative and innovative community based projects.

She frequently lectures on the topics of social entrepreneurship and voluntarism. She also does extensive research and writing about female rivalry in the workplace and other organizational settingsDr. Mahaffey’s new talk show, Let’s Talk Good Business which airs on WDJY 99.1 FM in Atlanta and Channel 36 in Washington, DC, chronicles the emerging identity of social entrepreneurs, activists, philanthropists and other creative change makers.

Lovette Twyman Russell is a Senior Consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates. A native of Atlanta, Lovette is committed to community service. Lovette currently serves on the boards of Sheltering Arms, Zoo Atlanta, GEEARS (Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students), and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Foundation. Having chaired or co-chaired many of the city’s leading events, including the Mayor’s Masked Ball, the Atlanta History Center’s Swan House Ball, Zoo Atlanta’s The Beastly Feast, Park Pride’s 25th Anniversary Gala, and the inaugural Grady Hospital Gala, she was named the 2012 Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. That same year she received the 11Alive Boisfeuillet Jones Community Service Award and was named the Mary Caan Volunteer of the Year by the Lupus Foundation. Previously, both the YWCA of Greater Atlanta and Atlanta Woman Magazine recognized her as a Woman of Achievement. Lovette also received the Trailblazer Award from the NAACP in 2013.

Lovette is an active alumna of Spelman College and currently serves on the College’s Board of Trustees. In addition, she chairs the Hughes Spalding Hospital Community Foundation and is a member of Buckhead Cascade City Chapter of The Links, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

Janine Lee is a veteran strategist and grantmaker in philanthropy, with more than 25 years of rich and diverse leadership with nonprofits and foundations. She is currently the President and CEO of the Southeastern Council of Foundations (SECF), a membership association of grantmaking foundations serving 11 southeastern states with more than 330 member organizations. Under her leadership, SECF supports more than 1,500 staff and trustees managing philanthropic assets in excess of $50 billion in an effort to serve, connect, strengthen and champion philanthropy in the American South.

Janine serves on the Board of Trustees with the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, the Board of Trustees of the National Center for Family Philanthropy, the Steering Committee of the Georgia Grantmakers Alliance (GGA), the Advisory Committee for the Foundation Center in Atlanta, and the Mayor’s Advisory Board on Homelessness. She was the co-founder and former chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). She has presented at conferences for Independent Sector and the Council on Foundations. In 2015, she was named one of America’s Top 20 Women in Philanthropy and Civic Engagement by Michael Chatman, founder of the #WhyIGive Movement.

Janine holds a bachelor’s degree in rehabilitation services education, a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, a master’s degree in business administration, and is a co-author of, Funding Effectiveness: Lessons in Building Nonprofit Capacity. (Jossey-Bass, 2005).

For Community Investment Network Executive Director, Dr. Erin H. Moore, her quest in life has always been to find innovative and creative ways to serve the African American community. For Dr. Moore, the very concept of community has been the core of her work as a scholar, researcher, educator, community activist, and business professional. After earning her B.A. degree in Economics from Spelman College, she spent several years at Northern Telecom where she became involved in school-to-business partnerships, and began promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) careers to African American middle and high school students in the southeast. Through this work, Dr. Moore saw the power of African American history and culture as a catalyst for change and returned to graduate school, earning an M.A. in African American and African Studies from The Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University. She has also studied at The London School of Economics as the Luard Scholar to Great Britain and at The University of Legon in Accra, Ghana.

Her diverse career includes work for nonprofit organizations the Young Scholars’ Institute and The Guild Law Center, and in higher education with Educational Testing Service, as well as serving as an Assistant Professor of History at Central State University. In addition to her professional career, Dr. Moore has volunteered for numerous community organizations as well as creating two nonprofit community educational organizations.