Preserving Wealth, Honoring Legacies & Raising Awareness


2018 ‎Cleveland Foundation African-American Philanthropy Summit

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8 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 28, 2018 


The Cleveland Foundation’s African-American Philanthropy Committee was created in 1993 to promote awareness and education about the benefits of wealth and community preservation through philanthropy. Awareness led to stewardship in 2010, when the Committee established a fund to help support a variety of organizations within the African-American community of Greater Cleveland. 

The committee convenes a Philanthropy Summit once every two years to raise the visibility of African-American philanthropy in the region and to honor local African-American philanthropists who are making a lasting and significant impact. The summit also provides tools and insight for individuals who are participating in charitable giving. In the years it is offered, the summit attracts local, regional and national attention. Collectively, members of the African-American Philanthropy Committee also support the mission of the Cleveland Foundation, which includes building community endowment, addressing needs through grantmaking, and providing leadership on key community issues. Contact the African-American Philanthropy Committee  and follow @CleveFoundation #GivingHasNoColor.

Honorary Summit Co-Chairs and members of the African-American Philanthropy Committee with keynote speaker Donna Brazile and morning featured speaker Jeff Johnson at center.

2016 Honorary Summit Co-Chairs and members of the African-American Philanthropy Committee with keynote speaker Donna Brazile and morning featured speaker Jeff Johnson at center.















African-American Philanthropy Committee Legacy Fund

The African-American Philanthropy Committee Legacy Fund supports a variety of organizations within the African-American community of Greater Cleveland. This fund is bolstered by individuals of all ages, businesses, sororities and fraternities, faith-based organizations, and multiple member organizations. 
Give to the AAPC Legacy Fund

News and Information

Sisters in Service for 100 Years: Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, L.H.D., International President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., speaks at The City Club of Cleveland

Black Giving Matters: Interview with Terri Bradford Eason of the Cleveland Foundation

Download our 2014 Philanthropic Giving Summary

View video highlights from the 2014 African-American Philanthropy Summit

Check out this WKYC Channel 3 segment: 7 Minutes with Russ Mitchell: Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.


An interview with African-American Philanthropy Committee Co-Chairs Robert Madison, CEO, Robert Madison International; Debra Green, Director, Community Relations, Medical Mutual; Ronald B. Richard, President & CEO, Cleveland Foundation; Dr. R. A. Vernon, Senior Pastor, The Word Church; Connie Hill-Johnson, Owner and Managing Director, Visiting Angels; and Justin Horton, Wealth Advisor, Stratos Wealth Partners.

Member Spotlight

Connie Hill-Johnson, Committee Co-Chair and 2015 recipient of the Cleveland Foundation’s Frederick Harris Goff Philanthropic Service Award

Connie Hill-Johnson, in her role as co-chair, is dedicated to increasing awareness of philanthropy and charitable giving within the African-American community. Under Connie’s leadership and service, the prominence and scope of the committee has been elevated and serves as a national model. Connie and her husband, Kevin, are Cleveland natives and successful entrepreneurs whose careers are dedicated to serving the elderly. Their Visiting Angels business, part of a national franchise, helps older adults live as independently as possible in their own homes. Both Connie and her husband have a strong desire to give back to the community.


African-American Philanthropy Committee Members

Ellen Burts-Cooper, Ph.D., Chair
Senior Managing Partner, Improve Consulting and Training

Bishara Addison
Senior Manager, Policy & Strategic Initiatives, Towards Employment

Constance Hill-Johnson
Owner and Managing Director, Visiting Angels

Justin Horton
Wealth Advisor, Stratos Wealth Partners

Jeff I. Johnson
Principal, JIJ Communications

Ronald V. Johnson, Jr.
Vice President, Associate Counsel, KeyBank National Association

Bracy E. Lewis

Antoine Moss, Ph.D.
Logistics Management Specialist, Logistics & Technical Information, NASA Glenn Research Center

Ann-Marie Ogletree
Executive Director, Fundamentals Early Childhood Development Academy

Melvin G. Pye, Jr.
Chief Executive Officer, Fairfax Place

Steve Sanders
Metro Cleveland Director, Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Robyn Minter Smyers
Partner in Charge, Thompson Hine LLP

2018 African-American Philanthropy Summit Honorary Co-Chairs

Teresa Metcalf Beasley, Partner, Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP

Margot James Copeland, Chair and CEO, KeyBank Foundation

Carole Hoover, President and CEO, Hoover Milstein

Alex Johnson, Ph.D., President, Cuyahoga Community College

Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, M.D., Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, University Hospitals

Steven A. Minter, Executive-in-Residence and Fellow, Cleveland State University

Ronald B. Richard, President and CEO, Cleveland Foundation

Vanessa Whiting, President, A.E.S. Management Corp. dba Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen