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Black Philanthropy

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With support from: Lowell Institute
Date and time
Thursday, February 27, 2003

The Museum of Afro-American History and Associated Grant Makers present this millennium conversation on black philanthropy, a stimulating forum that attempts to answer three thought-provoking questions: How have African Americans historically given, how do they presently give, and how have African American institutions fared from donors? African Americans' strong tradition of giving has brought about significant social reform and educational development.

Gail Snowden heads the Community Investment Group (CIG) within FleetBoston Financial and is a member of the company's Leadership Advisory Group, comprised of the top 36 executives. She directs and invests the bank's resources into low and moderate-income communities through the delivery of innovative financial services, wealth and equity creation programs. Ms. Snowden oversees a diverse group of business units that includes Fleet Community Bank Small Business Services, Fleet Development Ventures, established as the first urban investment bank in America chartered by a commercial bank, and Commercial Real Estate Lending. Recognition for FleetBoston Financial's approach to low and moderate-income markets has included winning the 1998 Presidential Ron Brown Award and a profile on Ms. Snowden in* Fortune* magazine's March 1998 feature article, "Banking in Urban America". Most recently, Ms. Snowden was appointed President of the FleetBoston Financial Foundation, one of the nation's largest financial services philanthropic organizations and named Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist in 1999. In this additional role, she will set strategy at an international, national and regional level for Fleet's $25 million philanthropy portfolio, and will be responsible for all charitable giving at the Bank. She is a recipient of numerous awards including: the Abigail Adams Award (2001), honorary Doctor of Public Service degrees from Simmons College (2001) and Bridgewater State College (1997), an honorary Doctor of Law degree from Babson College (1998), Doctor of Humane Letters from Emmanuel College (1998), the 1996 YWCA Academy of Women Achievers Award and the 1992 SBA Small Business Minority Advocate of the Year. She was selected as an Outstanding Member of both the Boston Urban Bankers Forum and the Urban Financial Services Coalition (formerly the National Association of Urban Bankers). She also received the YMCA Black Achievers Award, the Simmons College Alumnae Achievement Award and the New England Women's Leadership Award. A frequent local and national public speaker, she was named one of the nation's Top Business and Professional Woman by *Dollars and Sense* magazine and one of 50 African-American Women at the top in corporate America in the March 2001 issue of *Ebony *magazine. Ms. Snowden is a 1967 graduate of Harvard/Radcliffe College and earned an MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management in 1978. She currently resides in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts.
Raymond Hammond is the senior pastor of Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School. Hammond is the president of the Ten Point Coalition, an ecumenical group of clergy and lay leaders working to mobilize the greater Boston community around issues affecting black and Latino youth--especially those at-risk for violence, drug abuse, and other destructive behaviors. He is also the Executive Director of Bethel's Youth Intervention Project; and a member of several church and community boards, including the Black Ministerial Alliance Executive Committee, the Youth Ministry Development Project Advisory Board, the Boston Plan for Excellence, Catholic Charities of Boston, Minuteman Council (Boston, MA) of the Boy Scouts of America, City Year of Boston Advisory Committee, and the United Way Success by Six Leadership Council. Finally, he is a member of the Advisory Board of the Alliance for Marriage, a diverse, non-partisan coalition composed of civil rights and religious leaders, as well as national legal experts, that is dedicated to restoring a culture of intact families founded upon marriage in America.
From 1983 until 2004, Jenkins-Scott served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dimock Community Health Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts. Prior to joining Dimock, she held several positions with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Departments of Public and Mental Health. As a community leader, public health advocate and innovative administrator, she has been a nationally known figure for nearly thirty years. Jenkins-Scott has served on many professional, civic and community boards and committees. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Boston Foundation, the Kennedy Library Foundation and Museum, the Boston Plan for Excellence, WGBH, the National Board of Jumpstart and the Council on Social Work Education. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Century Bank and Trust Company and the Tufts Health Plan. In April 2007, Boston's Mayor Thomas M. Menino selected Jenkins-Scott to Co-Chair his School Readiness Action Planning Team, charged with developing specific strategies to prevent the achievement gap among the next generation of students. Jenkins-Scott has received numerous awards and citations including the 2005 Associated Industries of Massachusetts Legacy of Leadership award, 2004 Pinnacle Lifetime Achievement Award from the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University.