• 7201 Wade Park Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103
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August is Black Philanthropy Month

Support Eliza Bryant Village with a donation during Black Philanthropy Month


Our mission is equally as important today as it was 125 years ago.

We hope more people are listening. We hope more people are caring. We hope more people are giving. 

Although the term was not in use at the time, structural racism is why Eliza Simmons Bryant established the Cleveland Home for Aged Colored People in 1896. Today, as a result of structural racism, many of the primarily African American constituents we serve suffer from the impact of profound poverty and significant health disparities.

These conditions are compounded by insufficient resources to adequately address the serious physical and mental health conditions they face. The Chronicle of Philanthropy recently released a report that found that organizations led by people of color win less grant money and are trusted less to make decisions about how to spend those funds than organizations with white leaders. The authors of the study, published May 7, 2020, found that white-led groups had budgets that were 24 percent larger than those led by people of color. And, the research found that the unrestricted assets of groups with leaders of color were 76 percent smaller than those led by whites.

Our seniors have earned the right to be safe.

Many of the seniors we now serve were instrumental in building the infrastructure upon which our society depends.  They were underpaid for their labors during their productive years and excluded from many institutions of higher learning that would have facilitated greater economic advancement. Now, in their declining years, they deserve to at least be free from abuse and mistreatment.  Our Elder Justice Center offers a key resource for ensuring that they now enjoy a safe and secure living environment.

Black Lives Matter.  

Eliza Bryant Village serves nearly 1,200 seniors each year with programs and services along the continuum of care, including our Elder Justice Center, affordable independent housing, adult day care, as well skilled nursing, including a memory care unit and a rehabilitation program. Despite reimbursement rates that undervalue the lives of our constituents, the Village continues to innovate and serve in one of the poorest areas of our state. We provide approximately $1 million each year in charity care. 

It is imperative that “Black lives matter” becomes more than a slogan.

Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), observed every August, is a global celebration and concerted campaign to elevate African-descent giving. Created by Dr. Jackie Bouvier Copeland and the Pan-African Women’s Philanthropy Network (PAWPNet), BPM launched in 2011 to commemorate the United Nations Year and Decade of People of African Descent.

In 2013, Valaida Fullwood and Tracey Webb, both chroniclers of Black philanthropy, joined Copeland as co-architects, collaborating to scale up the annual campaign and invite widespread public participation. Expanding and evolving each year, BPM is characterized by a wave of high-impact events, media stories, proclamations and service projects online and in communities throughout August, with local and global dimensions. Since it was established, BPM has reached roughly 17 million people and become an increasingly year-round, diasporic initiative that illuminates the ingenuity and transformative impact of generosity in Black communities. Primary aims of BPM are informing, involving, inspiring and investing in Black philanthropic leadership to strengthen African-American and African-descent giving in all its forms, for the benefit of our planet, our communities, our organizations and our lives. A new organizing concept frames the BPM campaign each year. The theme for 2020 is: FORESIGHT 20/20.

 

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