Ebonie Johnson Cooper is looking to redefine the modern philanthropist.
Through her boutique marketing firm, Friends of Ebonie, the communications consultant is on a crusade to debunk stereotypes about philanthropy while also rallying the African American community to become better givers.
She and the FOE staff recently held a networking and panel discussion event — called “Defining Young Black Philanthropy” — at the National Council of Negro Women headquarters in Northwest Washington to tackle the challenges facing African American millennials. It’s her way of spurring her peers into greater social responsibility.
“When we think of philanthropy, we think of old, white and wealthy,” she said to a room of 100 African American professionals in their 20s and 30s. “And none of us in here are that.”
Following a mixer that connected donors to a room of nonprofit officials, a spirited panel discussion ensued.
The conversation touched on a myriad of issues, including whether there is a standard dollar amount each person should give, how social media has affected giving and best practices for philanthropy in the African American community.