Organizers of the Pan African Women’s Action Summit in downtown Minneapolis say the event is part of their mission to increase philanthropy in the Pan-African women’s community here and globally.
Some of the event’s proceeds will go to The Minneapolis Foundation’s North Minneapolis Tornado Recovery Fund as well as East African famine relief efforts.
From the summit’s press materials:
In keeping with the United Nations’ Declaration of 2011 as the International Year for People of African Descent, PAWPNet has taken the bold step of declaring every August as Black Philanthropy Month. Thanks for making this a historic gathering. We hope that together we will change the face of philanthropy and our community for years to come.
The summit also features a film and food festival and an oral history project.
Dr. Jackie Copeland-Carson, PAWPNet and PAWAS Chair; Karen Kelley-Ariwoola, Vice President of Community Philanthropy, The Minneapolis Foundation; Grace Stanislaus, Director of the Museum of the African Diaspora; Judge (ret.) LaJune Lange, former Minnesota state trial judge, senior fellow with the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and founding president of The International Leadership Institute.