philanthropy (n.) c. 1600 from Late Latin philanthropia, from Greek philanthropia from phil- "loving" + anthrōpos "mankind"
FACT: A philanthropist is someone who seeks to promote the welfare of others by giving gifts of time, talent, money, and influence.
MYTH: Philanthropy is a privilege of wealth and act of the elite 1%.
FACT: Black Americans give $11 billion annually and donate 25% more of their income to charitable causes.
MYTH: Black people make small contributions and are recipients of charity rather than a source of generosity and agents of change.
Black Houstonians listening to philanthropy presentation. Credit: David "Odiwams" Wright