The Smith Family Foundation of New Jersey (SFFNJ) recently announced the 2nd Annual Blacks in Philanthropy Conference, themed “Bridging the Gap,” to be held at 471 Parkway Ave, Trenton, NJ. The highly anticipated event will take place on Thursday, August 24, 2023, from 8:00 to 4:00 PM. The Blacks in Philanthropy Conference serves as a platform to celebrate and showcase the incredible contributions of Black philanthropy within the community. This event aims to foster collaboration, inspire new ideas, and address relevant issues faced by the Black community.

The distinguished speaker for this event is Sharnita C. Johnson, Executive Officer, and Co-Director of the Victoria Foundation, who will deliver the keynote address. As a prominent leader in the philanthropic sector, Ms. Johnson brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that will undoubtedly inspire and empower attendees.

“We are honored to have Sharnita C. Johnson as our keynote speaker for this year’s conference,” said Harold Smith, Director of Operations of SFFNJ. “Her dedication to empowering marginalized communities and her outstanding work in philanthropy make her an exemplary figure for our theme, ‘Bridging the Gap.'”

The conference will feature a series of engaging panels, workshops, and presentations by esteemed speakers from diverse backgrounds. Participants will have the opportunity to gain insights into effective strategies for driving positive change, creating sustainable impact, and addressing critical issues within the Black community. Guests will also have the chance to participate in a number of engaging breakout sessions, including:

  1.  Unifying the Black Dollar
  2. Education and Educational Philanthropy
  3. Supporting immigrants and refugees in the Black community
  4. Philanthropy & Social Justice
  5. Family Faith, & Philanthropy
  6. Strengthening Black Philanthropy’s impact and dispelling misconceptions about giving in the community

“We believe in the power of collective action and the importance of building bridges to drive positive change,” said Katherine Nunnally, CEO of SFFNJ. “This conference is a space for learning, sharing experiences, and nurturing meaningful connections that will help us move our community forever forward.”

Registration for the 2nd Annual Blacks in Philanthropy Conference is now open, and interested attendees can secure their spot by visiting SFFNJ’s website here: Registration – SFFNJ. Early registration is highly encouraged as space is limited.

The Smith Family Foundation of New Jersey is a private grant-making institution, founded in Trenton, NJ. SFFNJ’s mission is to empower our community, cultivate leaders, and transform lives through funding and leadership development. SFFNJ is committed to supporting the greater Trenton area through philanthropic efforts, with a focus on empowering and uplifting marginalized populations by presenting Higher Education as a Normal Next Step. The Foundation works tirelessly to bridge the gaps and create opportunities for a brighter, more equitable future. If you’d like to read more about the Smith Family Foundation and support this incredible work, please visit their website here: SFFNJ – Home.

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