America’s Leading Black Philanthropists

From education to health, African Americans pump billions into charities and causes, fueling their clout and mission to change the world

charity with a mission compatible with your values. Family members can sit on the governing board and participate in the grant-making decisions. There is no excise tax or payout requirement as with a private foundation.

Before you give to a nonprofit organization, make sure it is registered with the proper state or local government office.
To learn more, check out these resources:

  • Associated Black Charities;
  • Council of Better Business Bureaus; 703-276-0100
  • Council on Foundations; 888-239-5221
  • National Committee on Planned Giving;
  • National Center for Family Philanthropy; 202-293-3424
  • The Giving Forum; 202-467-0383;
  • The Foundation Center;
  • The National Black United Fund;

Leading Foundations & Charities

Oprah Winfrey TV Talk show host The Oprah Winfrey Foundation; Oprah’s Angel Network Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation Education, the arts, public health, women $10,537,131
Eileen Harris Norton Executive Peter Norton Family Foundation Inc. The arts, education, community health 4,595,260
Tom Joyner Radio talk show host Tom Joyner Foundation Inc. HBCUs 3,064,119
David & Valerie Robinson Former NBA player/philanthropist The David Robinson Foundation Education, feeding the hungry 1,727,629
Tiger Woods Professional golfer The Tiger Woods Foundation Education, sports 1,519,099
Sean “P. Diddy” Combs Hip-hop artist, actor Daddy’s House Social Programs Inc. Youth, education 1,333,333
Rachel Robinson Philanthropist The Jackie Robinson Foundation Education IGN=”TOP”>1,220,104
Eddie & Sylvia Brown Money manager/ philanthropists The Eddie C. & C. Sylvia Brown Family Foundation Education 1,142,493
Alonzo Mourning NBA player Alonzo Mourning Charities Inc.; Zo’s Fund for Life Underprivileged children; Kidney disorder research 1,015,864
Earvin “Magic” Johnson Former NBA player/ philanthropist The Magic Johnson Foundation Health, urban education 430,206
Ben & Candy Carson Pediatric neurosurgeon/ philanthropist Carson Scholars Fund Youth, education 518,351
Russell Simmons Recording executive/ philanthropist Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation Art, education, youth 388,798
Charles Barkley Former NBA player The Charles Barkley Foundation Education 319,200
Hank & Billye Aaron Former MLB player/ philanthropist Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation Education, youth, 220,362
William & Camille Cosby Actor/philanthropist William Henry Cosby Jr. and Camille Olivia Cosby Foundation; Hello Friend/Ennis William Cosby Foundation Education, dyslexia awareness 215,500
Marshall Faulk NFL player Marshall Faulk Foundation Inner-city youth/children 133, 027
Chris “Ludacris” Bridges Hip-hop artist, actor The Ludacris Foundation Abused/homeless children 121,830
Montel Williams TV Talk show host The Montel Williams MS Foundation Multiple Sclerosis research 120,000
Warrick Dunn NFL player Warrick Dunn Foundation Inc. Single-mother families 108,091
Alphonse Fletcher Money manager The Fletcher Foundation Art, youth 101,450


Leading Individual Donors

Oprah Winfrey TV Talk show host, The Oprah Winfrey Show The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation $132,580,000 2002 — 2004
Sheila C. Johnson Partner, Lincoln Holdings Parsons School of Design, Jamestown- Yorktown Foundation 7, 350,000 2003 — 2004
John H. Johnson Publisher,

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