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Summit For Head and Heart Philanthropy 2017 Heads to Cuba



125 plus philanthropic and social impact investors met on Martha’s Vineyard for a two and half day convention with a special focus on communities of colour.

The event – Philanthropy on the Vineyard – is the premier gathering designed to bring together philanthropists, entrepreneurs, investors and social change champions each committed to communities of colour. Many of those same social impact champions will take sail to Cuba for the 2017 gathering hosted by Head and Heart Philanthropy aboard the Fathom cruise line from July 23 to 29, 2017.

The Fifth annual 2016 Philanthropy on the Vineyard took place August 13 to 15, 2016 on Martha’s Vineyard. Legendary Grammy Winning Artist India.Arie, MC Lyte, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Mayor Betsy Hodges headlined. Arie announced, Shelectricty, a new philanthropic endeavor designed to help others to achieve personal empowerment and a more purposeful life.

“This year was my first Head and Heart Summit. I came away inspired, motivated, and more knowledgeable about all of the exceptional things happening across the country”, said Greg Shell, managing director at Bain Capital. At Bain, Shell works alongside Deval Patrick focusing on mission-driven investments to companies that have both a financial return and social mission.

Head and Heart Philanthropy is unapologetic about creating that space specifically for people of colour.

Lisa Nutter, president of Philadelphia Academies, Inc., a nonprofit youth development organisation that works in Philadelphia said: “Our communities desperately need us to be thinking and acting together with a sense of urgency, bringing together ideas and capital to make them happen.”

Hosted by Head and Heart Philanthropy, the Philanthropy on the Vineyard gathering convened dozens of leaders and champions in communities of color in an intimate setting. This year’s conference included a dynamic slate of speakers: Mitch and Freada Kapor of Kapor Capital, Earl Robinson of Consequent Capital Management, Deborah Elam of the GE Foundation and GE, Vanessa Deluca from Essence Magazine, Charisse R. Lillie from the Comcast Corporation, Derek Dingle from Black Enterprise, Jessica Matthews from Uncharted Play, entrepreneur Paula Madison and more.

Conference attendees explored new models of giving, how to maximize dollars, increase opportunity for communities of color, how impact investing is a leading tool for social change, and promising trends impacting diverse communities during two-and-a-half days of deep learning.

“As our country faces a defining moment, Head and Heart Philanthropy is building the kind of collaborative leadership we need,” said Vikki Spruill, president of the Council on Foundations. “By bringing people together around some of our toughest challenges, they are making hope possible for communities nationwide.”

Featured sessions at the gathering included:

  • The Culture of Black Leadership and Black Giving
  • Communities of Color and New Models of Sustainability
  • The New Frontier featuring Tech Entrepreneurs and Tech Executives
  • Doing Good and Doing Well – The Intersection of Wealth Building and Social Impact
  • The Changing Face of Urban Cities – A Conversation with Mayors and Policy Makers
  • Making Big Bets – Venture Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship
  • Brown & Black Unity: Opportunities and Barriers
  • A Conversation on #StateofWomen and Girls of Color
  • The Secret Sauce to Corporate Giving-Learn from Corporate Foundation Presidents
  • Education Equity – A Viable Pathway to Success and Community Development

Head and Heart Philanthropy will launch a parallel track for the Latin community in winter of 2016 and spearhead a formal impact investing working group in January 2017 focused on scaling social impact ventures and investing in entrepreneurs of colour.

“Philanthropy is only one-half of the conversation,” said Head and Heart founder Christal Jackson who launched the Philanthropy on the Vineyard gathering in 2011. “Impact has to be the central focus and providing resources and access is a great place to start levelling the playing field.”

Philanthropy on the Vineyard is by invitation only. To request an invitation to attend the Cuba cruise taking place July 23-29, 2017 or for a media interview please email: