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The Event for People of Color in Philanthropy

June 24 -26, 2024

The University of Chicago

Community - Leadership - Affinity - Progress

The Summit is an annual signature Joy-Raising experience that brings together people of color in philanthropy. 

This  is a unique gathering of leaders include business and civic leaders, philanthropists and professionals engaged in dialogue and learning that moves the needle. How? We hold discussions at the highest levels, foster authentic exchange of experiences and develop ideas that raise the bar for what is possible.  

Philanthropy engages our world's toughest issues. The Summit gathers the most  capable minds to prepare ourselves to tackle them.

The Summit is a Community of  Leaders

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The Summit Experience: Exceeding Expectations

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The Gordon Parks Arts Hall

A historic venue

Gordon Parks was a prolific photojournalist with a deep commitment to social justice. This state of the art building located on the University of Chicago's campus represents excellence on every measure including Mr. Park's, and that of the supporters and architects and the students who call the Hall their academic home.

Come and be inspired in this special space.

Industry Leaders

Learn with the best of us

Joy-Raising's ability to gather a stunning group of leaders is what distinguishes this experience from any other in philanthropy. Each of them is taking on our society's biggest challenges and making the most impact. They join us in conversation to share with authenticity and the hope that their success will drive our own.

Come and be a part of this singular conversation. 

Gather with Peers

This is the room where it happens

As people of color in philanthropy we often find ourselves as "the only" in rooms of importance. We navigate these situations with expertise and grace knowing how important it is that we are there.  The Summit is that room we all dream of experiencing- full of unmatched talent where we can bring our whole selves for the betterment of us all. 

Come and claim all that is possible

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Join us in Chicago


What You Need to Know About The Summit 2024

When: June 24-26

Where: University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, Hyde Park, Chicago

Who: Philanthropy professionals and volunteers

Where to stay?:

Chicago has many fabulous hotels. Here are several ideas. Downtown Chicago is approximately 7 miles from campus. 

The Study at University of Chicago

The Sophy Hotel

Hyatt Place South/University Medical Center

Airbnb in Hyde Park

VRBO in Hyde Park

How do I become a Summit Sponsor?

 We encourage you to consider becoming a Summit Sponsor to help to grow the pipeline of people of color who are professionals and volunteers in philanthropy.

Sponsor Levels:

Platinum   $20,000        

Gold         $15,000         

Silver        $10,000          

Bronze      $ 5,000 

Copper     $ 2,500      


Are refunds available if I am no longer able to attend the event?

A 50% refund will be available up until April 14, 2024.  After that date registration is nonrefundable.

Who will attend The Summit?

The Summit is for people of color who are professionals and volunteers that positively impact nonprofits, foundations, corporate social responsibility initiatives and social enterprises with their talent. This includes Executive Directors, CEO's, Board Members, Heads of School, Chief Advancement Officers, Directors of Development, Major Gift Officers, Program Officers, Marketing and  Communications Managers, Volunteers and those with an interest in these roles. Whether your are  new to the sector or you are an expert, you will find great value in this experience.

The Summit is a Community of Leaders

Take a look at past speakers at The Summit

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President and CEO- Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley, Former Mayor of San Jose

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CEO Big Brothers, Big Sisters New York

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President, Archbishop Mitty High School

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Former Head of School, The Center for Early Education, Emeritus Board Member, African American Board Leadership

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Head of School, Galloway School
Trustee, National Association of Independent Schools

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Board Chair, Spirit of Atlanta

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Board Chair, Live Oak School

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Founder and Managing Director, Base Ventures

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Dr. Trent Haywood

Founder, Knowality
Former Chief Medical Officer, Blue Cross Blue Shield Association

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Managing Partner, GGV Capital

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Co-Founder and General Partner, Reach Capital

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Singer, Songwriter, Author, Philanthropist

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Author, Journalist, Screenwriter

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Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Comcast Corporation
President, Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation

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Executive Director, Northern Illinois Community Initiatives

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Product Manager, Social Impact, Meta

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President and CEO
Silicon Valley Community Foundation

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COO, Zenefits
Board Member, Silicon Valley Community Foundation


CEO, Lever for Change

Senior Advisor, MacArthur Foundation


CEO and President, ActBlue


Artist and Architect

MacArthur Fellow


President and CEO,

The Skillman Foundation


Former Head of Philanthropy, 

United Nations Foundation



Woods Fund


Head of School,

Proctor Academy



Human Capital

Anheuser-Busch Foundation


CEO, Intersect Illinois

Wellness as Your Superpower

Sustaining Your Presence By Investing In You

Sustaining ourselves as philanthropy professionals and particularly front line fundraisers is a challenge as we are always acting on behalf of others putting their interests and needs before our on for the sake of reaching our dollar and strategic goals. Nonetheless, with intention,  it is possible to find balance and joy daily in our work.  We've assembled a wise council of experts who will provide guidance about how to thrive year after year even in the most challenging circumstances. Karen Osborne, Dr. June Parks and Michelle Maldonado Lopes will have a critical conversation facilitated by Tammy Charles

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Senior Strategist, The Osborne Group

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Founder and CEO, INOVO Strategic Consulting

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Michelle Lopes Maldonado

Founder, Lucenscia
Candidate, Virginia House of Delegates

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Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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