In addition to a celebration of NCFP’s 20th Anniversary, the Symposium explored key themes, trends, and bold ideas generated over the year by the Imagining the Future initiative. We unveiled several new NCFP research initiatives including Pride of Place, a report exploring how boards stay true to the original geographic focus of the family foundation after trustees have moved away.  Should you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at ncfp@ncfp.org or 202-293-3424.   Download a PDF of the Final Printed Program.

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Ebonie Johnson Cooper

Young Black & Giving Back Institute
Founder & Executive Director
Ebonie believes that black giving is magic. Her passion for leadership development and black philanthropy have been theframework for her career.

As the principal consultant of Friends of Ebonie, LLC , and founder of the Young, Black & Giving Back Institute (YBGB), Ebonieuses her research, thought-leadership, and expertise on black philanthropy to serve as a bridge, connecting civically engagedblack professionals with foundations and nonprofit organizations. In 2013 Ebonie released the groundbreaking research asan NYU scholar entitled: African American Millennials: Discovering the Next Generation of Black Philanthropy for the EffectiveCommunication of Non-Profit Organizations . As a consultant, Ebonie guides and directs clients through communications andcultivation strategies that will build relationships and increase engagement with diverse next generation stakeholders. Her work through the YBGB provides safe spaces for philanthropic leaders of color to network, learn and grow together in theirrespective roles as donors, board members and social entrepreneurs. Corporate and institutional support for the YBGB includes Wells Fargo Advisors, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, United Way of the National CapitalArea, Teach for America- Black Community Alliances, Board Source, and Johns Hopkins University.

In November 2016 and September 2013, Ebonie was recognized by ESSENCE Magazine and JET Magazine, respectively, asone of the nation’s top leaders for her innovation around African - American millennial philanthropy. Ebonie’s leadership andachievements have also been featured on CNN’s HLN network, The Washington Post, and Huffington Post Impact. She hasbeen a featured speaker, and guest lecturer for organizations and institutions, that include Johns Hopkins University, CentralCarolina Community Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Independent Sector’s American Express NextGen FellowsProgram, Board Source, UN Foundation, New York University, Georgetown University, and the Greater Washington UrbanLeague. As a freelance writer, Ebonie has mused on life, relationships, religion and philanthropy for EBONY.com.

Ebonie began her career at Viacom, Inc. where her dynamic marketing and branding initiatives would eventually introduceBET Networks to the country of Japan in 2007 and launch the entire network in the United Kingdom in 2008. Collectively,Ebonie has raised more than $300,000 for organizations that include, New York Cares, the Boys & Girls Clubs of GreaterWashington, and the Young, Black and Giving Back Institute. Her communications work has garnered a National Boys & GirlsClubs of America Marketing & Communications Award (MAC) for Social Media. Ebonie has also led marketing,communications, and branding campaigns for organizations that include the Barack Obama Campaign for Change, TheProspect Park Alliance, Greater Centennial AME Zion Church, MTV and BET Networks.

In her philanthropic and civic leadership, Ebonie is a Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & CultureAmbassador donor, and holds memberships with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Black Benefactors Giving Circle (DC).She served as a vice-President for the Junior Board of New York Cares, Inc. from 2009 - 2013. Ebonie is also a dedicatedmember of Reid Temple AME Church.

Ebonie is pursuing her Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary. She holds a Master of Science in Public Relations &Corporate Communication from NYU and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from N.C. A&T SU. She is onfaculty with Practice Public Relations and Corporate Communications Program at the Georgetown University School ofContinuing Studies.

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