New solutions and philanthropy-driven approaches to vexing social problems are the focus of two articles that caught our attention at year's end. This is one.
In "The New Black Millionaires and Black Philanthropy in the 21st Century," an essay that first appeared in the Fall 2000 issue of Responsive Philanthropy, the quarterly newsletter of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, Lisa Sullivan, founder and president of Listen, Inc., examines the growth of the black entrepreneurial class in America and wonders what its philanthropic legacy in the new century will be. Will a new generation of black millionaires finance a social movement for justice and equality? Will it speak out on critical social and political issues of the day? Will it endow institutions for posterity or create a philanthropic network attuned to the problems of the urban poor? Thought-provoking.