Hip hop and philanthropy…an unlikely combination, but if the media dedicated as much on-air time to covering the generosity of urban moguls as they did to their lavish spending habits, we would be so much more aware of how hip hop artists are building our community in addition to creating music about it.
So what is philanthropy?
Philanthropy is the act of donating money, goods, time, or effort to support a charitable cause, usually over an extended period of time and in regard to a defined objective.
Here are some examples:
•Giving to the Salvation Army’s coin drives at Christmas time
•Contributing to the Red Cross in times of disaster
•Dropping off clothes at the Goodwill
I’m involved in what’s called institutional philanthropy- I work for a grant-making foundation, and that’s exactly what we do- give grants to nonprofit organizations.
Now while I love what I do, I wanted to call special attention to how leaders of urban culture are tied into these selfless acts of kindness.
A quick did- you-know list of do-gooders (from http://www.riaa.com/News/newsletter/press2001/061501.asp):