POISE Appoints Col. Patton as Chairman Emeritus

Col. Paul Patton

Col. Paul Patton

POISE Foundation is announcing its appointment of Colonel (Ret.) Paul G. Patton as Chairman Emeritus.

Colonel Patton had served as the chair of POISE Foundation for 19 years and was an original incorporator of this 36-year-old, philanthropic institution. He was the organization’s first Chairman of the Board of Trustees. Greg Spencer, who succeeded Col. Patton in November, 2014 reported that “the Board elected to confer emeritus status to him as a mark of distinguished service and leadership. “We are also excited that he has agreed to continue to stay active on the Board,” Spencer said. (via The New Pittsburgh Courier)

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POISE Foundation Lifts Message of Black Philanthropy

Sharnay Hearn-Davis

Sharnay Hearn-Davis

For too long, said Valaida Fullwood, African-Americans have been identified primarily as beneficiaries of philanthropy instead of recognized as donors who have provided money, time and talents to ignite change in communities and individual lives.

“We’re also on the supply side of philanthropy,” said the award-winning writer and consultant who believes August’s designation as Black Philanthropy Month can help raise the profile of charitable giving among African-Americans and boost collaboration on philanthropic initiatives among all racial groups.

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