Gwendolyn Cartledge, PhD

Gwendolyn Cartledge, PhD

Gwendolyn Cartledge, PhD

Donor
The Estelle Martin Cartledge Memorial Fund

Why I chose to improve my community through Philanthropy

I believe in philanthropy. I believe we all should find some way to give to our communities. A stable, productive, contributing community enriches all of our lives. I have been the recipient of others’ generosity and this is one means of reciprocity. Philanthropy embodies my mother’s life and it is one of the best ways I can cherish her memory.

Why I partner with POISE

My nephew introduced me to Mr. Bernard Jones and POISE in the 1980’s. I was looking for a way to institutionalize a memorial fund, honoring my mother, without my constant management. Mr. Jones impressed me as a person of integrity with a wonderful vision for our community. It was easy to trust and believe in his work and the Foundation. I am so pleased that I did and continue to be extremely grateful for POISE.


Ervin Dyer

Ervin Dyer

Ervin Dyer

Donor
The Genesis Fund

What Philanthropy means to me

For me, philanthropy becomes not just about making a financial gift, but really a chance to invest in giving someone the gift of hope and opportunity. Also, it is a way of recognizing my blessing. I give because I can give.

Why I partner with POISE

I partner with POISE because I deeply believe in the foundation’s mission of strengthening the Black community. POISE connects a community of givers and is empowering us to think of the difference we can make.


Sharnay Hearn-Davis

Sharnay Hearn-Davis

Sharnay Hearn

Donor
The World Changers Fund


Why I established an endowment fund with POISE

It is my passion to get urban youth to see the world. I planned to use my birthday as a one-time fundraiser to provide support towards these activities. POISE helped me think more strategically about the ways I can leverage my passions and network to provide sustained funding. Now, I am a philanthropist, supporting international educational opportunities for urban youth.


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Janet “Phoebe” Kilby

Donor
The Kilby Family Endowed Scholarship Fund