Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Emerging Philanthropists of Color (EPC)


The Emerging Philanthropists of Color (EPC) initiative, a giving circle of the Communities of Giving Legacy Initiative (CGLI), offers access to people, places, and experiences for energetic and entrepreneurial individuals of color curious about collective giving.

Joining EPC will be a life-changing experience! EPC membership provides the rare opportunity to be both mentor and protege. Members have special access to respected civic leaders and philanthropists of color on the CGLI Council for mentoring, networking, and inspiration. In addition, members have numerous opportunities to share their experiences with the youth who participate in CGLI activities.

All EPC membership contributions help to grow the CGLI’s endowment. The CGLI strives to create a legacy of success that will encourage collective giving that supports positive change for Western New York youth of color living in low-income communities.

The Commitment

  • $300 Annually
    • Distribution:
      • $100 to the organization of your choice
      • $100 to the CGLI Endowment Fund
      • $100 to be pooled with your colleagues' to create a giving circle

The Benefits

  • Quarterly Networking
  • Social gatherings with people of color
  • Opportunity to "Pay it Forward" to the next generation
  • Participation in the Community Foundation's 21st Century Fund
  • Collective giving (mini grants)
  • Personal and professional development

The 2016 EPC Member Roster

Esther Annan

Daytuan Antonetti

Landrum Beard

Phylicia Brown

David Collins

Jamil Crews

Justine David

Mark Glasgow

Daphne Inman

Justin Lewis

Robert Lowery

Kimberly Luangpakdy

Monika McFoy

Oluwole McFoy

Ekua Mends-Aidoo

Nadia Moore

Derrick Parson

Tanice Pendergrass

Daniel Robertson

Talia Rodriguez

Dinorah Santos

Gellenia Smallwood

Lamont Williams

Rebekah Williams

For more information on this exciting opportunity, contact the CGLI Director, Landrum Beard by email at or at (716) 852-2857 ext. 231.

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