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 CGLI Endowment Fund
      • $200 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 2017 EPC Member Roster

Esther Annan
Daytuan Antonetti
Landrum Beard
Felica Beard
Phylicia Brown
David Collins
Ashley Corado
Jamil Crews
Jason Daniels
Justine David
Cynetra Ferguson
Naomi Pabon Figueroa
Collin Gehl
Mark Glasgow
Daphne Inman
Justin Lewis
Robert Lowery
Kimberly Luangpakdy
Michelle Martin
Monika McFoy
Oluwole McFoy
Alaska McInnis
Ekua Mends-Aidoo
Nadia Moore
Brandi Moses
Kent Olden
Mignon Otis
Derrick Parson
Tanice Pendergrass
Lesha Pryer
Daniel Robertson
Talia Rodriguez
Dinorah Santos
Gellenia Smallwood
Jessica Smith
Cord Stone

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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