STANDING WITH PRIDE, Charisse R. Lillie, Esquire (center left) accepts the inaugural 2016 Charles W. Bowser Leadership Award from the Philadelphia African American Leadership Forum (PAALF) for her philanthropic contributions in the African American community. Pictured with Lillie are (from left) PAALF Co-Chair Rev. David W. Brown, of Temple University; PAALF Co-Chair Sharmain Matlock-Turner, Urban Affairs Coalition President & CEO; and PAALF Founding Executive Director, Kelly Woodland of Fairmount Ventures. Lillie serves as Fellow and Vice President of Community Investment for Comcast Corporation and as Executive Vice President of the Comcast Foundation. She is retiring from this position in January.
The PAALF is a collaborative of African American leaders committed to improving the quality of life and life chances for the African American community through strategic efforts in the nonprofit sector. The purpose of the reception honoring Lillie was to continue the work of the PAALF, in seeking to raise $50,000 annually in matching funds with the help of key stakeholders.
In 2013, the PAALF – with funding from the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey – commissioned a study of African American-led nonprofits in Philadelphia. The finding from the study showed a degree of segregation and isolation between African American-led and White-led organizations. For more information about the PAALF and to review the full results of the study, visit www.phillyaalf.org.