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Remembering Janine Lee

Janine ... “held the door open” for other women in philanthropy, “invited other Black women to the table,” and “challenged philanthropy in the South to lead courageously with a focus on advancing equity.” She and other Black women leaders in philanthropy ... were credited with “lifting as they climbed,” making space for other Black women to not only enter the philanthropic sector but to have successful careers.

The Arkansas Black Philanthropy Collaborative is saddened by the passing of Philanthropy Southeast president and CEO Janine Lee. Our hearts go out to her family, friends, colleagues, and all who loved her.

Since the inception of ABPC, we have been fortunate to have Janine’s support and encouragement. She willingly served as a panelist for our first Convening, sharing remarkable insights as a trailblazer in philanthropy. Janine’s leadership and commitment to equity and inclusion is something all philanthropic professionals and institutions should aspire to. Her impact on the field cannot be overstated.

May we live out her legacy by ensuring all people have access to resources and opportunities regardless of their background or where they live.

Thank you, Janine, for being an example to us all.



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