The 12th Annual Art For Life Fundraiser at Russell Simmon's East Hampton estate is just days away and GlobalGrind is speaking to this year's Honorees, individuals recognized by RUSH Philanthropic for their positive contributions to their communities through giving.
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Last Friday we spoke to Honoree Edward Norton.
Today we spoke to Kimberly B. Davis, President JP Morgan Chase Foundation.
Ms. Davis is a graduate of Spelman College and has over 25 years of philanthropy experience. Ms. Davis is responsible for JP Morgan's philanthropic activities globally.
Additionally, Ms. Davis is co-founder of Springboard, Partners in Cross-Cultural Leadership, a leadership education and consulting company committed to building strong women (and other diverse) leaders. She was active in developing, designing and implementing a national leadership center in collaboration with Spelman College. Known as Spelman LEADS, the center focuses on unique leadership issues for Women of Color.
GlobalGrind: First off, let us say congratulations in being recognized by Rush Philanthropic. Can you tell us what this recognition means?
Kimberly Davis: Well, first, I just think the world of the work that RUSH is doing and what the Philanthropic Arts Foundation is doing, specifically what Russell and his brothers are doing: providing support to disadvantaged youth using arts as a medium, what this means for me is multifold. First, it means that the work that we’re doing at JP Morgan Chase and the Arts Education Space has really become more than just about big cultural sponsorship and periodic good deeds. I think what it shows, and what this recognition acknowledges, is just that we really have established a track record for substantive programming in arts education; particularly at the neighborhood level for disadvantaged youth. We have worked hard to establish that reputation and we’re serious about that. I take that personally as a part of my leadership and what I think is important for communities, because art has been a part of my life for so many years.