Giving Tuesday 2020

Giving Tuesday

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Please join us on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, when the CUP community will come together for #GivingTuesday, a global movement that celebrates and encourages philanthropic giving.

We hope that you will support CUP’s mission to inspire, elevate and empower the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. CUP advances the careers of women and professionals of color by identifying and cultivating leaders across various sectors - including finance, law, media & entertainment, and technology - and connecting them to a broad network to amplify their impact.

Together, please help us to raise $25,000 to support
the following offerings:

CUP Fellows Program: 2020 marked the 13th year of our landmark N.Y. Fellows Program and the 3rd year of our L.A. Fellows Program, developing 50 successful mid-career professionals in over 10 industries. This highly-selective program provides critical skills and professional development training to propel the Fellows into leadership and C-level positions. The Fellows Program has also prepared talented leaders to choose careers in civic engagement and to win political seats in public office. These programs were sustained in part to last year’s successful #GivingTuesday campaign.


CUP Fellows Program: 2020 marked the 13th year of our landmark N.Y. Fellows Program and the 3rd year of our L.A. Fellows Program, developing 50 successful mid-career professionals in over 10 industries. This highly-selective program provides critical skills and professional development training to propel the Fellows into leadership and C-level positions. The Fellows Program has also prepared talented leaders to choose careers in civic engagement and to win political seats in public office. These programs were sustained in part to last year’s successful #GivingTuesday campaign.


CUP Catalysts: In 2020, CUP has celebrated our CUP Catalysts senior professionals of color who have achieved extraordinary professional success while making significant and impactful contributions to our community through volunteerism, philanthropy, board service and mentorship. In partnership with our corporate sponsors, CUP recognizes these changemakers throughout the year during our CUP Power Forums, covering the fields of Finance, Law, Media & Entertainment, and now Technology.

CUP Power Forums: CUP Power Forums convene senior level executives of color and inspirational thought leaders to discuss key transformational trends, provoke action, support business generation and enhance connectivity. CUP delivers these high-level programs featuring insights from C-Suite executives from our corporate partners across various sectors. This year, CUP's 13th Annual Wall Street Partners Forum, "Reimagining Wall Street" featured Citi's soon to be CEO, Jane Fraser in conversation with Citi Managing Directors, Sandra Peterson, Paul L. Burroughs, Jr. and Bola Oyesana. These leaders shared their personal stories and commitment to diversity and inclusion with the CUP Community.

Our 11th Annual Lawyers Forum, in partnership with Akin Gump, will take place on Wednesday, December 9th, and will feature thought leadership with Akin's Chairperson Kim Coopersmith and several General Counsels, discussing 2020 and the future.

Our 1st Annual Technology Forum in partnership with Bloomberg LP, will take place on Tuesday, December 15th and will discuss algorithmic bias in artificial intelligence and reimagining solutions for diverse professionals. We will also recognize CUP's inaugural Tech Catalysts!

CUP Conversations Series: During the Covid-19 pandemic and ensuing civic protests, CUP launched a free virtual CUP Conversations Speaker Series presenting thought leadership webinars and interviews featuring individuals who shared strategies, concepts and tools to educate our CUP Community.

CUP needs YOU! We must draw inspiration from others and work toward a more just and equitable society.

Please join me us supporting CUP by making a gift on #GivingTuesday. All donations are 100% tax deductible and every dollar raised will go toward CUP’s mission to inspire, elevate, and empower the next generation of diverse business and civic leaders. No amount is too small, and each dollar is a sound investment in a more diverse and inclusive future.

Thank you in advance for your support!

P.S. Please spread the word about your support for CUP via social media! Post photos demonstrating why you love CUP on Twitter (@CUPUSA07), Facebook, Instagram (@cup.usa) and LinkedIn (CouncilofUrbanProfessionals) with the hashtags #IGiveCUP, #GivingTuesday & #HackingDiversity.