Karris Jackson, vice president of Programs at the POISE Foundation in Pittsburgh, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Emerging Leader in Philanthropy Award from The Association of Black Foundation Executives, a national association membership organization that promotes effective and responsive philanthropy in Black communities. Jackson was recognized during an award ceremony at the ABFE Annual Conference, June 7 in Washington, D.C.

Established in 2002, this award recognizes an outstanding individual whose innovative leadership promotes philanthropy as a means of social change in Black communities and advances ABFE’s mission.

“I am greatly honored and humbled to be recognized for doing the work I love,” said Jackson. “To be included among the esteemed list of those that have received this award before me is inspiring.”

For more than 30 years, the POISE Foundation has been supporting programs that add value to the quality of life of Black Pittsburgh and the region as a whole.

“Ms. Jackson’s leadership at POISE and her efforts to transform philanthropy to better support Black families is deserving of recognition,” said Susan Taylor Batten, president and chief executive officer of ABFE. “She has been outstanding in her commitment to raise awareness and inspire philanthropic individuals and nonprofits to work collectively towards a brighter future for Black America and the country as a whole.”

“This is an extremely exciting time for POISE Foundation,” said Mark S. Lewis, POISE president and Chief Executive Officer.

“Karris plays an invaluable role helping the Foundation and ABFE continue to assist our community and be a catalyst for change.”


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