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Kim Covington to lead ACF's Black Philanthropy Initiative

The Arizona Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Kim Covington has been hired to advance the work of its Black Philanthropy Initiative. Covington is best known locally as an award-winning journalist and education advocate, having been a reporter and anchor on 12News for the past decade. Covington recently resigned her position at 12News to lead her own education and philanthropic consulting firm, The Covington Company, with ACF serving as one of her first clients.

The Black Philanthropy Initiative began in 2008 under the leadership of the Arizona Community Foundation staff, Board members and a dedicated task force comprised of respected African-American leaders. Through strategic grantmaking, the initiative aims to build philanthropic assets to support nonprofit organizations serving African Americans in such critical areas as health, education, workforce development and community building.

The Black Philanthropy Initiative unites and increases engagement of African Americans and others in Arizona through education, networking and information sharing. Its signature Feed Your Soul lecture series features speakers with diverse areas of expertise to share research and discuss topics of concern in the Black community. Additionally, two philanthropic giving circles are organized under the Black Philanthropy Initiative: the African-American Women’s Giving and Empowerment Circle and Real Engagement through Active Philanthropy, or REAP.

“Kim brings a stellar background and great expertise to ACF and to the BPI effort,” said Elisa de la Vara, Sr. Director of Philanthropic Services for Community Initiatives. “The BPI is an important community initiative for ACF, and her involvement will provide the attention and support needed to further build on its past successes and reach the high-level goals the BPI Task Force and ACF have established for this initiative.”

Covington brings nearly 30 years of broadcast news and community leadership experience to her new endeavor. In addition to producing and reporting daily news, Covington has utilized her visibility and platform to serve as an advocate for education, children, philanthropic development, community outreach, and the nonprofit sector. She spearheaded and managed the Emmy-Award winning “School Solutions” franchise aimed at advancing best practices in education, and she led, produced and facilitated NBC News’ Education Nation in New York and during its Phoenix tour.

Covington was a news reporter and anchor for TV stations in Grand Rapids, Mich., as well as St. Louis and Springfield, Mo., for 20 years before moving to the Valley in 2005. She led special community initiatives in each market, including the consumer advocacy projects “Try It Before You Buy It” and “13 on Your Side,” as well as community-building efforts such as “13 Food For Families” and “Healing the Racial Divide.”

Her community leadership experience spans a range of organizations and causes. She is the Honorary Chair for the Brain Injury Alliance of Arizona’s Bowling for Brain event. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and serves on several committees including ACF’s Education Subcommittee. She is a founding board member of the Multi-Racial Association of Professionals in Michigan.

Covington has been the recipient of several awards, including the Judge Jean Williams Service Award, the Arizona School Public Relations Association Award of Excellence, four Emmy Awards for excellence in reporting, and several Associated Press awards for uncovering a dark secret in Springfield. That series on race relations, called “Ebony in an Ivory Tower,” sparked community forums and was also later broadcast as a special on PBS.

Covington is a graduate of University of Missouri - Columbia where she earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism.

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