Usher Earns ‘Emerging Philanthropist’ Award For ‘New Look’ Efforts

R&B singer Usher Raymond IV will be honored for his philanthropic works in recent years at the 18th Annual Nonprofit Summit at Americasmart in Atlanta ! According to organizers, Usher, who joins Coca-Cola Foundation chairperson Ingrid Saunders, will receive the 2009 Emerging Philanthropist Award for his commitment to mentoring disadvantaged youth. His flagship project is Camp New Look, which has mentored over 1,300 talented youth from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Through his efforts with the “Our Block” program, he helped over 750 families in New Orleans re-establish housing and provided over 1,200 families with food and clothing. Most recently, he implemented the “I Can’t But You Can” campaign to mobilize voter registration and youth engagement. As a special honor for his achievements under this program, he and members of the organization were invited to attend the 2009 presidential inauguration. “It is a privilege and honor to recognize both Ingrid Saunders Jones and Usher for their revolutionary leadership in philanthropy,” stated Karen Beavor, President and CEO of the Georgia Center for Nonprofits. A total of four Revolutions awards will be given on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at the 18th Annual Nonprofit Summit. The Summit is the largest gathering of nonprofit professionals in the Southeast, bringing together hundreds of leaders from the corporate, government and nonprofit arenas to exchange ideas and solutions surrounding the top issues impacting our communities.

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