Our Impact/Philanthropy


The impact of investment leads to powerful outcomes. Philanthropy brings some of the best ideas to life. It transforms organizations, communities, families and individuals.

The Executive Leadership Council (ELC) is committed to advancing the plight of the Black community. Grounded in the principle of Sankofa –always face forward, but never forget from whence we’ve come.

Established in 1986, The ELC has worked to build an inclusive business leadership pipeline. We empower Black corporate leaders to make significant and impactful contributions in the global marketplaces and their communities.

Powerful outcomes lend itself to a healthier and more vibrant eco-system where people can realize their potential.

“Our careers as business executives have afforded us many advantages, among them productive lives in society, opportunity to contribute, lucrative incomes and wealth accrual. We want no less for the young black women and men in our communities. The ELC is committed to paying it forward.”

Former ELC Board Chair, Tonie Leatherberry


The ELC proudly provides scholarship support to talented undergraduate and graduate college students. The ELC, along with our corporate partners, have committed more than $5M since 1995. Scholarship recipients attend over 40 top universities across the country and are celebrated at the annual Recognition Gala.

The Black Male Initiative

In 2020, The ELC piloted The Black Male Initiative (ELC BMI) (hyperlink) in collaboration with the business schools of Delaware State University, Howard University and North Carolina A&T State University. ELC BMI was created to address the academic achievement gap facing young Black men with respect to college matriculation and persistence.

Impact Grants

The ELC is committed to civic responsibility and community support to national and local organizations that address strategic needs in the Black community with impact grants.

ELC Annual Fund

Our annual fund provides on-going unrestricted support to the most pressing operational initiatives within the ELC.

ELC Endowment

Our endowment fund provides long-term permanent support to help advance the strategic initiatives within the ELC that protect and uplift diversity, equity and inclusion.

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