Women’s Philanthropy Institute Announces the 2023 Black Women Give Back List
The Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI), part of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, announced the honorees of the Black Women Give Back List, an initiative to showcase the important work and contributions of Black women philanthropists. Created in partnership with Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) and The Women Invested to Save the Earth (WISE) Fund, the campaign spotlights 10 outstanding philanthropists who are making an impact for Black women and girls by leading through generosity. “We’re delighted to collaborate with WPI and others to bring more visibility to the often unsung Black heroines of philanthropy worldwide,” said Dr. Jacqueline Copeland, founder of both BPM and WISE.
Building on existing research that demonstrates the unique perspectives women across race and ethnicity bring to philanthropy and recognizes women as leaders for racial justice causes, this list highlights the important work and contributions Black women philanthropists have made around the world.
The 10 honorees featured in the 2023 Black Women Give Back List are:
- Dahabo Ahmed-Omer, CEO, The Black North Initiative
- Akira Barclay, Founder, Fresh Philanthropy
- Ciara Coleman, Founder, Geaux Girl Giving
- Gisele Garraway, Founder and CEO, THRIVEfunds
- Magdaline Habiba Musa, Founder and Executive Director, One Tribe Initiative
- Aline Odara, Executive Director, Fundo Agbara
- Mandy Olowu, Founder, Hope Ambassadors and Child Care Organization
- Elizabeth Thompson, CEO, The CAFE Group
- Nyamekye Wilson, Founder and CEO, Black Sisters in STEM (Black SiS)
- Tsehai Wodajo, Executive Director, Resources for the Enrichment of African Lives
The honorees are featured in a video highlighting the initiative.
Their contributions will be showcased on August 31 with Reunity: The Black Women Give Back Awards, a virtual, international summit in collaboration with the Women's Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. “Our giving is about power to create a better future today. Black communities, especially Black women, are everyday feminists creating solutions that benefit us all—let’s fund them!” said Latanya Mapp Frett, Black Philanthropy Month co-sponsor and Global Fund for Women President and CEO.
Black Philanthropy Month and Reunity are programs of the Women Invested to Save Earth (WISE) Fund. WISE curates and produces BPM and Reunity with the support of a global leadership council representing its constituents.
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