Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!

I wish all of you a Happy, Safe, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

I started BlackGivesBack nearly two years ago and with each day that passes, I get more excited about sharing stories of giving. Whether its celebrities, athletes or everyday heroes, my goal is to inform, educate and showcase good works in the African American community.

I've had many highlights this year, one of them being interviewed for an article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The article focused on the lack of African American males working in the non profit sector. (You can view article here.)

My goal for 2009 is to expand BlackGivesBack with more content and stories of giving. I’ve been working on it all year, and I think you’ll be pleased when I’m finished! However, my initial plan to revamp the site was so lofty, I went over the little budget that I have. So now its back to the drawing board.

As 2008 comes to a close, many of you may be thinking of how you can give back to your community in 2009! Consider these:

Use your talent to volunteer for an afterschool program.
Use your skills to serve on a non profit board in your community.
Attend at least one charity related event during the year.
Become a mentor.
Join the PTA.
Join or form a giving circle. (For those of you in the D.C. area, you can join
A giving circle is a group of individuals who pool their monies to give back to their community.
Invite a child without a father figure on an outing with your family.
If you're an alumni of a HBCU, donate back to your school.
Participate in career day at your local school. Share how you made it.
Become a member of an African American museum, such as the
Reginald F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore or the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago.
If you're a business owner, hire youth for an after school job or paid internship.

Thank you for another great year!



Ms. Aja B. said...

It was truly a blessing to find this blog during 2008. It is encouraging and uplifting to see so many positive things happening within the Black Community--things that you never see on TV.

Thank you, Tracey, for all that you do on Black Gives Back.

Continued blessings and success to you in 2009!

Tracey said...

Thanks Ms. Aja B!

Peace, blessings and success to you also!

Brown Man said...

This has been one helluva year!

A year ago next week I started corresponding with people about the election - a couple months later, it was easier to do it as a blog that people could access when they wanted - now, we are all about to herald Brown Man Number One as he is inaugurated as our 44th president.

Back To Thinking Hard In 2009

My blog pretty much links to other political blogs, but "Black Gives Back" was so positive, showcasing the GOOD side of us, that I HAD to include you.

Keep up the good work!

Brown Man of “Brown Man Thinking Hard”

Michael Tillery said...

Tracey good luck to you sista. I'm very honored to have become acquainted with you the past year and a half because of the great work that you do. Can't stop, won't stop! Be Peace love and lets get it! I'll be in touch after shortly after the new year. I have some athletes who need some positive pub and who better to do this but you?

Tracey said...

Hey Brown Man,
Its an honor to be included!
P.S. I love the layout on your blog, keep up the great work!

Tracey said...

Hi Michael!
Haha - can't stop, won't stop...
I know that's right.

I've noticed a trend in '08 that more athletes are giving back. I'm looking forward to help you support and promote their efforts. Best wishes in '09 to you and your family!