Thursday, April 29, 2010

Celebrating BlackGivesBack's 3 Year Anniversary Part III

Throughout the month I'm sharing some of my favorite posts in celebration of my three year blogging anniversary!

These posts highlight some of our brightest and rising social entrepreneurs, such as Monica Majors, an alum of Spelman College who founded The Giving Seed, an on-line shopping tool that allows customers to donate a portion of proceeds to selected non-profits. Monica shared, “The Giving Seed was founded on the principal that each individual, as a member of a domestic and international community, is responsible for planting “giving seeds” – seeds of hope, seeds of compassion and seeds of transformation. My brother and I launched The Giving Seed because bold, innovative solutions were critical to many non-profits’ survival. By helping to “fill” the contribution gap which many non-profits face, we assist them in moving from “survival mode” back to building and expanding programming.” Read the post HERE.

Read about Dana Hill, a PR, marketing and event consultant who launched The Black Doll Affair,a philanthropic, social network of black women who donate black dolls to black girls at Christmas. Learn how you can get involved.

Meet Michelle Hannah, founder of the Celebrate Life Foundation, who has made it her life's mission to educate girls and women on HPV and cervical cancer after her diagnosis. Her Survivor Pageants, held across the country, celebrate the life of women living with cancer.

Planning a party for a young girl? Ten years ago, a then 15-year old Nashville teenager who was volunteering at her local day care center saw the need for African American children’s entertainment characters - and decided to do something about it. Ebonirose Wade founded Rosa's Doll House in 1997, a children’s entertainment company that provides African American entertainment characters for children’s parties, functions and more. Read about her company HERE.

Two brothers from Pittsburg, Raymar and Robert Hampshire, founded Sponsor Change, that addresses the challenge of rising student loan debt and falling volunteer rates of young professionals, by aiding them in being civically engaged while providing student loan stipends. Raymar’s non profit background as a Coro Fellow, along with Robert’s IT and research experience as a Ph.D from Princeton University, proved to be the perfect combination to launch this social venture. Read their story HERE.

And a HUGE thank you to my readers who attended the DC Blacks Give Back happy hour last night! Hosted by the African American Nonprofit Network, the Black Benefactors and the Black Philanthropic Alliance, over 100 of you networked for a good cause with the proceeds benefiting the Black Benefactors! It was great to meet you all and stay tuned for the next one!

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