Friday, March 30, 2012

"Why Giving Circles? Why Now?" Hosted by Friends of Ebonie

I'd like to thank Ebonie Johnson Cooper of for hosting a great webinar this week titled, "Why Giving Circles? Why Now?" I was honored to serve as the guest speaker for Ebonie's inaugural "For Goodness Sake!" series that focused on giving circles and their benefit to individuals, communities and nonprofit organizations.

If you missed it, don't worry! The webinar is now available here. You'll learn what a giving circle is, how they work, and why they are essential to communities of color. You'll also learn why I started The Black Benefactors and resources if you'd like to start or join a giving circle.

Ebonie Johnson Cooper’s mission to give back to her community has been a life-long passion. Ebonie received board governance training through the United Way’s BoardServNYC program, has served on the Junior Committee of New York Cares, and led a grassroots public awareness campaign to successfully save the famous 55-year-old Pink Tea Cup Restaurant in New York from closure. She created Friends of Ebonie to inspire her peers and allow her giving circle to reach organizations that change lives. In 2010, Friends of Ebonie expanded to serve as an information platform for exceptional charities, volunteer opportunities and fundraising campaigns.

Ebonie is currently a Vice-President on the Junior Board of New York Cares, Inc. and an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Professionally, Ebonie manages the DIY Projects at KaBOOM! in Washington, DC. Her career also includes MTV, BET, and the Barack Obama Campaign for Change.

This is the first of many web interviews for Ebonie's "For Goodness Sake!" series, so I encourage you to visit her website at and subscribe to her newsletter, like her on Facebook and follow on Twitter at @FriendsofEbonie.  Thank you Ebonie and to all who participated!

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