Thursday, June 14, 2012

Help Celebrate The Black Benefactors 5th Anniversary with Razoo's Twive and Receive

I'm pleased to announce that my giving circle, The Black Benefactors, is participating in Razoo's Twive and Receive, a 24 hour online fundraising campaign. From now until 3:00 am EST on June 15th, your donation will help us to fund organizations serving the African American community in the Washington, DC region, and help us to win prizes of up to $30,000!  Visit here to donate!

I created The Black Benefactors in 2007 to support DC's African American nonprofit community and here's how we work:  We pool our monies and time with our peers, and then we decide collectively where to give them away. We've granted $11,500 to six organizations that provide mentoring, youth development, college readiness, arts and more.  I was inspired to create a giving circle after experiencing challenges I faced early in my career while managing a nonprofit organization.  Not having a strong plan in place for board recruitment and development, fundraising and marketing ultimately caused its demise.   On my last day, I vowed to myself to do whatever I could to help organizations build their capacity to prevent them from having to close their doors.  My vision was to create a network of individuals who give their money and time to help address these issues and to increase diversity among volunteers and board members in nonprofit organizations.  I'm proud of our successes to date, and I hope this fundraiser will provide funds (and new members!) so we can award larger grants this year in observance of our 5th anniversary.

And, I'd like to thank all of the founding and annual members - without you, none of this would be possible!  They are:  Maxine B. Baker, Rachel and Paxton Baker, Jana Baldwin, Faith Bynoe, Michael and Latoya Coffey, Rubie Coles, Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Tekisha Everette, Ivan Fitzgerald and Monica Grover, Jovette Gadson, Maya Garrett, Celena Green, Angela Jones Hackley, Erin Lee Hairston, Jennifer Hardy, Melissa Johnson, Edward Jones, Thelma Jones, Anita Marsh, Desy Osunsade, Robert Parker III, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Parker Jr., Alexandra Rucker, Marjorie R. Sims, Vernon Spearman, Stacey Trammel and Keight Tucker.

To learn more about The Black Benefactors, visit here, here and here!

Visit our fundraising page here, and please post on our Facebook page at or tweet us at @blkbenefactors to let us know of your donation!  Thank you!

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