These women have answered the call to be the change we all wish to see
ByThe Root Team 8/31/21 12:15PM When people think of “philanthropists,” they often think of celebrities or the ultrawealthy—people with private planes who make million-dollar donations and attend galas. But the truth is that anyone can be a philanthropist. Philanthropists are people who leverage their time, talent, treasure, testimony and ties to make the world a better place. Research from the Women’s Philanthropy Institute shows that women are often leaders in generosity—across all income levels, ages and backgrounds, women give more than men. Black women in particular lead through generosity in ways that aren’t always visible or acknowledged. That’s why the Women’s Philanthropy Institute partnered with Black Philanthropy Month and The Women Invested to Save Earth (WISE) Fund to shine a spotlight on ten incredible Black women philanthropists.
The Black Women Give Back List received nearly 150 nominations, which were reviewed by a selection committee that includes notable Black philanthropists Jocelyn Harmon, Dr. Jacqueline Bouvier Copeland, Yolanda F. Johnson, and A’Lelia Bundles, the great-great granddaughter of the iconic philanthropist and entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker. The ten stories that emerged demonstrate how Black women across ages, geographies, ethnicities and backgrounds are tapping into their time, expertise, wallets and networks to create the change they want to see.
To read the full story featuring Executive Director Betty Smith on this list click here