The $100 million fundraising initiative will support making Black girls’ dreams a reality
The Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium is proud to announce the launch of a 10-year campaign to raise $100 million to financially empower the goals of Southern Black girls and women in the U.S. through the Black Girls Dream Fund. The new Fund seeks to fundraise and shift current grantmaking efforts in the South, channelling greater resources toward organizations that are intentionally supporting and empowering Black girls and women.
SBGWC consists of a group of organizations, led by Black women, in the philanthropic space, particularly in the South. Members include: the Appalachian Community Fund, the Black Belt Community Foundation, the Fund for Southern Communities and TruthSpeaks Consulting.
“We are radically reimagining how to support Black women and girls in the South,” said LaTosha Brown, founder of TruthSpeaks Consulting, based in Atlanta, Ga. “Through this new initiative, spearheaded by Black women for Black girls and women, we are breaking the traditional philanthropic model to develop a new approach to fundraising that centers our voices and allows us to play a leading role in shaping our own destiny. This is vision and self-determination in action because if we change the future of the Black girl in the South, we change the South.”
Inspired and informed by research conducted by SBGWC through listening sessions with hundreds of Black girls and women throughout the South, funding will be used to advance services and supports, ranging from affordable housing, entrepreneurial endeavors, legal assistance, mental and physical health, and more.