A leading online platform for giving, DonorsChoose.org makes it easy to help students and classrooms in need through donations to educational projects in public schools. “From pencils for poetry to microscopes for mitochondria,”
Black Philanthropy Month, created by the African Women’s Development Fund USA (AWDF USA) in 2011 and held every August, is an annual, global celebration of African-descent giving. A concerted campaign is underway online (#BPM2013) and offline to encourage public participation in a wave of activities, discussions, thought pieces, events and generosity related to Black philanthropic efforts. The partnership is a strategic way to align BPM 2013's purpose of expanding opportunities for people of African descent to give through new channels such as crowdfunding and giving circles, as well as traditional methods such as volunteerism and more.
Coinciding with commemorations of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and Dr. King's unforgettable “I Have a Dream” speech, BPM 2013 provides both time for reflection on the state of the “dream” a half-century later and calls for action to address the most pressing challenges of the 21st century.
How has the BlackGivesBack to School™ drive already made an impact? Over 1,930 students have been reached through donations in honor of BPM 2013, and more individuals are urged to take action and become change agents by participating in the DonorChoose.org campaign.
Visit the DonorsChoose.org website and search over 15,000 listings by subject, keyword, state, city, zip code, school name, highest poverty, etc. to find a project to support. Donors should use the special BPM 2013 promotional code “DREAMS” and contribute to any DonorChoose.org project, with contributions of up to $50 being matched, dollar for dollar in support of Black Philanthropy Month. Enter the code “DREAMS” and click apply at checkout. Matching will end 6:00 a.m. ET on September 1, 2013 (Midnight August 31 in Hawaii).
To learn more about DonorsChoose.org and how it works, visit www.Donorschoose.org/
ABOUT BLACK PHILANTHROPY MONTH
Black Philanthropy Month (BPM), held every August, was created by the African Women’s Development Fund USA (AWDF USA) in 2011 as an annual, global celebration of African-descent giving. A concerted effort online (#bpm2013) and offline is underway to invite public participation in a wave of activities, discussions, thought pieces, events and generosity around giving that starts in August, surges through the year and washes into 2014. This year also holds special significance since August 28 marks the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the March on Washington, with the focal concept being BPM 2013: Of Dreams and Mountaintops. Principal partners of BPM 2013 are the African Women’s Development Fund USA (AWDF USA), BlackGivesBack.com (BGB), Community Investment Network (CIN) and the Giving Back Project (GBP). Visit www.blackphilanthropymonth.com for more information about the movement.