Maranda Richardson, Founder and President, says “2018 is just the beginning, we are eager to increase our efforts to transform and elevate Black communities.”
After an eventful year, Black Funders of St. Louis (BFSTL) unveils an infographic summarizing its varied contributions to the St. Louis community in 2018. A total of 22 individuals comprising BFSTL’s membership awarded over $2,000 in grant funding to Black-led area non-profits, and donated time and talents valued at $46,000 throughout 2018. Time and talent contributions included: workshops focused on capacity building during August, Black Philanthropy Month, creating youth support curriculum for the Sickle Cell Association and for S.H.E.R.A.H, creating evaluation materials for Bailey Youth Empowerment Foundation, and donating children books to The Biome School. The BFSTL infographic will be used in 2019 to inform and engage the public about the benefits of Black people investing in their own community.
According to Maranda Richardson, “Black Funders of St. Louis is working to collectively pool resources to increase impact while engaging community. We have a commitment to the work and welcome the opportunity to partner with other organizations to advance the work.”
Black Funders of St. Louis giving circle is a nontraditional form of philanthropy with a mission that encourages its membership to pool time, talents, and treasures to invest in the black community and positively impact the well-being of black children, youth, adults and families in the St. Louis Metropolitan area.