Founded in 2016, four trailblazing women of color (Shana Salley-MacMillan, Summer Willow Fitch, Jacqueline Ferguson & Tamika Otis) set out to engage African American women and girls in philanthropy by joining agrowing trend in women's collective giving. Just like many collective giving circles, BWG believes in creating a philanthropic effort thathas two primary goals: (1) educate members about community needs and (2) multiply the impact of individual gifts. Our members represent montage of backgrounds, religions, occupations, experiences, beliefs, and individual interests. We are professionals, entrepreneurs, educators, mothers, sisters, daughters, activists, students, and retirees who call the Southeast region of Pennsylvania our home. As a collective, we learn about localneeds in underrepresented communities of color and thenonprofits working to meet those needs. Our process includes researching, discussing, and experiencing the vital work being done, as we simultaneously identify gaps in services to our communities. At the end of each grant cycle, we culminate our findings and as a collective, we vote to award impactful grants. We are working to foster positive and sustainable change within underrepresented communities of color.
The 2nd Annual Grant Cycle Launch was held in Phillidelphia, PA
Tamika D. Otis, Jaqueline T. Ferguson, Summer W. Fitch, and Shana K. Salley-Macmillan