Explore weekly segments from the Greater Giving Moment on WKNO 91.1. FM, where Julia McDonald from the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis shares how to give smarter and do more good for your causes and your community.
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(Feb. 3, 2022) It’s a long-standing myth that philanthropic giving in the Black community doesn’t exist. But the reality is, nationwide, two-thirds of all Black households donate to organizations and causes, totaling more than 11 billion dollars a year.
Memphis and the Mid-South are no different. In addition to giving on their own, some donors and community groups have found that collective giving is power.
The Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis is a group of women, including entrepreneurs and executives, with one goal in common...helping more Memphis women of color become self-sufficient. They established a fund at the Community Foundation in 2005, and even today, this group still gives annually to women- and youth-focused organizations throughout Memphis.
Booker T. Washington, the famous Black author and educator, once said, “There are two ways of exerting one’s strength; one is pushing down, the other is pulling up.” The Philanthropic Black Women of Memphis put those words into action as they continually lift as they climb.