Some African-American celebrities have made their presence known beyond entertainment and sports and have engaged in philanthropy, sharing their fortunes, and giving of their time and resources to help those who are less fortunate and in need. These Black celebrities have faced criticism from within the Black community for their charitable activities — specifically, for giving to charity in Africa and elsewhere in the diaspora rather than to Black people in America.
The act of giving through providing financial assistance and different types of support to people and communities in need can often transform the lives of people for the better. This policy brief looks at the different forms of philanthropy, its benefits, and risks.
The Mastercard Foundation has committed $100 million to the Young Africa Works foundation and this will be dedicated to helping young Africans, particularly women, learn skills and secure high-quality jobs by 2030.
Peyton McGriff, a young woman from Treasure Valley, is impacting lives of school girls in Africa through her non-profit called S.H.E which stands for style, her, empowerment. S.H.E teams up with communities in Africa to make sure every young girl has a school uniform and the tools they need to succeed in the classroom. So far, S.H.E has helped 65 girls in its first year
On March 5, in San Jose, tennis giant and world philanthropist Bill Gates teamed up to play for charity. The event called ‘Match for Africa 5’ was Federer’s fifth Match For Africa and about $2.5million was generated for the Roger Federer Foundation towards supporting educational projects in six different countries in southern Africa as well as his native Switzerland.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $35 million to Cornell University for the second phase of its program to boost crop yields of cassava in Zimbabwe and other African countries.
Tanzanian Children to benefit from $ 2.7 million grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)
The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation have begun the Malezi II, a three year project to scale up early childhood development (ECD) services in Tanzania. This was launched with a grant of $2.7 million to help locate Tanzanian children in need of ECD services.
Merck Foundation signs Memorandum of Understanding with Organization of African First Ladies to build Cancer and Fertility Care Capacity in their Countries
Merck Foundation, a German non-profit organization signed a Memorandum of understanding with the African First Ladies Organization to raise cancer awareness, build professional capacity and improving healthcare access in the field of Cancer and fertility care in Africa.
The Wood Foundation Africa (TWFA) has been working with East African tea farmers since 2012 and has had a dramatic effect on the rural economy because it operates a venture philanthropy model- a system where business development is of topmost priority when donations are made and its employees are also its partners in business. The foundation charged philanthropic organizations to follow suit and fund similar projects that will have long-term rewards.
Tennis icon Roger Federer and software tycoon Bill Gates will participate in a charity match to help raise money for children’s education in Africa through the Roger Federer Foundation. The event called “Match for Africa 5” will take place in San Jose, California on March 5, 2018.
In the month of January 2018, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $164.5 million to Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa to improve soil health, and $46.9 million to TechnoServe for coffee production in East Africa.
Beijing Zoo collaborates with African Wildlife Foundation on the conservation of Africa’s wildlife and wild lands
The African Wildlife Foundation and the Beijing Zoo have agreed on a partnership to protect wildlife and wild lands and promote biodiversity research and education in Africa.
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has granted the Feed The Future Innovation Lab for Livestock System at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) $8.7M to fund projects aimed at improving the quality and quantity of food in developing countries of Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.
The US Agency for International Development opened a library in Zambia’s capital Lusaka, to increase access to quality education for all young people. It is called the Lubuto Mthunzi American Youth Library.
One of the ways donors identify which causes and nonprofits to support is by asking for advice from their peers and friends then they ‘Meet and greet’. Once donors have identified causes they’re interested in, talking to nonprofit staff and board members is usually how they engage in due diligence before making gifts and winning their confidence is what matters most in closing major gifts.
Facebook mogul and co-founder of the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, Mark Zuckerberg, will begin to sell off millions of shares in his company in the next 18 months to fund philanthropic work in education, science and advocacy. This big infusion into CZI will range between $6 billion and $12 billion.
WITH a six-figure salary from a London private equity firm, it could be expected that Grayden Reece-Smith would be living it up on eye-wateringly expensive holidays or driving a suitably flash sports car around south London, where he lives. Instead, the 28-year-old lives a very different existence to his peers and gives away everything he earns over £42,000 – a figure he calculated he could comfortably live on.
Charitable gifts made this week on Giving Tuesday soared to a new high, an estimated $274 million raised online in just 24 hours. That’s an impressive outpouring of generosity that underscores the enduring power of small donors in an era when mega-givers tend to get most of the attention.
“Philanthropy can take words and use them so much that they become meaningless,” remarks Rev. Mac Legerton, executive director of the Center for Community Action, based in Eastern North Carolina, in a report from the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP).
As a result of a decrease in donor funding for refugees in Kenya and other host countries, the united nations is seeking for new ways to aid the hundreds of thousands of refugees living in camps in these countries.
The Sentry, an initiative of the Enough Project and Not On Our Watch, has announced a $1 million gift from co-founder George Clooney in support of efforts to track down war criminals and their financial networks in Africa.
Forbes, the American business magazine well known for its lists and rankings, recently published a list of the 100 most powerful women in the world. The list featuring powerful and well known women such as Melinda Gates, Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, had Isabel Dos Santos as the only African woman on the list. She was listed as the 74th most powerful woman in the world.