The time, money, and energy put into searching and apply for grants can be overwhelming. We at Collective Impact understand that is why we provide grant alerts through our app and have recruited top-notch grant writers for our network to assist our nonprofits of color community.
It would help if you didn't become discouraged. Don't waste effort trying to convince grant funders who don't value your cause and community. Instead, apply for funding with Black Grant Foundations. In Impact Academy, we have a course, "Collaborating with Purpose," that focuses on partnering with people and organizations that align with your organization's values. In addition, July is the national Black Philantrophy month. Below you will find a list of Grant Foundations dedicated to improving Black communities by providing grants to black-led and community-focused nonprofit organizations.
Take a moment to connect with them online and research if your organization's mission aligns with their funding focus areas.
Young Black and Giving Back Institute
The Young, Black and Giving Back Institute (YBGB) mission is to educate, inspire, and empower young black professionals, influencers, social entrepreneurs, and activists to invest in changing their communities through philanthropy effectively.
Give 8/28 began in 2018 with a vision from YBGB Institute founder, Ebonie Johnson Cooper, to have a giving day dedicated to grassroots, Black nonprofits. As many ideas started on a shoestring budget, year one of Give 8/28 yielded results comparable to its guerilla approach. Yet, there was energy from the 114 participants and hope etched into the $12,700 the organizations collectively raised. In year two, Give 8/28 partnered with the crowdfunding platform, Mightycause to provide an invaluable infrastructure to the day. The new systems in place resulted in more than 170 nonprofits raising more than $34,000. In 2020, Give 8/28 raised more than $250,000 for more than 470 Black-led and Black-benefiting organizations from 2,291 donors.
Give 8/28 builds on the momentum created by Black Philanthropy Month with one concentrated day of giving for Black nonprofits, which leverages online fundraising tools to tap into the enthusiasm of the 21st Century philanthropist.
Registration opened on June 19, 2021, for this event. Organizations must meet the terms of participation. All registration submissions will be reviewed within 5 business days. Organizations that meet the terms will receive an email notification with instructions to pay a $25 registration fee. This fee helps the Young, Black & Giving Back Institute cover some of the costs associated with running this event and supports the Give 8/28 initiative. An organization’s registration will be complete upon payment confirmation.
As a registered 8/28 organization, you will be added to their directory of nonprofits. In addition, you can create a landing page dedicated to your Organization where people can donate through the 8/28 directory. On August 28th, donors will select organizations they feel passionate about supporting, so make your page stand out!
Collective Impact wants to cover the $25 registration for 3 organizations in our community. To enter to win, download the collective impact app and tell us about your organization BY July 15th. We will select our winners by 7/19.
Black Funders STL
Founded in 2016, The Black Funders of St. Louis (BFSTL) 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.
BFSTL began awarding grants in 2017.
The Black Philanthropic Network
ABFE is a group of eleven regional associations of Blacks in philanthropy, focusing on supporting philanthropy in Black communities. ABFE maintains the network through coordinated activities, sharing data and information, and supporting regular communications and/or convening among the regional groups.