Black Women Give and Our Vision
What Does Black Women Give Do?
The Black Women Give Foundation (BWG) is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to engage and inspire African American women and girls through philanthropy by collectively funding impactful grants for organizations working to foster positive and sustainable change within underrepresented communities of color.
Why focus grantmaking on underrepresented communities of color?
We believe the organizations working within underrepresented communities of color do not have access to a committed pool of resources, with a primary goal of assisting them in achieving their mission. Our organization seeks to fund and support the issues in which the more endowed organizations do not consider a part of their social responsibility footprint.
How is BWG governed?
As a membership organization, BWG uses a democratic process of one member, one vote! Members elect the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer; and shall be elected for a two (2) year term. Chairs of the standing committees are appointed by the Board of Directors. Full membership votes are required annually to ratify grants and are always required if a change is proposed in the annual contribution or the allocation of that contribution.
Who decides which grants get funded?
Once the Grants Committee completes its months-long process, it submits its recommendations to the Board of Directors. With the Board’s approval, final grants are then submitted to our Members at the Annual Meeting, where members have the opportunity to ask questions, and then vote to ratify the new grants.
What is a Full Voting Member?
Principal (Full Voting) Member: Ability to serve on the board, sub-committees, and attend annual, general, and special meetings of the Members. You are the individuals who vote to ratify all grants “one member, one vote”. You are eligible to participate in any shows, activities, seminars, and conferences; and will be entitled to receive all documentation and materials generated by BWG. To become a Principal Member of the 2018 grant cycle, you must be 18 yrs. or older and fund your membership contribution in full. You do not need to be invited by a member, simply complete the Membership Commitment Form and submit with your minimum donation of $400. You're free to evaluate your membership commitment each year.
What is a Diamond Elite Member
Diamond Elite Member: Receive all of the benefits of a Principal Full Voting Member. To be identified as a Diamond Elite Member, a minimum donation of $1,000 is required. To become a Diamond Elite member, you must be 18 yrs. or older and fund your membership contribution in full. You do not need to be invited by a member, simply complete the Membership Commitment Form and submit with your donation based on the membership type you want to commit to. You're free to evaluate your membership commitment each year.
What is a Jewel?
Jewel of BWG: Give your special gift and participate in BWG public events and service projects. This is a category for individuals who wish to donate between $10-$399. To become a Jewel, you must be 18 yrs. or older and fund your membership contribution in full. You do not need to be invited by a member, simply complete the Membership Commitment Form and submit with your donation based on the membership type you want to commit to. You're free to evaluate your membership commitment each year.
Do you have to be a women of color to join?
Absolutely NOT! BWG does not restrict membership on the basis of race, color, citizenship status, residency, disability, sex, sexual orientation, religion, or national origin.
What is the time commitment for Members?
That's entirely up to you! As a Member, you can tailor your level of involvement to fit your schedule and preferences. Some members are ``blissful check writers;” others like to participate more.
Can men join, too? Yes, Join the Black Tie Club.
Yes! Although BWG is a female-led philanthropic effort, men are welcome to support our efforts by donating to the Black Tie Club. We encourage our men to consider sponsoring women within their network, such as school, church, community or place of employment. The Black Tie Club was designed for men to make a Special Gift in Honor/Memory of a loved one, friend or colleague. Donations must be $400 or more and Black Tie Club members have the option to designate a woman for membership as a result of their gift. Men who donate under the auspices of the Black Tie Club can attend all BWG public events and also receive special perks at our annual gala, including a “VS Black Tie”.
What meetings and events are held throughout the year? Do you have to be a Member to attend?
BWG hosts a number of events throughout the year, including large semi-annual luncheons in the spring and fall (Member Forum and Annual Meeting), smaller educational events, an Annual Black Tie Gala. Nearly all of our events are open to the public.
Should I consider a time of year when joining or renewing?
You're welcome to join or renew at any time during the year. We encourage members to pay their annual dues in full. If you join or renew after awards have been granted for a fiscal year, your dues simply roll into the next year’s grant pool and your participation in your membership level activities would activate upon the following fiscal year.
What is Collective Giving?
Collective giving has two goals: (1) educate members about community needs and strategic philanthropy and (2) multiply the impact of individual gifts. Each year, each member contributes to our grants pool to fund impactful grants.
Is collective giving a pass-through, like a donor-advised fund?
No, a donor-advised fund is a charitable giving vehicle administered by a public charity that manages donations on behalf of families or individuals. BWG has a specific mission and vision and runs a grants process to advance our goals.
What is the minimum donation to become a member?
Yes! You can become a Jewel of BWG and donate any amount you choose. Donations of $399 or less do not provide the donor with voting or membership privileges. These donations will be designated to the grant pool, at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Anyone can donate funds to the grant pool - membership is not required.
How are donations allocated?
20% of Voting / Non-Voting memberships, Black Tie Club and Jewel donations are allocated to the following: %11 endowment investment and %9 to defray operational expenses.
Are there standing committees? How do I volunteer?
Yes, there are six standing Committees: Marketing, Communications, Finance, Grants, Membership and Nominating. Please contact the committee chairs.
Can I join more then one committee?
Yes, of course. We do try to seat every member who has requested to sit on a committee first before seating members on a second committee.
How can I volunteer?
Black Women Give is 100% volunteer led. In order to achieve our goals, we need your support. There are numerous in-kind opportunities. Please feel free to contact our office to learn how you or your company can become an in-kind sponsor!
What Roles Interest You?
o Membership Outreach
o Events Volunteer
o Writing for Publications
o Grant Applications Reviewer
o Committee Member or Chair
How can you help?
Black Women Give members may choose to serve on Focus Area Committees to review grant applications and participate in a thorough vetting process that leads to recommending finalists.