August 1st marks the beginning of Black Philanthropy Month 2014 (#BPM2014), a month-long, multi-media campaign designed to inform, inspire and invest in Black philanthropic leadership. Founded by the African Women’s Development Fund USA and proclaimed by the United Nations and Congress in August 2011, Black Philanthropy Month was created as an annual, global celebration of African-descent giving in the United States and worldwide. This year’s theme is “Generosity at Home and Around the Globe.” Follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for our daily profile of black philanthropists.
Beverly Bond: Celebrity DJ and Founder of Black Girls Rock, Inc.
Beverly Bond is no stranger when it comes to entertaining. She began her career as a DJ at the hottest nightclubs in New York, showing her skills on the turntables in front of packed crowds that included celebrities from the entertainment and music industries. Bond then realized that she had the talent and abilities that demanded attention from others. Bond launched the Black Girls Rock (BGR) movement in 2006. BGR is a non-profit organization with the mission to empower and mentor young women of color. The organization also promotes the arts; Black Girls Rock, along with the United Negro College Fund, sponsors the Imagine A Future Scholarship which offers up to $5,000 to girls in college maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA.
In honor of some of the great achievements among black women, BET has hosted a BGR event every year since 2010. Awards are given to women of color that are leaders in their community. Honorees include Raven-Symone and MC Lyte. Most recently, Bond has been recognized by Ebony magazine as being one of the most influential blacks in America. #BPM2014 #TheWrightMuseum
Your support is vital to helping The Wright Museum fulfill its mission to provide “learning opportunities, exhibitions, programs and events based on collections and research that explore the diverse history and culture of African Americans and their African origins.” Gifts from individuals are a vital source of operating support for the museum, and is an investment in the largest African American museum in the world!