Tag: Philanthropy

Big Beauty Tuesday: Supermodel and Activist Joan Smalls Explains Why She Launched Donate My Wage

If pretty is as pretty does, perhaps we should expect exceptional behavior from the women who hold that rare title of “supermodel.” But in the wake of the protests that have swept the country and the resulting calls for accountability across industries, Joan Smalls asked her industry to think bigger than the performative black box. […]

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Netflix Moves $100 Million to Black-Owned Banks

Want this delivered to your inbox each day? Sign up here. Netflix’s $100 million plan to boost black lenders We have the first look at a new move to help bridge the racial economic divide in America: Netflix will shift some of its $5 billion in cash to financial institutions that focus on black communities. […]

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Beyoncé to Receive 2020 Humanitarian Award at the 2020 BET Awards

Photo: Brad Barket (Getty Images) At Sunday night’s BET Awards, Beyoncé will be the recipient of the 2020 Humanitarian Award, which will be presented virtually. According to a press release obtained by The Root, outside of her successful music career, Beyoncé has a proven philanthropic track record which demonstrates her ability to “give back to […]

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If Black Lives Really Matter to the Rich, Philanthropy Isn’t Enough

I have lived on both sides of American inequality. I began life in the bottom 1 percent but found my way to the top. And I know, all too personally, that the distance between the two never has been greater. Last winter, at a black-tie gala — the kind of event where guests pay $100,000 […]

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In Poor Countries, Many Covid-19 Patients Are Desperate for Oxygen

As the coronavirus pandemic hits more impoverished countries with fragile health care systems, global health authorities are scrambling for supplies of a simple treatment that saves lives: oxygen. Many patients severely ill with Covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, require help with breathing at some point. But now the epidemic is spreading rapidly in […]

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Extending a Lifeline to Museums

LONDON — The global pandemic has struck hard at countless institutions, among them most of the world’s museums. Forced to close their doors to visitors, a major source of revenue, and to cancel or postpone exhibitions, they have struggled to stay alive. But some help is coming soon, from a perhaps unlikely source. This year, […]

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What Should Companies Do on Juneteenth?

Want to get this in your inbox each morning? Sign up here. The meaning of Juneteenth Tomorrow, June 19, is Juneteenth, a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. African-Americans have celebrated it since the late 1800s. This year, the holiday has become a focus of companies’ response to the national reckoning […]

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A Growing PATTERN: Tracee Ellis Ross Tells The Glow Up About Her Beauty Brand’s Next Phase

Photo: Sharif Hamza (Pattern Beauty) “This is a revolution,” proclaims the newest video promo for Pattern Beauty, the haircare line launched by actress-entrepreneur Tracee Ellis Ross in September 2019. Though Ross couldn’t have predicted our current state of affairs when she planned the next rollout of products for her already-cult-favorite brand, the words of the […]

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Netflix C.E.O. Reed Hastings Gives $120 Million to Historically Black Colleges

Reed Hastings, the co-founder of Netflix, and his wife, Patty Quillin, donated $120 million to the United Negro College Fund, Spelman College and Morehouse College, the largest-ever individual gift to support scholarships at historically black colleges and universities. The record donation comes amid protests following the police killing of George Floyd, and the national conversation […]

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Tyler Perry Reportedly Funding Rayshard Brooks’ Funeral

Photo: Jamie McCarthy (Getty Images) Atlanta resident Rayshard Brooks was killed by a white police officer over the weekend, and writer-director-producer-actor Tyler Perry is reportedly funding the 27-year-old’s funeral. The Brooks’ family’s attorney L. Chris Stewart confirmed the news during a conference on June 15. Advertisement “We want to thank and acknowledge Tyler Perry, who […]

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Racial Justice Groups Flooded With Millions in Donations in Wake of Floyd Death

The killing of George Floyd and the ensuing nationwide wave of protests are generating a record-setting flood of donations to racial justice groups, bail funds and black-led advocacy organizations across America, remaking the financial landscape of black political activism in a matter of weeks. Money has come in so fast and so unexpectedly that some […]

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Party Planners on Pause, Awaiting Revelry’s Return

As New York City crawls toward reopening, even as momentous protests fill the streets, the formal events industry, predicated on people assembling en masse for merrymaking or shared purpose, remains in the dark. These splashy affairs of yore — high-stakes fund-raisers, slick product introductions, galas, conferences, rollicking celebrations — organized by teams of party professionals […]

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Leading Foundations Pledge to Give More, Hoping to Upend Philanthropy

The week after the U.S. economy shut down in March, Darren Walker, the president of the Ford Foundation, fielded a stream of phone calls from the heads of dozens of organizations that Ford supports. Many were panicked. One was in tears. “There was a sense of desperation and panic from these usually self-assured leaders,” Mr. […]

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How to Feed Crowds in a Protest or Pandemic? The Sikhs Know

Inside a low, brick-red building in Queens Village, a group of about 30 cooks has made and served more than 145,000 free meals in just 10 weeks. They arrive at 4 a.m. three days a week to methodically assemble vast quantities of basmati rice, dal, beans and vibrantly flavored sabzis for New York City hospital […]

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BTS Fans Raise $1 Million for Black Lives Matter Movement, Fan Group Says

Fans of the K-pop boy band BTS have raised more than $1 million for Black Lives Matter, the Movement for Black Lives and more than a dozen other civil rights and advocacy organizations, a fan group said on Sunday, as protests against police brutality and systemic racism continued worldwide. The fund-raising push began on June […]

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Michael Jordan and the Jordan Brand Commits $100 Million in Donations for Racial Justice

Photo: Jonathan Daniel (Getty Images) Former NBA star and forever basketball great Michael Jordan has pledged to donate $100 million over the next ten years to organizations working to ensure racial equality, social justice, and greater access to education. The massive joint commitment from Jordan and his Jordan Brand was announced on Friday. Advertisement In […]

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2,000 Free Meals a Night, Seasoned by Silicon Valley Chefs

PALO ALTO, Calif. — Andres Pantoja, an up-and-coming Silicon Valley sous chef, spent his pre-pandemic evenings delicately preparing the $115 plate of lamb chops and deboning the $42 Psari Plaki whole fish at a fashionable restaurant here. It is frantic work serving 200 upscale meals a night. His new gig is proving way more chaotic, […]

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As Protesters Flood Streets, Money Flows to Democrats, Bail Funds and Charities

The mass protests that have swept the nation in recent days to express outrage at the death of George Floyd have been paired with a flood of financial donations, as hundreds of thousands of Americans have opened their wallets to give to charitable groups, community bail funds and Democratic candidates. The Minnesota Freedom Fund, which […]

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Virgil Abloh’s Comments About the #FedUprising Weren’t Just ‘Off-White,’ They Were Way Off

Virgil Abloh attends the Lanvin show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on February 26, 2020, in Paris, France.Photo: Pascal Le Segretain (Getty Images) When a moment as significant as the George Floyd protests evolve into what has been dubbed the “Fed-Up-rising,” people are bound to have an opinion about it. […]

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How a Minnesota Bail Fund Raised $20 Million to Help Jailed Protestors

A small Minneapolis bail fund has received millions of dollars in funding from people after the killing of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after a white police officer pinned him to the ground with his knee. Since Wednesday, the Minnesota Freedom Fund, founded in 2016, has received tens of thousands […]

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How to Get Your Money to Those Who Need It More Than You

As unemployment claims pass 40 million and the anxious people who file them grow more desperate, an altruistic instinct has emerged among those who are more financially secure. But the sheer breadth of the pain is almost overwhelming, and the appeals are everywhere. And the impulse is to help — now — when confronted with […]

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Celebrities: Sometimes You Have the Range to Speak Out and Sometimes You Have Philanthropy

Young African American activist woman asking for change holding banner with message stressed with hand on head, shocked with shame and surprise face, angry and frustrated. ; close up of woman’s cupped hands showing euro coinsPhoto: Shutterstock Unrest—it’s a word I’ve read and heard used to describe the emotional state of protestors around the country […]

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Where Coronavirus Help on Facebook Is ‘Inherently Political’

The three young idealists met before this all started, when the most pressing issues they faced were climate change, environmental justice and ensuring clean water for Detroit residents. They were all organizers of a sort: eager to do the unglamorous work of convincing people that they could dream bigger, and demand more from their government. […]

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ICON 360: Harlem’s Fashion Row Launches a New Nonprofit and Virtual Fundraiser for Designers Impacted by COVID-19

CEO and Founder of Harlem’s Fashion Row Brandice Henderson at One World Trade Center on September 05, 2019, in New York City.Photo: Mike Pont (Getty Images for BET) Harlem’s Fashion Row (HFR) was founded to bring attention and a much-needed platform to designers of color—and it’s done so for over a decade, garnering groundbreaking respect […]

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Tom Moore, a.k.a. Captain Tom, Gives Britain Hope During Coronavirus

MARSTON MORETAINE, England — Hannah Ingram-Moore always knew her dad was a good story. A decorated British Army officer from World War II, Tom Moore is charming, droll and confoundingly energetic. Spry doesn’t begin to cover it: At 99, he was mowing the lawn, tending a greenhouse and driving his own car. When he fell […]

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The Making of Marcus Rashford

The whole story can be distilled from the single conversation that started it all. A few weeks ago, Marcus Rashford was sitting at home with his family, watching the news pour in and the storm clouds gather. Country after country was going into lockdown because of the coronavirus: Italy first, then Spain, then France. It […]

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Hyundai and Aptiv redeploy autonomous vehicles to deliver meals to vulnerable people in Las Vegas

The Hyundai-Aptiv Driving Joint Venture, a collaboration between Hyundai and startup Aptiv to develop autonomous vehicle technologies, is using driverless vehicles in Las Vegas to deliver food to families in partnership with a nonprofit. In a conversation with VentureBeat last week, CEO Karl Iagnemma described the effort as “a way to try to give back […]

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‘Spotlight on Plays’ Gives Big-Name Actors a Chance to Give Back

It doesn’t look like Broadway is going to reopen any time soon. So one producer has decided to start making shows online. Jeffrey Richards, who has been working on Broadway for 47 years, is planning to stream a series of starry play readings, starting Thursday, to keep making art and to raise money for charity. […]

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