Updated: Feb 23
In addition to honoring and celebrating the Black community, Black History Month is also a great time to recognize philanthropic organizations that promote black health, education, rights, and community development year-round.
Here are five organizations dedicated to uplifting the Black community that you can promote, volunteer with, and support, recommended to us by our BHS Agents.
Recommended Dina Foster-Osbourne, the National Black Commission on Health works to reduce racial disparities in healthcare through community advocacy, policy, and other initiatives directed toward specific illnesses, such as Hepatitis C and HIV. The organization is always accepting donations and regularly offers volunteer opportunities.
IP, recommended by Deborah Miller, is dedicated to providing Black and Latinx middle and high school students with design education, all with a vision of building a global platform for underrepresented designers of color. The organization even partners with design schools and companies to help connect students to educational and career pathways. Learn more here.
ABFE is a membership-based philanthropic organization with various programming dedicated to promoting investment in Black communities through grants, education, and networking. The organization also offers leadership development training to black professionals.
Founded in 1988, WE ACT's mission is to uplift communities by working to engage people of color in low-income communities with various programming and community-led efforts dedicated to promoting health, political involvement, environmental wellness, and professional success.
The organization also works at the state and federal level to help pass meaningful legislation, such as the Safe School Water Act. It was recommended by Vivian Ducat.
TWOCC organizes community campaigns and funding to cultivate career opportunities and safe spaces for Trans women of color. Among the Collective's initiatives is the Black Trans Health Initiative, which provides community programming and funding to assist and support Black Trans Women of color in need of healthcare, financial assistance, and education.