Too often black people are wrongly mischaracterized as only the recipients of welfare and charity. Black Gives Back is one website that serves to shatter those myths. BlackGivesBack.com (BGB) is a website that highlights the enormous amount of giving and charity within the African American community and has quickly become the premier resource for keeping up to date on African American philanthropy, charitable giving, scholarships and fundraising events.
Founded in 2007 by Tracey Webb, BGB is a reflection of Ms. Webb’s lifelong commitment to philanthropy. With a 20 year background in giving, Tracey has the experience and connections to put together such a comprehensive information portal. In addition to running the site and running her own charity (The Black Benefactors), Tracey spends time writing for major media outlets, including the Huffington Post's Black Voices, the New York Times, Black Enterprise, Reuters, The Grio, and The Root.
While writing for these and other publications, many of these same groups often use her and her team as a resource for their articles on the current events in the Black philanthropy world. With a group of site contributors dispersed in New York, Chicago, Oakland, Atlanta and elsewhere, BGB effectively provides timely reports on philanthropic activities across the country.
The core of the BGB website features articles highlighting philanthropic current events. These articles are updated regularly and the volume of posts is a testament to the high level of giving going on within the community. From youth scholarships to fund raising charity events these articles not only report activity, they also serve to touch, move and inspire.
From the Black Gives Back website:
In addition to the article content the site contains a very extensive list of individual and group philanthropists. There are literally dozens of foundations on the site, and clicking on any one of them leads you to a page where you can find out exactly what the foundation does and how to get involved.
A pleasant surprise is the list of celebrity philanthropists included in the sidebar. Again, the list is quite extensive and serves to dispel yet another myth of the black celebrity who only spends on bling and other frivolous items. Clicking a name will often take you directly to the celebrity's charity site, which will again tell you how to get involved.
With such a large number of groups, foundations, and websites on BGB you should have little trouble finding a charity on the site to contribute your time and/or your money.
If you don't want to make a full commitment to any single group you can always use the site to find the latest charity event or fundraiser to attend. There is a regularly updated List of Upcoming Events in your Community that features many activities in which you can participate.
If you are already involved with a giving group or organization you can suggest a scholarship or an event for the Black Gives Back team to profile in an article.
As Tracey so correctly stated in her 2010 interview with Black Voices:
"Everybody has something to give. Even if you don't have money, you can use your talents. Whatever you're good at, you can use that to benefit an organization. Just using whatever you have to help others who are less fortunate than you makes you a great person. When you give, it just makes you feel better. And when you give, you will get it back."
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