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8 Black women create fund to raise $1 billion by 2030 to invest in African American girls

Black women and girls are often left out or erased from the social justice movement. A large part of that is because funds for the organizations that center them and their experiences are scarce.

A recent study showed that philanthropic giving from foundations averaged about $5.48 for each woman or girl of color in the United States. This minuscule portion accounts for just 0.5% of the $66.9 billion given by foundations, according to Giving USA 2018.

For Black women and girls, the amount is even smaller because this data encompasses all women and girls of color, including Asian Americans, Latinas and Indigenous people.

The Black Girl Freedom Fund, created by a notable group of leaders and activists, hopes to change that, and specifically invest in Black girls and women.

The goal of the fund is to invest $1 billion in Black girls and women by 2030. More than $12.6

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Megan Thee Stallion Launches a New Scholarship Fund to Support Women of Color

From Harper’s BAZAAR

Megan Thee Stallion has launched a new scholarship fund to support women of color.

The rapper has partnered with Amazon Music’s Rap Rotation to create the “Don’t Stop” fund. As the scholarship’s website reveals, “In honor of all the young women out there who don’t stop working hard to get their education! Women remain underrepresented and undervalued in society and female students of color are at a larger disadvantage when it comes to access to financial resources.” Megan Thee Stallion is currently studying for a bachelor’s degree in health administration, alongside her super-successful rap career.

On Instagram, Stallion announced the prize and wrote, “COLLEGE HOTTIES LISTEN UP BECAUSE THIS ONE IS FOR YOU ‼️‼️‼️ I AM GIVING AWAY TWO 10,000 DOLLAR SCHOLARSHIPS TO WOMEN OF COLOR PURSUING A DEGREE IN ANY FIELD OF STUDY IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD🔥🔥🔥 APPLY RIGHT NOW LINK IN MY BIO

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Lutheran Family Services to start scholarship fund with $3M gift | Thanks for Giving

He added, “She was our inspiration. So, we’ve been doing things to support refugees, because it looks to me like there are a lot of people in the same situation – from low-income and minority families who have academic abilities and great potential.”

LFS Chief Development Officer Mark Versen said, “It is not every day you get to make a philanthropic dream come true to this magnitude. LFS is grateful to partner with the Smiths to give the same opportunity to succeed to high school graduates and their families across the state.”

Coyner said that he and Donna are excited to see the scholarship program grow. They would like to increase the number of recipients to 10-20 per year until the program sunsets.

“We really feel good about doing this,” he said. “We don’t have too much longer to live, and we can leave something behind. We hope it is

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Virgil Abloh to Join Fashion Scholarship Fund Governing Board

The Fashion Scholarship Fund announced on Monday that Virgil Abloh of Off-White and Louis Vuitton has joined its Board of Governors.

As the press release revealed, Abloh will be joining the other board members in helping to provide scholarships, internships, mentoring, and development opportunities to scholars getting their start in the world of fashion. The news comes just as Abloh launched a “swing state” voter incentive t-shirt, and teased an upcoming collaboration with iconic streetwear brand Stüssy.

“We are so honored to have Virgil join the FSF Board. His efforts to promote equity and inclusion directly align with our inherent mission to attract and support a diverse pool of industry talent,” said FSF executive director Peter Arnold. “The FSF has received a record number of applicants for this year’s scholarship competition. By working with top HBCUs and other schools that have significant populations of students of color, we are attracting

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Oklahoma ups fuel tax at wrong time for revenue boost; new model likely needed to fund roads, experts say | Govt-and-politics

“We should look at this as an opportunity to innovate and not just how do we collect road taxes and these vehicles that aren’t paying it,” Jaynes told lawmakers. “There’s a much bigger puzzle we need to pay attention to.”

For the past several years, legislators have considered several methods for taxing EVs, including what would amount to a higher sales tax on them and a flat annual registration fee in addition to the usual motor vehicle taxes.

Jaynes said the sales tax — actually, the targeted elimination of an exemption that applies to all vehicles — would have equaled on average 12 years of fuel taxes for comparable vehicles.

A flat tax on EVs and hybrids was actually enacted in 2017, but the state Supreme Court disallowed it. There remains interest in such a levy, but Jaynes said it would not raise enough money.

Both proposals, she said, disconnect

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For ex-Madison Memorial, Marquette star Wesley Matthews, gift to MACC Fund all about ‘home’ | Basketball

Despite entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Marquette, he’s earned an estimated $105 million during his NBA career, according to Spotrac. He has one year left on the two-year, $5.258 million contract he signed last year.

In his 11 NBA seasons, Matthews, who turns 34 next month, has played for six teams — the Utah Jazz, the Portland Trailblazers, the Dallas Mavericks, the New York Knicks, the Indiana Pacers and the Milwaukee Bucks. He played in 67 regular-season games this season for the Bucks, averaging 24.4 minutes and 7.4 points per game as a veteran leader and vital defensive stopper for a team that finished the regular season with the league’s best record.

Those travels frequently took him to children’s hospitals for visits, and those experiences led to Monday’s donation.

“The inspiration came from going to the children’s hospitals,” said Matthews, who has a 2-year-old daughter

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Julie Bristow Launches Women-Focused Content Catalyst Fund

Julie Bristow, former CEO and president of Bristow Global Media (BGM), has launched The Content Catalyst Fund (CCF). The initiative will focus on content developed, delivered and designed by women and about women.

Based in Canada, with an international reach, CCF will develop and invest in unscripted and scripted content, with an initial focus on unscripted. It is designed to help female creators find an audience for their work by investing both funds and end-to-end strategic support in viable female-led projects. It has been seeded by Bristow and a small circle of like-minded investors. The fund will initially invest in a pipeline of original IP from female creators, while helping to finance the development of promising projects. The longer-term objective is to seek out projects with potential for equity investment.

“There are no end of amazing female creators out there — and no end of audiences hungry for stories told

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