Essence feature: Black Girl Freedom Fund Focuses First Round Grants to Organizations Serving Black Girls Across the U.S.

A screencap of the article in Essence

We’re so honored to be featured in Essence! Here’s an excerpt:

Who runs the world? Girls. Now, they’re getting a little more help. 

The Black Girl Freedom Fund, an initiative of Grantmakers for Girls of Color, has announced its first grant recipients. Guided by an advisory committee of seven Black girls and Black gender-expansive youth between the ages of 13-17 years old, the first round of grants will be allocated to organizations that address the safety and wellbeing of Black girls. 

The fund came out of a need to disrupt funding disparity to Black-led organizations, particularly those dedicated to serving Black female youth. Only 0.5% of $66.9 billion by foundations, totaling just $5.48 per woman and girl of color in the United States, according to the Ms. Foundation. In 2017, one of the most recent years for which data exists, less than $15 million was specified as benefiting Black women and girls.  

Read the article.