Black Girl Freedom Fund
Black girls and young women have been on the frontlines of fighting for racial and gender equity, but their stories and lives are often overlooked or erased.
According to the Ms. Foundation for Women landmark study on philanthropy, women and girls of color account for 0.5% of $66.9 billion given by foundations, totaling just $5.48 per woman and girls of color in the United States. In 2017, one of the latest years for which comprehensive data is available, less than $15 million was specified as benefiting Black women and girls.
We believe investing in Black girls and young women is necessary, urgent, and just — for our collective freedom and to ensure that all Black lives are viewed as valuable, today and tomorrow. That is why we launched the Black Girl Freedom Fund (BGFF) in September 2020, our largest initiative to date.
BGFF is part of the #1Billion4BlackGirls campaign, a 10-year philanthropic initiative designed to invest one billion dollars in the brain trust, innovation, health, safety, education, artistic visions, research, and joy of Black girls and their families. Other groups participating in this campaign include the Ms. Foundation for Women and Black Girls Dream Fund from the Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium.
The co-founders of the BGFF are all Black women and Femme activists, artists, educators, organizers, and philanthropists: Dr. Monique Couvson (Grantmakers for Girls of Color); LaTosha Brown (Southern Black Girls and Women’s Consortium); Tarana Burke (‘me too.’ Movement); Fatima Goss Graves (National Women’s Law Center); Joanne N. Smith (Girls for Gender Equity); Salamishah Tillet (A Long Walk Home); Scheherezade Tillet (A Long Walk Home); and Teresa C. Younger (Ms. Foundation for Women). Read their open letter published in Essence here.
Some major milestones of the BGFF include:
- Creating a Grantmaking Council, led by six Black girls, femmes and gender-expansize youth from BGFF’s Grantmaking Council, ages 14 to 22.
- Hosting the second annual Black Girl Freedom Week, a signature week of programming and events
- Awarding over 100 grants since 2021, totaling in $6,642,700 invested in Black girls, femmes and Black gender-expansive youth.
Photo credit: Camp Founder Girls
Funding decisions by BGFF are made via a participatory grantmaking process where Black girls are paid for their time and their wisdom, and given the power to make final decisions on the organizations to receive funding through the fund.
G4GC’s Black Girl Freedom Fund (BGFF) is thrilled to announce our second round of grantee partners! Our newest grantee partners across the U.S. and territories were selected with a focus on organizations that nurture the leadership and organizing capacity of Black girls, femmes and gender-expansive youth. They were chosen by six Black girls from BGFF’s Grantmaking Council, ages 14 to 22.
This year we invested over $4 million in our 68 grantee partners, funds that will directly nurture the dreams, power, and leadership of Black girls, femmes and gender-expansive youth.
Learn more about these 68 incredible organizations, and how their work positively impacts our communities and the lives of Black girls.
In our first round of grantmaking, we distributed grants ranging between $50,000-$100,000 and focused on organizations serving the wellness and safety of Black girls, femmes and gender-expansive youth:
- The F.I.N.D. Design (Nashville)
- Pretty Brown Girl (National)
- Healing the Black Body (National)
- Get Smart B4U Get Sexy (California)
- The Hive Community Circle (South Carolina)
- 3D Girls, Inc. (Atlanta).
BGFF is changing the national narrative about Black girls and gender-expansive youth and elevating their stories and experiences in the media. We are also challenging philanthropy to follow the lead of Black girls and not let them be an afterthought in grantmaking, education, policy and more. Some outlets that have featured the fund and the #1Billion4BlackGirls campaign include Inside Philanthropy, MSNBC, The Root and the Associated Press. Read more press coverage here.
We even collaborated with Shondaland for a campaign tied to a crossover episode of Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 to raise awareness about trafficking of Black girls and women!
A celebration of black girl magic
Black Girl Freedom Week
Black Girl Freedom Week (BGFW) is an annual week-long celebration of Black girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth and what is possible when we invest abundantly in their dreams, their power, and their leadership, and work together to co-create a future where they are safe, free, and thriving. We chose this week during Black History Month in honor of Toni Morrison’s and Audre Lorde’s birthdays.
Hosted by Black Girl Freedom Fund, the first Black Freedom Week was held in 2021. After its success, the week-long celebration was held in 2022 and returns for a third year on February 13-19, 2023
You can rewatch all the inspirational, beautiful conversations here and check out a quick recap of the panel discussions, youth-led interactive conversation, and solidarity actions below.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED AND LEARN MORE
Photo Credit: 3D Girls Inc
Visit our site
Learn more about Black Girl Freedom Fund and how you can get involved with the #1Billion4BlackGirlsCampaign at 1billion4blackgirls.org.
Black Girl Freedom Week
If you’re interested in being a panelist, sponsor, attendee or supporter for the 2023 Black Girl Freedom Week, email [email protected].
Make a donation
Make a donation, hold a fundraiser or tell us about a major financial pledge!