9 African-American Focused Nonprofits That Will Inspire You To Do Something
Alicia Keys and her mom arriving for the Black Ball Redux Keep A Child Alive last month. Harel Rintzler/PatrickMcMullan.com/Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images)
Well-known organizations such as the NAACP, Rainbow Push Coalition, National Urban League, National Action Network, and the United Negro College Fund have given back across the country. But here are nine other nonprofits that also support African-Americans. Check them out!
Jack and Jill of America
Founded by a group of 20 mothers in 1938, Jack and Jill of America provides social, cultural, and educational opportunities for children between the ages of two and 19. Each of the 220 chapters across the country works to plan its own programs and events based on a national theme. From 2012 to 2014, the theme is “Power and Potential: Parents Empowering Youth.”
Michelle in Training
As her husband rose up in politics to eventually become the US President, First Lady Michelle Obama has become a role model to women, especially black women, across the country. Launched in 2012, Michelle in Training started off with a class of 25 high school sophomores and will work to educate them in skills including social intelligence, philanthropy, cultural awareness, educational curiosity, civic responsibility, and personal branding.
DreamGrlz is a Connecticut-based organization that works with school administrators, churches, community leaders, and parents to help girls ages 12 to 18 achieve their full potential. Its programs and workshops include topics such as self-esteem, bullying, leadership, mentoring, college preparation, and more.
100 Black Men of America
While this organization is more well-known than others on the list, 100 Black Men of America works to improve the quality of life and enhance educational and economic opportunities for all African Americans. With 116 chapters around the world, 100 Black Men hosts mentoring programs, organizes health and wellness partnerships, and works to build leaders within the African-American community.
National Society of Black Engineers
Working to improve the success of African-Americans in engineering, the National Society of Black Engineers has been around for more than 37 years. As a student-governed organization, there are 94 college, pre-college, and alumni chapters in the US and around the world. It has competitions, scholarships, and partnerships with other engineering organizations to help further its mission.
Keep a Child Alive
Musician Alicia Keys co-founded Keep a Child Alive in 2003 with Leigh Blake as a way to provide care, support, and nutrition to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. In December 2012, the organization’s concert event with performances from Keys, Jennifer Hudson, and more raised $2.9 million for Keep a Child Alive. Additionally, Alicia Keys traveled to several Keep a Child Alive sites as part of a documentary series on Showtime.
All Day Foundation
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson may no longer be playing in the NFL playoffs, but he is an all-star when it comes to giving back. Peterson started his foundation, the All Day Foundation, as a way to support organizations that inspire and help at-risk youth. In addition to summer camps where Peterson participates, the organization is expanding and recently donated funds to veteran service organization Rubicon Group.
Atlanta-based SisterLove works to educate women of color about HIV/AIDS prevention and safer sex techniques. The organization offers HIV testing and counseling, health education and advocacy programs, and international and leadership programs. SisterLove also focuses on the fact that “Everyone Has a Story” especially when it comes to how women are affected by HIV/AIDS.
Blacks in Government
Do you work in state, local, or national government? Then check out Blacks in Government, an organization that works to support and lift up blacks working in all levels of government, as well as promote programs and issues that affect blacks in government.