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by Evette Brown

In these times, non-profit organizations are a dime-a-dozen.  From Paris Hilton to Queen Latifah, almost all notable public figures have created their own non-profit or contribute a significant amount of their incomes to one of the established, recognizable, non-profit organizations.  In spite of this, several prominent African-Americans have created non-profit organizations that set themselves apart from the pack.  Some have been around since the Civil Rights Movement while others are relatively new, but all have been equally as impactful and positive in the black community.  These ten organizations all focus on separate issues, but collectively, are improving the minds, bodies, and spirits of those that they impact.  Be prepared to be inspired.

Though Black Career Women is a smaller non-profit organization without chapters or fame associated with their mission, it is deserving of this list for many reasons.  Created by black women for black women, the BCW focuses entirely on professional development in black women.  Founded in 1977, the BCW organizes seminars, career fairs, and other events that are designed to assist black women in finding careers that both enhance their lives and fulfill their dreams.  The BCW has eight specific goals, but it goes much further to accomplish much more.

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