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Four Black Women In Philanthropy You Should Know About

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Four Black Women In Philanthropy You Should Know About

By Bonnie Chiu via

The work of philanthropy leaders like La June Montgomery and Marilyn Waite, has shed light on the lack of women of color in philanthropy – especially black women. In the U.K., the Association of Charitable Foundations has found that boards of philanthropic foundations are 99% white, compared to 92% in the wider charity sector, and male Trustees outnumber female Trustees by two to one. For International Women’s Day, meet four black women leading in philanthropy who are overcoming the odds and changing philanthropy for the better.

1. Purity Kagwiria, Director, With and For Girls

Kagwiria is feminist activist and a storyteller based in Nairobi, Kenya and the incoming Director of With and For Girls Collective, which gives $3m in flexible awards and an additional $1 million in leveraged funds to grassroots, girl-led and girl-centred organizations. “Frustration and hope got me into philanthropy. As a young woman, I was frustrated that many…

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