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Davido Keeps His Word To Twitter Followers, Disburses $600K In Donations To 292 Orphanages Across Nigeria

It’s official — international superstar Davido has kept his word to support Nigerian youth. In November 2021, the Afrobeats artist took his fans by pleasant surprise when he requested for his followers to send money for his birthday to his Wema account, which turned out to be for donations to orphanages across Nigeria and the Paroche Foundation — an organization working to fight substance abuse — as previously reported by AfroTech. “My goal is to do this fundraising every year to celebrate my birthday and give back to people in need. It is my hope that my friends, fans, colleagues in the industry, and the public will continue to support me as I drive this cause,” he shared in a statement via his Instagram. Davido’s social media outreach of 72 hours — along with his own contribution — brought in a whopping 250,000,000 Nigerian Naira (over $600,000 USD). View this post on Instagram A post shared by Davido (@davido) From there, Pulse Nigeria reports that Davido disbursed the donations...

Feb 17, 2022

HBCUs Still Matter: Celebrity HBCU Alumni Who Have Paid It Forward To Their Alma Maters

Some of the biggest household names in entertainment got their higher learning at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) – even our own Vice President Kamala Harris. What’s admirable about these celebrities is that they have not only supported these great American institutions by matriculating from them, but they also seize every opportunity to pour back into the universities that set them up for success. Whether through monetary donations, visits or initiatives, these alumni have always shown love to the Black educational experience. From Spelman to Hampton to Clark Atlanta University and so forth, these beloved celebrities are the product of HBCUs. So, we’ve seen firsthand what these colleges are capable of producing. Globally-recognized filmmakers, actors, entertainers and more are a testament to the richness of HBCU culture. For those who have long since graduated, they still take the opportunity to pay it forward when they can. Here’s a few celebrities who have gone...

Sep 13, 2021

Rare Kobe Bryant Photos Are Selling As NFTs To Benefit The Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation

On the day that has been officially marked and commemorated as “Kobe Bryant Day,” never-before-seen photos of the late NBA legend are selling as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) to benefit his youth sports foundation. According to Bleacher Report, an auction run by Cryptograph — a platform that sells rare digital collectibles from public figures and artists for charity — is launching a collection that includes eight photos of the Los Angeles Lakers icon. Proceeds from sales will go toward the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation. Bryant’s nonprofit foundation was formed to fund sports programs in overlooked communities and create a “positive impact for underserved athletes and young women in sports,” according to its website. The organization was founded through the vision and memory of Bryant and his late daughter, Gianna. Markets Insider reports that the newly-surfaced photos were taken by Davis Factor of Smashbox Studios right before Bryant’s decorated sports career began to take off....

Aug 25, 2021

North Carolina A&T State University Raises $88M For Record-Breaking Year Of Fundraising

The nation’s largest Historically Black College and University (HBCU) just set an all-time record for fundraising. According to NPR, North Carolina A&T State University (N.C. A&T) has raised $88 million since its fiscal year began last summer, which is nearly six times what the university normally fundraises annually, and it’s not even over yet. The university’s new fundraising brings its total to $181.4 million, completing its eight-year campaign, according to an announcement from administrators. Including its endowment, N.C. A&T’s assets are also now listed at $153 million, making it the most of any public HBCU ever. “There has not been a year like that ever in our history,” Todd Simmons — N.C. A&T’s associate vice chancellor for university relations — told the NPR. “Nor has there been a year like that in the history of nearly any other public HBCU in America.” The outlet reports that the uptick in donations and support from both private donors and large corporations came as a...

May 4, 2021

Spelman College Launches $250M Campaign to Invest in More Tech and Innovation Initiatives

Spelman College launched a $250 million campaign to invest in endowed professionals, scholarships and innovation initiatives, a press release states. The campaign coined Spelman Ascends is the largest of its kind that the educational institution has led. In the last three years, donors have made gifts to Spelman amounting to $240 million. Spelman is looking to raise $250 million total by 2024 and the college is on track to achieving their goal. “Our ability to surround our students with committed faculty, a challenging yet loving environment and a rigorous innovative academic experience is a direct result of our dedicated community of supporters,” said Spelman President Mary Schmidt Campbell in a statement. Funds from the Spelman Ascends campaign will also be used to increase financial aid for students, funding a technology and operational infrastructure and building a Center for Innovation & the Arts that will house programs in the arts, innovation and entrepreneurship, a press...

Mar 15, 2021

Social Game Developer Zynga Donates $100K to Girls Who Code to Help Build the Next Generation of Women in STEAM

In honor of International Women’s Day 2021, Zynga is donating $100,000 to support Girls Who Code. Founded in 2007, Zynga is the developer of social games. According to a press release, the $100,000 comes from the company’s $25 million Social Impact Fund, a fund Zynga launched last summer to invest in educational and charitable causes focused on diversity, equity and inclusion. Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit that supports young girls from third grade and beyond that are interested in pursing careers in technology, specifically in computer science. Nearly 50 percent of the girls that the nonprofit services are Black, Latinx or from low income communities. Girls Who Code will use the $100,000 donation to expand its free clubs and alumni programs  and connect young girls to mentors with the support of the Women at Zynga group. “Through their virtual workshops, school clubs, mentorship programs, networking and more, we are hoping to build the next generation of women in STEAM to...

Mar 9, 2021

Michael Jordan Donates $10M to Open Additional Medical Clinics in His Hometown

NBA legend, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Michael Jordan is giving back in a big way to further help his hometown of Wilmington, NC improve its healthcare system. According to a press release, Jordan has donated a generous $10 million to regional healthcare system Novant Health to aid in building two new medical clinics set to open in early 2022. The purpose of these clinics will be to serve both uninsured or underinsured residents of New Hanover County. Novant Health and Jordan have previously partnered to open two Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte, NC with a mission to bring comprehensive primary care to the area’s most vulnerable communities, a press release shares. Now these additional medical clinics will help Novant Health bring its integrated care model to other rural and rural-adjacent communities in Jordan’s hometown. “I am very proud to once again partner with Novant Health to expand the Family Clinic model to bring better access to critical medical services in...

Feb 16, 2021

2 Chainz Launches YouTube Series to Award $55K to Black Entrepreneurs From HBCUs

It’s the season for giving, and 2 Chainz has plenty to share with Black business-owners and fellow HBCU alum. According to HipHopDX, the College Park rapper has teamed up with YouTube to launch his new series, “Money Maker Fund,” as part of the streaming platform’s #YouTubeBlackVoices Fund initiative. The Money Maker Fund series — which debuted on Monday — consists of five episodes airing throughout this week. The series finds 2 Chainz fielding business pitches from featured HBCU students and alumni, who then awards $55,000 to the best ideas, HipHopDX shares. As someone who understands the pressures that come with being an entrepreneur and college student, 2 Chainz shared in a formal statement why the new show is so important to him. “With this year being more than challenging to all of us, I am inspired by these courageous students who are still pushing through chasing their dreams and goals,” he said. “The idea behind the Money Maker Fund is simply to add more fuel to the already...

Dec 17, 2020

Billionaire Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott Donates $1.7B to HBCUs

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott — former wife of billionaire and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos — is spreading her wealth all around this week to offer support to those affected by the pandemic. “The pandemic has been a wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling,” Scott wrote in a Medium post. “Economic losses and health outcomes alike have been worse for women, for people of color, and for people living in poverty. Meanwhile, it has substantially increased the wealth of billionaires.” According to Scott’s post, she’s donated over $4 billion to 384 diverse organizations over the past few months, and of those, she’s gifted $1.7 billion to several HBCUs, theGrio confirms. HBCU recipients of Scott’s generous donation include Bowie State University, Alcorn State University, Clark Atlanta University, Virginia State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Morgan State University. For some of these universities, this gift marks a historical feat for the...

Dec 16, 2020

Drake's Co-Sign on a Viral Video Boosts Donations to This African Organization

Social media is slowly but surely making the world a better place. Who knew a simple share of a viral Instagram video could pour hundreds of dollars in donations to an African organization. Drake’s latest single , “Tootsie Slide,” was slated to be the next viral sensation perfect for TikTok influencers to record videos to way before its release and has now set a new record on the platform, according to REVOLT TV . On Friday (April 17), sponsored kids from Masaka Kids Africana — a nonprofit that provides Ugandan children with shelter, food, clothing, education, and medical care — posted a video showing off their dance moves to Drake’s hit song. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Masaka Kids Africana (@masakakidsafricana) Drake caught wind of the video and shared it on his Instagram Story to his 65 million followers. Masaka Kids Africana founder, Suuna Hassan, told TMZ the kids cried “tears of joy” after finding out they got Drake’s stamp of approval. Hassan also shared with...

Apr 23, 2020

Michael Jordan Pledges to Donate All 'The Last Dance' Profits to Charity

Sports fans around the world tuned in this past weekend to watch Michael Jordan’s highly-anticipated documentary, “The Last Dance,” which aired on ESPN. The NBA superstar is now pledging to donate all the profits he’s expected to receive from the docuseries to charitable causes, according to Complex . Forbes reported that Jordan is set to make roughly $3 million to $4 million from the documentary, which largely focuses on his 1997–98 season with the Chicago Bulls. The docuseries was originally slated to release in June, but in light of the NBA season being suspended due to the COVID-19 outbreak, ESPN pushed the release date up. #TheLastDance is already the most-watched documentary in ESPN history: — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 20, 2020 Complex reported that director Jason Hehir recently sat down with The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch to recount Jordan’s take on the public’s anticipated reaction to the docuseries. “When people see this footage I’m not sure...

Apr 21, 2020

Over 100 Athletes Donate Sports Memorabilia to Coronavirus Relief Fund

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, millions of people around the world are coming together to help those in need. Whether they’re giving back, donating supplies, or contributing to relief funds, companies and people are doing their part to support one another. Sports, in particular, is an industry that’s taken a heavy hit as many events and games have been suspended indefinitely. While all sports are on pause right now, some big-name athletes like Zion Williamson, Stephen Curry, and Kevin Love are digging into their wallets to pitch into the relief efforts. Most recently, sports agency Octagon has launched its own initiative, Athletes for COVID-19 Relief , as a fundraising tool for all athletes to show their support for those in need. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nathan Adrian (@nathangadrian) Through this fund, Forbes reports that over 100 athletes from various sports have donated their signed memorabilia to help raise money to go towards supplies and other relief...

Mar 23, 2020

Pyer Moss Founder Kerby Jean-Raymond Donates $50K to Minority and Women-Led Small Businesses

Designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss has pledged to combat the damage that the coronavirus pandemic is currently inflicting on his community. Via an Instagram announcemen t on his personal page, the founder detailed Your Friends In New York, an initiative to help alleviate financial and supply issues for independent businesses and medical professionals. For minority and women-owned small creative businesses, the New York-based designer promises to set aside $50,000.   View this post on Instagram   Imperfect Solutions — Part 2 A post shared by Kerby Jean-Raymond (@kerbito) on Mar 18, 2020 at 8:23am PDT In addition to helping cover payrolls and business costs, Jean-Raymond decided to convert his Pyer Moss office in NYC into a donation center. There, he requests drop-offs of basic medical supplies. “I’ve been getting an influx of messages from medical professionals on the front lines, who have been treating this pandemic, about their shortage of basic supplies,” he wrote. “Many of...

Mar 19, 2020