Donation Pledge: Education

This week for our Eight Weeks of Giving Pledge we are donating $1,500.00 split between two organizations that support education and fostering a new generation of leaders.



We will be donating to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the largest organization in the US to represent  historically Black colleges and universities. The other organization we are donating to, Facing History and Ourselves, seeks to educate students of all backgrounds of the history of racism and prejudice. Learn more about the organizations below and consider donating directly to each organization this week.


Thurgood Marshall College Fund

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The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) is the largest organization in the United States that represents historically Black colleges and universities and predominantly Black institutions. TMCF provides leadership, lobbying, job recruiting and scholarships, supporting the next generation of cultural leaders.


TMCF’s mission is to ensure student success by promoting educational excellence and preparing the next generation of workforce talent through leadership development. They do this through scholarships, programs, and policy & advocacy. TMCF’s achievements speak for themselves: In 2017 alone, they helped to confer more than 30,500 undergraduate degrees, 7,500 graduate degrees, and about 2,000 doctorate degrees.


Facing History and Ourselves

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Facing History and Ourselves uses lessons of history to challenge teachers and their students to stand up against bigotry and hate. Facing History seeks to educate students of all backgrounds about the history of racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism. By working with individual teachers and school districts, Facing History and Ourselves tailors their programs specifically to every situation to ensure effectiveness.


Facing History and Ourselves is supporting the next generation of leaders who will build a world based on knowledge and compassion, the foundation for more democratic, equitable, and just societies.


Learn about the other causes and organizations we have donated to in our previous Eight Weeks of Giving blog posts:


Donation Pledge: Black Women's Lives Matter
For this week’s donation, we are supporting Black women’s health. Black women have a 2 to 3 times higher maternal mortality rate if under the age of thirty, 4 to 5 times higher if over the age of thirty, and in NYC specifically, are 8 to 12 times more likely to die due to complications of childbirth than their white counterparts. These numbers are reflected across the board regardless of education or economic status.  


Far too many women experience traumatic childbirths and with numbers so vastly different, it’s imperative we bring those mortality numbers down but also help to provide support with pre and postnatal healthcare for Black moms. 


As part of our Eight Weeks of Giving pledge, we are donating $1,500 split between these two groups doing amazing work, Black Mamas Matter Alliance and Black Women’s Health Imperative


The Black Mamas Matter Alliance is grounded in the human rights, reproductive justice, and birth justice frameworks, and incorporates respectful maternity care tenets. They serve as a national voice and coordinating entity for stakeholders advancing maternal health, rights, and justice. The Black Mamas Matter Alliance provides technical assistance, training, and capacity building for grassroots organizations, maternity care service providers (e.g. clinicians, midwives, doula networks and community health workers), academia, and the public health industry.


The Black Women’s Health Imperative has programs to address the most pressing health issues of Black women and help advocate for policy change. They want to ensure access to quality, affordable, and innovative approaches to provide comprehensive health care for Black women and girls, equitable and adequate response for public health emergencies, sufficient diversity in clinical research, and sustained financial support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities.


For more information on disparities in maternal mortality, visit:  


For more ways to donate, take action, and self-educate, visit the below websites: