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As We Enter a Season of Giving, Here Are 5 Black-owned Celebrity Charities to Check Out

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As we enter the month of November, which is all about giving thanks and giving back, it’s important to take note of what you have while finding ways to help those who are not as fortunate.

Here are five celebrities with organizations that promote giving back!

  • Beyonce’s “BeyGood Foundation”: Beyonce established BeyGOOD in 2013 as a way to “inspire people to be kind, to be charitable and to #BeyGood to themselves, others and the community.” Since its creation, the foundation has promoted a variety of issues ranging from working with the NAACP to provide more than 700 grants of $10,000 to Black-owned small businesses to standing with the Asian community and climate change in Burundi. With midterm elections approaching, the organization is partnering with the NAACP to promote the importance of voting in the 2022 elections. 

  • Rihanna’s “The Clara Lionel Foundation”: The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF) was founded in 2012 by Robyn “Rihanna” Fenty in honor of her grandparents, Clara and Lionel Braithwaite. With a motto of “shifting how the world responds to inequity and injustice,” the CLF works to invest “in climate justice initiatives in the Caribbean & United States and helps communities prepare for and withstand natural disasters.” The foundation has invested more than $1.8 million in emergency response and climate resilience efforts as well as provided support to racial justice initiatives and the Clara Braithwaite Center for Oncology and Nuclear Medicine at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados.

  • John Legend’s “The Show Me” Campaign”: John Legend launched “The Show Me” Campaign in 2007 with the mission of breaking the cycle of poverty. The Grammy Award-Winning singer has long believed that all children deserve a quality education and he began making strides towards achieving his goal with the establishment of the organization. The Show Me Campaign works with partner programs including Teach for America, Teach for All and Harlem Village Academies. In addition to helping provide children with a good education, the campaign also tries to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline and address systemic issues within the criminal justice system that disproportionately impact marginalized communities. 

  • Tom Joyner’s “The Tom Joyner Foundation”: Radio personality Tom Joyner launched The Tom Joyner Foundation in 1998 with the goal of supporting historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the students who attend them. In its 20-year history, the foundation has helped every HBCU through scholarships and endowments. Fundraising efforts and donor developments have allowed The Tom Joyner Foundation to raise more than $69 million to support more than 32,000 students attending HBCUs. The foundation also goes a step further and alerts students to scholarships outside of what The Tom Joyner Foundation provides. 

  • Steve and Marjorie Harvey’s “The Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation (SMHF)”: The Steve and Majorie Harvey Foundation offer youth outreach services and single mother enrichment to underserved communities. The foundation was established in 2010 with plans to deliver programs to youth that will “aid in their successful development.” The Steve Harvey Mentoring Program (SHMP) discusses and teaches the principles of manhood while Marjorie Harvey’s Girls Who Rule the World program is designed to enhance young girls’ development by providing exposure to the importance of positive self-image, educational achievement, cultural enrichment and more. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation even developed a virtual mentoring program so the youth they serve would not have to miss out on mentorship during a turbulent time. 
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