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A ground-breaking new report examines patterns and motivations for Black giving

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Britain’s first ever report into Black philanthropy and charitable giving, published today, reflects the voices of people of colour in the UK talking about their patterns of giving, why they give, to whom and how much.

Britain’s first ever report into Black philanthropy and charitable giving, published today, reflects the voices of people of colour in the UK talking about their patterns of giving, why they give, to whom and how much.

Chair & Non-Executive Director

Athea Efunshile

Experienced Chair & Non-Executive Director with passion for social justice, and arts & culture. Extensive experience of leading complex organisations at national and local level. Excellent inter-personal skills and political antennae, with ability to influence at all levels. High degree of energy, good sense of humour, and ability to make immediate personal impact.

Key Skill areas:

. Governance & corporate accountability

. Political liaison and advocacy

. Financial management

. Strategy & Change Management

. Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

‘Valuing the Black Philanthropic Pound’, a study produced by GiveBLACK in partnership with UCL, draws on an evidence base of focus groups and interviews held with Black donors, including high net worth individuals, and Black-led charitable organisations.

Black Britons have a strong history of giving and volunteering through churches, mosques and other community organisations, as well as a tradition of supporting extended family members in the UK and beyond. Yet, except for a few widely publicised individual acts of philanthropy by Black celebrities such as Marcus Rashford and Stormzy, Black giving in Britain has remained largely hidden until now. With continuing disproportional social and economic impacts on Black communities, this is a timely study.

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GiveBLACK wanted to examine the extent and focus of Black giving in the UK and understand what ‘giving back’ means to the Black community.

The report also seeks to galvanise identity-based philanthropy by ensuring Black donors are recognised as a vital source of financial support for Black communities and wider society.

Baroness Hollick OBE

Sue Woodford-Hollick

Susan Mary Woodford-Hollick, Baroness Hollick OBE (born 16 May 1945) is a British businesswoman and consultant with a wide-ranging involvement in broadcasting and the arts. A former investigative journalist, she worked for many years in television (as Sue Woodford), where her roles included producer/director of World in Action for Granada TV and founding commissioning editor of Multicultural Programmes for Channel Four. As a campaigner for human rights, world health, literacy, and the arts, she serves as trustee or patron of a range of charities and foundations. She is founder and co-director of Bringing up Baby Ltd, a childcare company. Other causes and organisations with which she is associated include the African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF), the Leader’s Quest Foundation, Co

In research interviews, high net worth Black donors spoke passionately about their strong desire to empower the Black community and create opportunities by donating money or giving their time, for example as mentors, advisors and trustees. Many of them see championing education as a particularly effective way of overcoming disadvantage and breaking the cycle of poverty.

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Another important finding is Black-led charitable organisations’ belief that they are often overlooked and excluded from applying for large sources of funding. Black fundraisers also fear that the increase in giving to Black community organisations that followed the recent high-profile Black Lives Matter movement will not last as the glare of publicity fades.

The report notes that the current lack of visibility within Black philanthropy is highly problematic for both donors and fundraisers. While many wealthy Black donors feel driven to support underserved communities, they need a reliable vehicle to help them connect with worthy Black causes and to network with each other to increase their impact. Black-led charitable organisations need to be able to engage with potential Black donors and learn how to communicate with them effectively. The creation of a foundation for Black philanthropy to meet these needs is one of the report’s key recommendations.

According to the 2011 census, over 2 million people in the UK identify as Black and this will surely increase with the 2021 census. The report’s authors conclude that the collective generosity of Black Britons – if harnessed and channelled appropriately – has the potential to play a major role in addressing social injustice.

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Following today’s publication, GiveBLACK will convene Black philanthropists, community organisations and fundraisers to promote, share and discuss the report’s findings and recommendations as widely as possible.

A second phase of study will then be undertaken, including a nationwide survey of representatives of the Black community from a wide range of socio-economic backgrounds.

Advisor | Investor | Philanthropist

Patricia-Hamzahee

After some 20 years in investment banking and financial communications, Patricia Hamzahee now helps social enterprises attract private capital and advises private capital providers on their responsible investment strategies. Through Extend Ventures, she is also working to diversify access to funding for Black and ethnic minority businesses.

She is a Trustee of Ballet Black and Areté Network as well as a Director of the Windrush Caribbean Film Festival CIC.  She is President of Friends of International House New York UK, an Associate Director of The Finance Foundation, a member of Women in Social Finance and on the Advisory Board of Money A+E. She was previously a Trustee and the outgoing Chair of the Development Board of Black Cultural Archives; Senior Advisor with The Good Economy, a social value advisory firm; and a member of BVCA’s Responsible Investment Advisory Group.

Patricia received a BA in Political Science from the University of California and studied for an MA at Columbia University’s School of International Affairs and East Asian Institute.

GiveBLACK co-founder Patricia Hamzahee says, “Britain’s Black communities are seen primarily as recipients of charitable giving rather than as donors. While charitable and social organisations serving our Black communities will continue to need national and local government support, as well as funding from a broad section of corporations, trusts and foundations, it is also essential to wield the influence that helping ourselves delivers.”

One of her fellow co-founders, Yvette Griffith, says, “It is about Black people from every background pooling their resources. If every individual who identifies as Black donated just £1, there would be over £2 million to support the needs of our communities. When this is combined with more substantial gifts and donations from others who want to contribute to these priorities, a substantial source of funding can be catalysed.”

Co-Chief Exec

Yvette-Griffith

Yvette is Co-Chief Exec of award winning not-for-profit Jazz re:freshed, for whom she secured Arts Council England, National Portfolio Organisation status in 2015.

Founding member of both GiveBLACK and Black Funding Network, Yvette is working with formidable individuals to drive forward initiatives galvanising Philanthropy for Black founded & led not-for-profit organisations who work to improve the quality of life for Black people in the UK.

Yvette’s career has spanned over 30 years and includes working in some of London’s best known and loved Theatres. Yvette has also had extensive events experience with The Tussauds Group (now Merlin Entertainment), including as Head of Events on the project team for The London Eye in 1999. Segwaying into pharmaceutical events, as VP of Global Operations, within 3 years, Yvette grew MD Events from a 5 person operation to a 50 person operation including setting up a North America Division.

Yvette began as a consultant for Jazz re:freshed in 2013 securing Arts Council England National Portfolio status in 2015. Yvette then joined the co-founders as Co-Chief Exec and Executive Director and has worked to grow the business, including launching a game changing international initiative, JAZZ RE:FRESHED OUTERNATIONAL which put a global spotlight onto the young and diverse talent on the frontline of UK Jazz .

Over the years, Yvette has also secured over £1,000,000 funding for diverse clients within the arts.

For her work in contributing to changing the trajectory and profile of British Jazz, Yvette was awarded the H100 Award for Services to Music in 2019.

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