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One Million Black Women Announces Latest Round of Investments, Partnerships and Grants

One Million Black Women announces new investments, impactful partnerships and philanthropic grants for 17 leading organizations and projects across the country to lift up Black women and girls.

Goldman Sachs recently announced the next round of investments, partnerships and grants for the One Million Black Women initiative. Goldman Sachs made the announcement following the January 12 One Million Black Women Advisory Council meeting. The meeting consisted of 17 Black business and community leaders. At the meeting, One Million Black Women highlighted a new partnership with the renowned King Center. The goal is to prepare young people to be global leaders in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

How One Million Black Women is changing lives

The series of 17 new investments, partnerships and grants reflect One Million Black Women’s ongoing commitment to invest in the core pillars of healthcare, job creation and workforce development, education, affordable housing, digital connectivity, financial health and access to capital that impact Black women at every stage in their lives. Many of the organizations were identified through the more than 50 One Million Black Women listening sessions. The sessions included nearly 20,000 Black women from around the country, and the One Million Black Women Advisory Council.

“At our very first listening session, the one and only Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, called One Million Black Women the start of a movement. With this next round of investments, partnerships and grants, we’re reaching a new depth of how transformative Goldman Sachs $10 billion commitment is set to be,” said Melanie Campbell, Convener, Black Women’s Roundtable, President & CEO, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation.

“Through the listening sessions, we’ve heard from Black women all over the country. These women are building non-profit organizations and companies with their personal savings and loans from family members because they care so deeply about their communities,” said Dr. Ruth Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University. “I am so pleased that with this next round of investments, partnerships and grants, we’re able to support these phenomenal women and we can see how transformative their initiatives and projects can be.”

Making a national impact

New investment capital will help expand the impact of the following seven organizations and entrepreneurs across the country:

Chime Solutions (Atlanta, GA)
  • to provide capital to co-founder Shelly Wilson to accelerate its mission of creating jobs and economic opportunities for people in underserved communities
Grameen America Elevate Initiative (National)
  • to make microloans and provide financial training, asset and credit building tools to underserved Black-women entrepreneurs across the country
Funding U (National)
  • to make loans to high-performing low and moderate-income students attending four-year, not-for-profit colleges across the United States
Wonderschool (National)
  • to reduce “childcare deserts” by scaling access to high-quality, flexible care for children and families
On the Road (Dallas, TX)
  • to expand existing operations and increase the number of women in high-paying, skilled auto repair jobs through an extensive apprenticeship program
Sendero Verde (New York, NY)
  • to finance the construction of a public-private, mixed-use, mixed-income development in East Harlem
  • the development will consist of a Harlem Children’s Zone K-5 Promise Academy and affordable and workforce housing units
South Meadows (Rome, GA)
  • to provide capital to Dionne Nelson, CEO of Laurel Street to finance the construction of a 100 percent affordable residential development with 80 multi-family units, an onsite educational facility and a community farm

Four new partnerships will support the work of the following organizations:

The King Center (Atlanta, GA)
  • to support the launch of the reimagined Beloved Community Leadership Academy over the next two years
  • to creating a One Million Black Women cohort for Black girls from across the country
Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation (Oakland, CA)
  • to combat food insecurity and low literacy rates,
  • the partnership will employ Black woman-owned restaurants to provide meals in high-needs areas and help distribute 500,000 books through new Eat. Learn. Play. Town Libraries used to promote neighborhood book sharing along with Eat. Learn. Play. bookshelves in local Black-owned small businesses
New Leaders (National)
  • to recruit and train principals of color
  • the grant will develop a one-year pilot program to support Black women in education leadership
The Tory Burch Foundation (National)
  • The Tory Burch Foundation (National) will partner with the venture leaders at the Fearless Fund and peer coaching platform The Cru, to scale a grants program and community for entrepreneurs of color

New philanthropic grants will expand the impact of the following six organizations across the country:

Black Girls Breathing (National)
  • to address systemic issues impacting Black women and girls’ access to health care by providing free and accessible mental health care resources
BlackFem (National)
  • to transform school-based learning so that girls of color have the skills, habits and resources to build and sustain personal wealth
Corner to Corner (Nashville, TN)
  • to help underestimated entrepreneurs in Nashville plan, start and grow their own small businesses
Crittenton Services of Greater Washington (Washington, D.C.)
  • to support the social and emotional skills development of middle and high school-aged girls from low-income families to complete college and become economically secure
Jeremiah Program (National)
  • to help disrupt the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children through quality early childhood education, a safe and affordable place to live, empowerment and life skills training
The Fund for the School District of Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)
  • to increase the hiring and retention of BIPOC teachers working in Philadelphia schools

Supporting women, uplifting communities

Goldman Sachs Black Womenomics research informed One Million Black Women’s investment strategy. Ongoing research and measurement remain core to the initiative’s success. Through partnerships with The Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU), the Urban Institute and The Center for Racial Justice at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, additional research will be conducted centered on continued investment in Black women across One Million Black Women’s previously identified impact pillars.

“This next round of funding strategically connects the dots across several One Million Black Women impact areas and not only supports the infrastructure that Black women and their families need to thrive but has the potential to uplift communities and address generations of racial and gender inequities,” said Margaret Anadu, Global Head of Sustainability and Impact for Goldman Sachs Asset Management. “We’re focused on deploying Goldman Sachs resources in the most effective and impactful ways, and so we are thrilled to support these entrepreneurs and organizations who have a demonstrated track record of supporting their communities.”

“We are proud to lift up the brilliant work of organizations positively impacting Black women and girls,” said Asahi Pompey, Global Head of the Office of Corporate Engagement and President of the Goldman Sachs Foundation. “The systemic gender and racial biases black women face won’t be reversed overnight. But with continued investment, coordination and focus, we have good reasons to be optimistic.”

About the One Million Black Women Initiative

In partnership with Black-women-led organizations, financial institutions and other partners, Goldman Sachs has committed $10 billion in direct investment capital and $100 million in philanthropic capital over the next decade to address the dual disproportionate gender and racial biases that Black women have faced for generations, which have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. The initiative is guided by the goal of impacting the lives of at least one million Black women by 2030.

About Goldman Sachs

The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. is a leading global financial institution that delivers a broad range of financial services across investment banking, securities, investment management and consumer banking to a large and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. It maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world.

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