#IAMYBGB: Clemmie Perry

Clemmie PErry


The golf course or the green is where business deals happen. Big deals, small deals and those in between happen on the golf course. There’s a power on the course that provides the opportunity for banter, negotiation and real-time deal closing. Despite the power on the green, there is a shortage of women and definitely a shortage of women of color. Clemmie Perry, founder of Women of Color Golf and Girls on the Green T, has made it her mission to change this.

When sharing her story of learning the game Clemmie told Forbes, “It was exciting, and I was making all these new friends and contacts. It opened a whole new world for me. But I also realized when I was out on the course, I rarely saw women who looked like me out there.” She also saw the need for young girls of color to learn the game. So she started Girls on the Green T to work with girls ages 14 – 22. The girls receive weekly golf lessons as well as establish mentoring relationships and take classes in health and financial literacy. “This is a world many of these girls never even knew existed, let alone thought they could gain access to. We can be an entry way for them to see a different kind of future,” says Perry. “We’re trying to prepare them to enter into a diverse and quickly changing world.” (Forbes)

We salute Clemmie and her team on a job well done! Learn more on Clemmie Perry and her work to bring women and girls of color into the world of golf here.

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#IAMYBGB: Sha’Condria “Icon” Sibley

Sha'Condria Sibley


Sha’Condria Sibley uses her voice to inspire, activate and motivate others. She’s more than a artist, she is an artistic changemaker. In addition to rocking the mic at poetry slams in NOLA, she teaches youth about spoken word and using their voices to create change. Today we honor her and her BIG voice for making a difference in her community.

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Say it Loud! I’m Young, Black & Giving Back!

Say it loud...

Last week we kicked off of our digital campaign: “I AM Young, Black and Giving Back” We could not be more excited! If you have been sleeping on this dope campaign now is the time to wake up and check out #IAMYBGB on social media.

I AM_ShowMeShoes (2)The I AM Young, Black & Giving Back is a digital campaign focused on young, black givers and the cause work they care the most about. Our goal is to recognize and applaud the work these individuals do to impact their communities. Through our platforms on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, we will engage with some of the best and the brightest young, black givers-  that includes YOU! That’s right,  the best part of this campaign is that it involves YOU! We want to know what motivates you to give, why you give, how you give!

Often times we recognize those doing good but we fail to truly celebrate them and that is what this campaign is all about. It is not about simply taking notice that young, black philanthropists, leaders, and activists exist but we also want to honor their contributions. We know that by elevating the work you do, we not only will be inspired but other young, black givers will be inspired to give more and better than ever! So how are we going both celebrate and inspire?

So glad you asked!

We will host an information-packed twitter chat on April 14 and two young, black giver features each week through April 30!

When it comes to being young, black and giving back we never want to lose sight of the inspiration behind the phrase. We take your work and our work very seriously and want to ensure you always have a place to shine! Here’s to you!

We look forward to celebrating with you guys! Say it loud, “I am Young, Black, Giving Back …& I am proud!”

Our 2014 #GivingTuesday Top Charity Picks!



We haven’t done a Giving Tuesday Top Picks List since 2012. It seemed fitting that we make an old thing new again and help you find an organization to support today on #GivingTuesday.

What IS Giving Tuesday, you ask? We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Started in 2012 by the 92st Y and the United Nations Foundation, we now have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. Who are we to deny you this opportunity to give back?!

That being said, here are a few of our faves. Go a head make it rain on ’em.


Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture: The National Museum of African American History and Culture will be a place where all Americans can learn about the richness and diversity of the African American experience, what it means to their lives and how it helped us shape this nation. A place that transcends the boundaries of race and culture that divide us, and becomes a lens into a story that unites us all.

Black Benefactors:  A Washington, D.C – based giving circle comprised of individuals, businesses and organizations dedicated to addressing the societal ills facing the African American community in the DC region.

St. Jude Children’s Research Center: St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. With research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is where some of today’s most gifted researchers are able to do science more quickly.

Dance Theatre of Harlem: Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim, encompassing a performing Ensemble, a leading arts education center and Dancing Through Barriers®, a national and international education and community outreach program. Founded in 1969 by Arthur Mitchell and Karel Shook, Dance Theatre of Harlem was considered “one of ballet’s most exciting undertakings” (The New York Times, 1971). Shortly after the assassination of The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Mitchell was inspired to start a school that would offer children — especially those in Harlem, the community in which he was born — the opportunity to learn about dance and the allied arts.

First Book DC – provides new books to children in need. The DC chapter is helping to increase literacy rates in areas where poverty levels are at an all time high. Donate $10 and that equals 4 books!

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 states and 71 countries on six continents — as well as millions more through television broadcasts.

H.O.P.E. Scholarship InitiativeThe H.O.P.E. (Helping Others Pursue Education) Scholarship Initiative was founded in 2010 by two Howard University alumni committed to serving their communities. The organization’s philanthropic efforts are geared toward rewarding deserving students with scholarships through the assistance of grassroots level fundraising and corporate sponsorships.

Epitome of Soul: Epitome of Soul, Inc. strives to partner with community organizations to equip, empower, and encourage performing arts high school and college students to strive for academic excellence and cultural growth.

African American Board Leadership Institute: The mission of the African American Board Leadership Institute is to strengthen nonprofit, public and private organizations through recruiting, preparing and placing African Americans on a broad range of governing boards.

Add your organization and a link to its donation page in the comment section below! Sharing is caring!!!!

Do Good Everyday with the NEW Daily Do Good!


Remember those Daily Candy emails we all crushed over in high school and college? Imagine an email like that for charity dropping into your email every day- or at least once a week. How awesome, right? Well you don’t have to imagine it. Young black professional and do-gooder, Saranah Holmes, has just launched the new site The Daily Do Good to inspire us every day to do something good. Ebonie had a chance to chat with Saranah to get the scoop on the new site.

Friends of Ebonie: What makes The Daily Do Good different?

Saranah Holmes: First, we are very DC Metro area specific. We’re not just volunteer opportunities and events; we are a one stop shop for all things good. It will be a daily email for all things good happening. For example, we will include in one email a write up about a non-profit, a special feature about someone doing good, and how to get involved with a cause. With other sites, you have to go to them to get what you want. With us we come to you with information that is curated by professional journalists and written in a fun light-hearted way. People will really look forward to receiving an email every day. The website serves as a back up to what we send in the email.

Ebonie & Saranah at the DDG Launch party in Washington, DC
Ebonie & Saranah at the DDG Launch party in Washington, DC

Friends: Awesome! So tell me, how does this operation run? 

SH: All the pieces aren’t quite at 100% right now. [Laughter] But we have an editorial director and she manages our writing staff. She manages event coverage and other special projects. It’s a lot of word of mouth too. People will call or email me and say “Oh my husband is on the board of this organization can you cover it?” We’re working on expanding so we can cover more ground. That may include a street team or college team, or maybe some folks at a metro center gathering information. We’re in the process of gathering that team right now.

As our subscribership grows it will increase our audience, therefore increasing our connections to people to help provide content.

Friends: I see there is a cost associated with posting onto the site. Can you explain what the cost covers and who would need to pay?

SH: Sure. Our fees are nominal and it’s free to subscribe. There is a cost for a non-profit to post an event. That coverage comes along with a “donate now” button. The idea is that you make your money back from what you put out based on the number of subscribers we have. Part of the reason I created this is because advertisement fees can be astronomical. If an organization can’t find a way for their event to go viral, they aren’t reaching any more supporters than the people already following them. But of course, if there is an organization that really needs some help, but can’t afford our fee then we will do our best to work with them.

Friends: I see. Shifting gears a bit. How will this platform support young black philanthropy? 

SH: While I know I represent the young black professional, the non-profit worker, and the female entrepreneur, the Daily Do Good target is very broad. We are looking to attract anyone who is looking to get involved in giving. There will be something for everyone at the DDG but there will also be opportunities for niche topics.  The blog will be the area where we can focus on those specialty areas. For example, August is Black Philanthropy Month. In August we can use the blog to highlight the importance of that month.

Not to mention, the DC metro area has billions of dollars in giving power. As we heard at the Black Benefactors dinner, there are lots of resources for the black community. In a city whose population is more than 50% black, DDG will reach the black community no matter what.

Friends: What drove you to create The Daily Do Good?

SH: That’s probably the easiest question. I spent seven years as a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. I put together comedy nights, happy hours, etc. and everyone loved the events! I put blood, sweat and tears into the events and they would be successful to a certain extent. Yes, they were well attended by my friends and their friends but I wanted more people that I didn’t know. So one day as I was looking at the (former) Daily Candy, I thought there should be a Charity tab on here. The Daily Candy was one good thing that people looked forward to every day. I just felt like there has to be a site for events like mine. Then I would look at Washington Life or Washingtonian and see all these charity events with great pictures. I’d think, “Why didn’t I hear about this?”

I wanted to sell my idea to The Daily Candy but my friends said, “No! You should do this on your own!” As a new entrepreneur, I was hesitant so I paced myself. I started doing one thing to help me move closer to my goal of developing the site. And now, here we are a year later and the very first email went out on October 6th with rave reviews. I’ve had an incredible amount of support from so many people.  There’s a lot of negativity out there. The Daily Do Good focuses on the fun and positive and provides people with a way to Do Good and Feel Good.

Subscribe to The Daily Do Good and follow the site on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

3 Reasons Why We Should Teach Entrepreneurship to Our Kids…NOW!

by Aisha DaCosta, Guest Blogger


Several months ago I had the pleasure to interview the world’s youngest entrepreneurs, Sanjay and Shravan Kumaran. These two young men started their mobile app business, Go Dimensions two years ago when they were eight and ten years old, respectively. To date, they have created four apps and spoken to over ten thousand people in India and South Korea about entrepreneurship. During our interview there was one thing in particular that stood out. When asked why they started their business the brothers said, “we wanted to practice business.”

Think about that for a moment and imagine a world were every child between the ages of 8 and 10 years old started to practice business ownership. Whether or not they grew up to be full-time entrepreneurs would be insignificant when compared to the skills that the practice of business would teach them.

Here are the top three reasons why I believe that every child should start a business:

Reason #1 The Mastering of Soft Skills

Your work ethic, attitude, communication skills, emotional intelligence and personality are all soft skills that can make or break you in business and employment. Owning a business at a young age can help children overcome feelings of inadequacy that start to rear their ugly head in their pre-teens. You are forced to become confident and self-assured as you weather the recruitment of potential customers and investors.

Reason #2 The Real Life Application of Mathematics and Language Arts

Understanding the numbers and communicating the value of your product and service are all critical skills in business and life. Entrepreneurship can teach children how to perform market research, articulate their thoughts, and foster a desire to read literature from relevant thought leaders in their area of interests.

Reason #3 Earning Income When They Are Not Employable

While there is an age restriction on when a child can work for someone unrelated to them, there is no age limit on when they can start a business with adult supervision. According to recent statistics, the unemployment rate for 16 – 24 years olds is higher than any other age group. Minorities in that age demographic face higher than average rates of unemployment, this is especially true for African Americans. Entrepreneurship presents a viable means for earning income during periods of unemployment and underemployment.

So there you have it, my top three reasons why I believe every child should practice entrepreneurship. If we take a page out of Sanjay and Shravan’s playbook, every eight year old in America that starts a business today could graduate high school with ten years of business experience. How powerful is that?!

Meet a few young black entrepreneurs:


TEDWomen 2013, SF Jazz Center, San Francisco, CA, December 4, 2013. Photo: Marla Aufmuth
TEDWomen 2013, SF Jazz Center, San Francisco, CA, December 4, 2013. Photo: Marla Aufmut

14-year-old Maya Penn, Owner of Maya’s Ideas






NEW YORK - FOR SUNDAY NEWS: Chase "Sneakers" Reed, 15, inside of his Sneaker Pawn shop and consignment store at 200 Lenox Ave, Manhattan, NY, Wednesday, June 11, 2014.  PICTURED:     (Angel Chevrestt, 646.314.3206)
NEW YORK – FOR SUNDAY NEWS: Chase “Sneakers” Reed, 16, inside of his Sneaker Pawn shop and consignment store at 200 Lenox Ave, Manhattan, NY, Wednesday, June 11, 2014. PICTURED: (Angel Chevrestt, 646.314.3206)

16-year-old Chase Reed, Owner of Sneaker Pawn  






George-Hofstetter-415x2608th grader George Hofstetter, Developer of Hidden Gems Project- an app for black kids at private schools




Jayson-Bledsoe-268x30015 year-old Jaylen Bledsoe, Creator of Bledsoe Technologies, IT Consulting company 






About Our Guest Blogger

aishadacostaAisha DaCosta is the Executive Director and Founder of I Am O’Kah! Inc., a nonprofit that teaches children entrepreneurship and financial literacy. She is a fourteen-year Air Force veteran that has devoted her life’s work to building stronger communities and the empowerment of our youth. Learn more about Aisha and her organization I Am O’Kah! by visiting www.iamokah.org.

Why #CFP14 Was So Special to Me

by Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Chief Millennial Officer

Attendees during #CFP14 Session Social Innovation: Change Made Differently | Credit: JKDowd Media
Attendees during #CFP14 Session Social Innovation: Change Made Differently | Credit: JKDowd Media

Have you ever had a moment where you envision something happening and when it happens better than you dreamed, you have to pinch yourself? Yeah, well that was me this past weekend with the Changing the Face of Philanthropy Summit.

So far in my life I have had epic moments to occur but because I’m moving so fast while they are happening, I forget they happened or they become a blur and all I remember is it happening with no real memories to hold on to. I told myself (and quietly to God too) that I wanted to remember this year’s Summit. I wanted to walk away experiencing it for myself not just feeling relieved it was over.

Since January I, along with my planning team, put the vision of the Summit together. Through all of the bumps in the road, I never doubted how impactful the Summit would be. We knew exactly what we wanted attendees to get out of the weekend and created interactive, fun-filled, high-energy ways to make it all happen. From deciding to have the kick-off with favorite, Mike Muse to developing our very first mock pitch competition, we just knew this year would be special. I, however, had no idea how special it would be.

The week before the Summit I had your typical conference planning jitters. I called logistics manager, Samantha pretty much every hour on the hour checking and double checking everything. I called PR manager, DeAnne whenever I felt led to vent over the latest WTF moment. I g-chatted webmaster, Tammy with randomness related or unrelated to the Summit overall. And of course, I called my mama, TJC, at least four times a day- which is not atypical but I actually had something of substance to say. Then all of a sudden a day or two before the Summit, I began to feel a sense of peace. I wasn’t sure what I could attribute it to but I just knew everything was going to go off without a hitch.

And it did.

A special moment with Vanessa Cooksey from presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors. | Credit: JKDowd Media
A special moment with Vanessa Cooksey from presenting sponsor Wells Fargo Advisors. | Credit: JKDowd Media

From the moment Kelly Brinkley, COO of the United Way of the National Capital Area, greeted our attendees on Friday morning, I began to see the vision unfold. Every dream, every vision I had about #CFP14 came to life in front of my eyes for the next 48 hours. I couldn’t believe it. Not to mention the number of encouraging tweets, texts and emails I received from friends and supports…it was so overwhelming. I will neither confirm nor deny if I got a bit choked up during a speech or two but my emotions were running high. To see your dream literally become a reality left me humbled and surprisingly, speechless.

I knew in 2010, when I started Friends of Ebonie as a blog that I was called to influence my peers. Now, nearly four years later (we’ll be four in December), I understand how important and needed this platform is for emerging young black civic leaders. I thank you for the opportunity to share with you what I know and to be able to provide the access and resources to connect you with so much more.

Thank you to all of the attendees, presenting sponsors Wells Fargo Advisors and Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, organizational partners, and in-kind donors for making #CFP14 a reality. This year’s Changing the Face of Philanthropy Summit was truly the manifestation of a dream even I didn’t know was possible.

The video and pictures will be up very soon! Stay tuned! Make sure you check out #CFP14 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for highlights.