Summer Give Back Blend // Sankofa Fund
We are super excited for our Giveback Blend this year, friends....Meet the Sankofa Fund for Civic Engagement! They are a membership organization committed to funding and supporting organizations, projects and efforts which improve Chattanooga's communities of color.
Sankofa provides support to community led efforts to develop and implement innovative solutions to the challenges within our community. Sankofa officially launched in 2015 with the goals to educate its members about the benefits of collective philanthropy, increase awareness of local needs, make investments in organizations that are directly impacting African American children, youth and families, and create a legacy of giving in African American communities as an effective vehicle for social change.
At the beginning of the year they set an ambitious goal of investing $50,000 in the African American community in Chattanooga in their 5th year, and they've already done it! In 2020 alone they've given to 25 Black owned businesses, We Over Me Chattanooga, CALEB Bail Fund, Splash Youth Arts Workshop, Voter Registration initiatives, Kingship Chess Academy, Each One Reach One, and more. And they've set a new goal this month for Black Philanthropy Month that we want to help them reach!
Why did we choose Sankofa? Well, this year we were planning our Seasonal Giveback Blend to a Black-led organization, and that was only solidified with everything with the Black Lives Matter and civil rights movements. Now, more than ever, is the time to not only speak out against racism and injustice in our communities, but also to put our money where our mouth is. We are friends with some of the founding members of Sankofa, wholeheartedly believe in their mission and vision, and want to support their efforts to practically make a difference in Chattanooga. Please visit their website at www.sankofacha.com to learn more or donate to their fund directly!