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Background

Black women are at the helm of every social movement in our history yet receive the least amount of resources and funding needed to do this integral work. We know that traditional philanthropy was not created with or in the image of Black women however Black women have always been philanthropic. 

The practice of Black women not being allowed to bring their whole selves into spaces of philanthropy, while funding in the name of liberation, has had lasting impacts. Throughout history, Black generosity and philanthropy have created their own tables of progress, especially to support Black futures and I Be Black Girl is no different (Feminist Strategy).

Of the $356 million from foundations available for women and girls of color (WGOC) in 2017, less than $15 million, about 4.2%, was specified as benefitting Black women and girls.

MS Foundation Pocket Change Report

The 2021 IBBGives grant request for proposal is now closed and will reopen in February 2022.

Let’s Break it Down

IBBGives is a giving circle in Omaha, NE that centers Black women, femmes and girls through collective giving. A giving circle is formed when individuals come together and pool their dollars, decide where to give the money (and other resources, such as volunteer time), and learn about their community.

I Be Black Girl creates a platform that allows for Black women, femmes, girls and allies to pool resources that are collectively reinvested in programs led by and support Black women, femmes and girls.

While there were other giving circles in the Omaha metro prior to IBBGives, none were specifically dedicated to investing in the lives of Black women, femmes and girls. IBBGives founding members recognized that philanthropy in Omaha looks and operates the same; often leaving out folks that are closest to the issues and solutions. IBBGives is changing the landscape of philanthropy in the Omaha metro and invites Black women, femmes and girls to give in a way that’s meaningful to us.

Grant applications will open Feb. 28, 2021

Led by Black women, femmes and girls

We want to fund projects that:
Based on research done by Grantmakers for Girls of Color, we are also interested in projects that reflect these priorities and guiding principles:
view Grants Recipients Awards

IBBGives grant recipients

Year 2019
Amount
Year 2020
Amount
Curls on the block
$7,500
I Heartbeat Dance
$7,500
Empower me
Alyssa’s Piano studio
$7,500
LIIT Ladies in
information technology
$7,500
LIIT Ladies in
information technology
$7,400
Metro Omaha
Women’s Business Center
$7,500
Peace of Mine Young
women’s self care retreat
$6,800
wonderfully made
$7,500
My sister’s keeper
$4,000
collision
$5,900
the keys foundation/ confidently me
mentorship program
$3,500
the smart girls
travel foundation
$5,325
the keys foundation
$3500
the total amount awards: $81,425
Year 2021
Amount
Art Bus
$10,000
Omaha Black Doula Association
$10,000
Touch of Gold
$10,000
LIIT Ladies in
information technology
$9,500
Room for Roots
$7,500
wonderfully made
$7,500
the total amount awards: $54,500

who can apply?

Applicants must be organizations/projects serving and are led by Black women and girls in Omaha. 

Applicants do not have to be affiliated with a 501c3 nonprofit organization to apply for funding.

Organizations and those leading community projects of all sizes and capacities (especially small, grassroots efforts) with budgets under $500,000 are strongly encouraged to apply! 

If you have questions about eligibility, email ibeblackgirl@gmail.com 

voting members

the background - why black women?

To be a voting member of IBBGives, you must identify as a Black woman, femme or girl and give a minimum of $150 before the December 31 year-end deadline. 

If you do not identify as a Black woman, but still want to support this initiative, YOU CAN donate using the link below. However, only investors who donate $150+ and identify as Black women, femmes or girls will be able to participate in the decision making process.

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