NEW YORK — The Goldman Sachs Group announced the initial foundational grant, capital investments and philanthropic grants for the One Million Black Women initiative, which has committed more than $10 billion to advance racial equity and economic opportunity by investing in Black women.
The One Million Black Women Advisory Council, which consists of 17 Black business and community leaders, met this week to provide strategic guidance on the scope and impact of the investments and grants. In partnership with Black-women-led organizations, Goldman Sachs conducted listening sessions, which engaged more than 12,000 women to determine the projects that would receive the initial round of financial support.
“The more we tell the stories, the more we measure the results so that others can learn from it, and to hold up those best practices for everyone to see, I think the possibilities for One Million Black Women are infinite,” said Valerie Jarrett, former Senior Advisor to President Obama and One Million Black Women Advisory Council member.
Investment capital and philanthropic grants will be provided to the following organizations:
- Archer Towers (New York, NY) will receive an investment to fund the construction of a mixed-income residential development in Jamaica, Queens consisting of 181 affordable units, 424 market rate units, 13,900sf of retail space, and 224 parking spaces. Housing is intrinsically connected to better health outcomes, economic mobility, and employment prospects for Black women. This investment will provide stable, quality, affordable housing in a traditionally cost-prohibitive metro area.
- Birth Center Equity (National) will receive a grant to support Black women led community birth centers in providing access to new resources that ensures Black women’s collective vitality, sustainability, and growth.
- BlocPower WiFi (New York, NY) will receive an investment to expand broadband services across the Bronx and Upper Manhattan with a focus on low-income neighborhoods. The lack of affordable broadband access leads to barriers to education, employment, banking services, healthcare, social networks and other services for Black women.
- Buy From A Black Woman (Atlanta, GA) will receive a grant to continue website development, social media education content, technical assistance and grant funding to small Black-women owned businesses.
- Center for Maternal Health Equity at Morehouse School of Medicine (Atlanta, GA) will receive a foundational grant to directly address the disproportionate maternal mortality that Black women face in comparison to white women. 60% of maternal deaths are preventable and this investment will seek to reverse this troubling statistic.
- Collab Capital Fund I (National) will receive an investment to fund investments in Black founders building innovative, high growth companies. Currently, Black women start businesses at the fastest rate of any demographic, but receive 0.27% of venture capital funding.
- Columbus Urban League (Columbus, OH) will receive a grant to fund the pilot launch of Incubate Her, which will create meaningful change in the economic health and outlook of Black women in Central Ohio.
- NYC COVID-19 Loan Facility (New York, NY) will receive an investment to fund critical staffing needs related to the COVID-19 vaccination process and patient care at New York City’s safety-net hospitals which serve the City’s underserved Black communities.
- Prosp(a)rity Project (East Palo Alto, CA) will receive a grant to fund the development of the 35*2 Free Initiative, which provides personalized financial coaching and retroactive scholarships for “Prosperettes” to help manage student loan debt.
- Sadie Collective (Washington, DC) will receive a grant to fund the creation of high school economic clubs for young Black girls to participate in the annual Federal Reserve Challenge.
- Springboard To Opportunities: Magnolia Mother’s Trust (Jackson, MS) will receive a grant to fund the next iteration of the Magnolia Mother’s Trust program, which provides Black mothers living in extreme poverty with a $1,000 monthly stipend to help lift them out of poverty.
- Women’s Fund of Central Ohio (Columbus, OH) will receive a grant to fund the Enduring Progress Initiative to fill the systemic funding gap faced by non-profits led by women of color.
“What has resonated with me is how Black women have grit and toughness and the willingness to get out there and make it work,” said Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, a member of the One Million Black Women Advisory Council. “As we make these investments and grants, along with that comes agency. Our partners will have responsibility. None of this will come as a surprise to Black women who have been [sacrificing and working hard] for a couple of centuries now.”
These organizations represent the first series of projects focused on creating #BlackWomenImpact; and directly reflect the OMBW pillars of healthcare, job creation and workforce development, education, housing, digital connectivity, financial health and access to capital.
Morehouse School of Medicine President Valerie Montgomery Rice MD, a member of the One Million Black Women Advisory Council spoke about the impact of the grant sharing her plans, “My goal for the Center for Maternal Health Equity at Morehouse School of Medicine is to create a model that can be used across the nation, and globally to empower others to advocate and work on behalf of women. Currently, maternity mortality rates are unacceptable; women deserve to live through the experience [of child birth] and hold their baby and go home.”
The Ruth J. Simmons Center for Race and Justice at Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) will track the progress and measure impact of the investments and grants.