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Last week NoVo Foundation announced a $90 million effort to support girls and young women of color. This is the largest effort by a private organization to support structural problems being faced by U.S. women and girls of color.
The NoVo Foundation, which was created in 2006 by Jennifer and Peter Buffett will target the funds to “support grassroots programming and advocacy, as well as national-level policy and culture change efforts,” said Pamela Shifman, Executive Director of the NoVo Foundation. Additionally, they have shared that this effort will be girl-led, driven and designed and plans to build on the commitment of the leadership of women of color who have worked tirelessly to further this moment for years.
The foundation will be speaking with young women of color and advocates around the country over the next year through regional learning sessions to help decide how best to invest the funds and will announce the funding process in early 2017.
This initiative follows one advanced by the White House in November of last year and seeks to create an open dialogue and programming much like the “My Brothers Keeper” initiative to support boys and young men of color. Walker’s Legacy is excited to participate in these discussions and will continue to support both these efforts through implementation of University Programming later this year.