WKKF Awards $2.4 Million to Wayne State for Racial Equity Initiative

philanthropynewsdigest | February 23, 2018

The three-year grant will fund the second phase of the Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), an initiative of the law school's Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. Launched in 2014 with a $1.5 million grant from the foundation, DEAL works to promote racial equity and justice by bringing together an intergenerational multiracial group of leaders and innovators dedicated to ending structural racism in areas ranging from arts and media, community development, and law to everyday needs such as access to a safe environment and quality education, health, food security, transportation, and housing. The initiative has convened three cohorts of fellows totaling more than eighty individuals working to end structural racism in the greater Detroit region.Phase II of the initiative will focus on strengthening the DEAL network through professional development opportunities, the fostering of connections within the DEAL community and with others engaged in building equitable communities, and convenings. In addition to recruiting two new cohorts of fellows, the lab will continue to conduct research to meet information gaps identified by communities most affected and refine its strategies for eliminating structural racism.

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B Generous, a first of its kind FinTech for good platform, announces the official launch of Donate Now, Pay Later™ (DNPL), a revolutionary new tool allowing donors to make contributions to their favorite nonprofits through a proprietary philanthropic credit product called a Point of Donation Loan™ (PoDL). Using Donate Now, Pay Later™, the nonprofit receives the donation immediately, and the donor gets the tax receipt right away, but the donor pays nothing out of pocket at the point of donation and instead pays over time, with no interest, costs or fees. Founded by three-time, venture-backed entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dominic Kalms, with the simple mission to get more donations to more nonprofits faster, B Generous partnered up with Drake Bank, a mission aligned community bank in St. Paul, Minnesota, to power the world's first Point of Donation Loan (PoDL) program. "B Generous' biggest goal is to help nonprofits scale their mission. By using DNPL, nonprofits enjoy larger average donations, higher donor conversion and retention, and more money, faster, and best of all, we put an end to monthly donor cancellations and pledge defaults, Last year, Americans donated $484 billion to nonprofits. Yet, about half of all U.S. nonprofits today have less than one month of cash reserves on hand. To put it simply, Americans are incredibly generous, but many nonprofits are still struggling. B Generous fundamentally solves the liquidity problem for nonprofits, without putting pressure on donors' finances, allowing people to give what they want, not merely what they feel constrained to give." -Dominic, Founder and CEO of B Generous. The almost half-a-trillion-dollar philanthropic market is the largest underserved sector of finance today, with no current lending or credit solutions available. B Generous, which is leading the Philanthropy Technology (PhilTech) movement, is leveraging the proven concept of Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) in order to allow donors to make larger financial contributions without stressing their bank accounts. Based on proprietary market data, Point of Donation Loans will increase average donation values by 60%+. Nonprofits can roll out B Generous' DNPL product using a seamless integration process, without any in-house technology team required. The DNPL button can be added to their website, email and social media campaigns, crowdfunding campaigns, and wherever the nonprofit fundraises. The nonprofit can then instantly begin receiving higher donations to achieve their mission. What's more, for their donors, it appears like familiar existing monthly giving options, making adoption effortless and frictionless. "Making the decision to partner with B Generous was not only strategic, but natural. 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