United Way’s Young Leaders Council is thrilled to honor philanthropist Beverly Bond at the 2nd Annual Red Carpet Soiréeth at the New York Renaissance Hotel. Bond will be honored for her foundation, BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Inc., which she started over four years ago in an effort to mitigate the negative images of young women in the media and create a platform for programs and workshops focused on self esteem and confidence building. Her foundation is making great strides on a national level to impact change and raise the standard of how young women are represented in media.
Not unlike other nonprofits with young professional affinity groups, United Way is recognizing the need to cultivate and nurture the next wave of donors in New York City. The old guard of giving based on legacy relationships with C-suite executives of retirement age is slowly becoming a thing of the past. The new guard of philanthropists and donors are relatively younger and more savvy with an understanding of how to navigate the social entrepreneurial terrain. One of the more novel ways the Young Leaders Council is reaching younger donors, leveraging advocacy efforts, and encouraging the viral spread of philanthropy is through the “Give 10 Tell 10” campaign.
Members of the Young Leaders Council represent over 1000 young professionals who volunteer, advocate, and fundraise to support at-risk high school students in United Way’s Focus Forward program. With the New York City Department of Education announcing over $400 million in budget cuts for 2010, it is imperative programs such as Focus Forward continue to exist as a safety net for at-risk students that have fallen through the cracks.
Please join the Young Leaders Council on December 12th at the Red Carpet Soirée to raise money for future young leaders in our community. You will have the opportunity to celebrate the success of New York philanthropist Beverly Bond and be part of a movement to advance the spirit of giving among young professionals in New York City. Beverly will be spinning the first set of the night as well. This will be a night of fun and philanthropy!
Purchase your tickets here. http://www.unitedwaynyc.org/redcarpet_09/
–United Way Young Leaders Council press release–