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$430,000 Awarded to Visionary Black Social Impact Leaders by BMe Community

BMe Community proudly announces its 2024 BMe Vanguard Awards. This national honor, sponsored by McKnight Foundation, Ballmer Group, NBA Foundation, George Kaiser Family Foundation, and Interfaith America, provides 43 honorees $10,000 in unrestricted funds to support their social impact initiatives along with enrollment in an advanced leadership enrichment program to expand their knowledge, influence, and networks.

The BMe Vanguard program brings inspiring and trusted Black leaders into a community that fosters their well-being, financial empowerment, collaboration, and positive social impact. BMe Vanguard honorees embody the #NextNarrative principle of defining people by their aspirations and contributions, rather than by their limitations or stigmas.

“BMe Vanguards come from all walks of life but share one authentic action-oriented love for humanity,” said Trabian Shorters, Co-founder and CEO of BMe Community. “BMe Community and our partners are honored to recognize these deeply dedicated builders of Black people and all people’s freedoms to Live, Own, Vote, and Excel (L.O.V.E.).”

Since its inception in 2013, BMe has given over $4 Million in angel grants, launching 260 social impact initiatives and supporting 160 more. On average, those initiatives raised 54 times BMe’s angel investment and collectively serve millions of families across the United States.

Andre CantyCities United
Adeola Ariyo-EnikanoseluThe Next Genpreneur
Benjamin CarltonSTAN for Love
BerThaddaeus BaileyMy Brother’s Keeper Tulsa
Carlisha BradleyWomen Empowering Nations
Cedric IkpoThunder Fellows Program
Desmond MeadeFlorida Rights Restoration Coalition
Dion’trae HayesMet Cares Foundation
Dondi EdwardsEdwards Group
Dr. Brandon CosbyFlanner House of Indianapolis, Inc
Dr. Chris McNeilYouth Medical Mentorship, Inc
Dr. Kelsey MossUniversity of Southern California
Dr. Tiffany WhitmanCity of Toledo (Ohio)
Emanuel “Boo”, MiltonCure with Love Strategies
Fatima MooreFirefly Advocacy
Jelani AnglinGood Call
Jermira TrappDetective
Jerrilyn RobersonCities United
Jori ThibodeauxAgape Oasis
Joy LindsayFounder & CEO of Butterfly Dreamz, Inc
Leah AllenMobilizeGreen
Malik RuckerV3 Sports
Marcus EllisPeace for DC
Marquess DennisBirthright Living Legacy
Maya DorseyLearn to Earn Dayton
Mikeal VaughnUrban Coders Guild
Mohammed JibrielUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro
Nicole BrannonCity of Tulsa
Olivia JeffersonUnitedHealth Group
Omare JimmersonTulsa Birth Equity Initiative
Patrice RelerfordMinneapolis Foundation
Robert ClarkNewark Opportunity Youth Network
Roger CummingsJXTA
Rondalyn AbodeCrossover Community Impact
Shannon BennettKenwood Oakland Community Organization
Shannon Smith JonesGreater Twin Cities United Way
Sheena MeadeThe Clean Slate Initiative
Steven HarrisCenter on Faith and Justice, Georgetown University
Steven PargettMilitia Design
Tim NewtonTulsa Dream Center
Tony LusibaMcKnight Foundation
Trent BowmanBremer Bank
Tyler IzuagieHorizon Learning

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