blackfem, inc.

We are a wealth justice organization.

We are not a financial literacy organization.

about us

BlackFem is a commitment to wealth justice.

BlackFem addresses the ever-widening gender and racial wealth gap by mobilizing cities, political systems, culture centers, and education systems to be the mechanism through which we maximize the wealth building capabilities of Black women, women of color, and their communities.

wealthrise model

Our WealthRise® Model is a whole-community system

Our model intervenes and engages with all the stakeholders and "centers" (i.e. entities) where financial trauma can be perpetrated. We focus on the following pillars and programmatic actions:

Education

Our K-12 partners commit to deliver our programming to their students up to daily through our Equiddieᵀᴹ platform. Young adults in the higher education space are most in need of programming and strategies to maximize their wealth-building capability.

Culture

Our cultural institutions are how community ecosystems retain and reenact historical financial trauma. As such, it is important to identify the major local institutions that influence the culture of the community and build capacity for these entities to recognize and disrupt the transmission of financial trauma.

Policy

Institutions that enact policies are often the ripest context for financial trauma to be perpetrated and/or transmitted. Our partner cities commit to capacity-building programming, trainings, and events that teach legislative aides and the like to incorporate understandings of wealth justice and financial trauma in their work.

Families

Families are the second-leading institutions that are a ripe context for transmission or perpetration of financial trauma. BlackFem hosts regular programming and supports the launch of other programs and initiatives for parents to transform their homes into centers for learning and healing.

Will you help us advance wealth justice?

Although our quantitative metrics are impressive, we put an emphasis on qualitative metrics because it really demonstrates impact more than any quantitative measure, since we know that financial trauma has the biggest influence on a person's wealth building capability.

Our Metrics

We have impactful numbers

22
Policies adopted
~72,000
Women and girls of color served
150K+
Students, families, teachers, and community members served
$47,000
Wealth generated in cities where we launched the Bank on Us initiative
Where are we located

Currently we operate in 22 cities, with 38 cities on our waitlist.

We are research-backed. Our research informs all the work that we do.

BlackFem is nonprofit organization with a holistic, systems-change and research-backed solution to closing the racial and gender wealth gap. Our model is revolutionary because we research financial trauma, financial shame, and financial abuse and we are the only ones doing it from the systemic lens we choose to look at it through.

Faqs

Frequently Asked Questions

What does wealth justice mean?

We aren’t a financial literacy organization. The phraseology financial literacy is rooted in financial shaming because it suggests that the socioeconomic harm we experience is our fault. We believe advancing wealth justice to create widespread social and economic change can only be done by addressing financial trauma and healing.

When were we founded?

Blackfem was founded in 2015, so we've been operating for around 6 years.

What is our ultimate goal?

Our goals are to maximize the wealth-building capabilities of the most purposely ignored groups (i.e Black women and women color), increase their material wealth, influence policy, and transform other local entities that transmit and perpetrate financial trauma.

Where do we operate?

We currently operate in 22 cities across the United States. The vast majority of them happen to be cities on the eastern seaboard and encompass some of our largest cities being NYC, D.C., Rochester, and Chicago. Currently, we have 38 cities on our waitlist.

Who do we work with?

The minimal unit we partner with are cities. Within the city we work with school district(s), cultural institutions, families, and policymakers.

What's the best way to get in touch?

The best way to get in touch is to fill out the form on our contact page.