We are not a financial literacy organization.
At BlackFem, we are unafraid of abandoning what is known for what is right. That’s why we are on the ground, partnering with the nation’s most forward-thinking governmental bodies and activists to reimagine wealth-building opportunities for Black women. And we do this by addressing key areas of influence – cultural institutions, education systems, policymaking, and families. With a holistic, research-backed approach to healing financial trauma, we can nurture more lives and maximize impact for the long-term.
Together, we can tackle the root causes of financial trauma. How do we get there? We take a bespoke, holistic approach, partnering with you to challenge and dismantle inequities embedded in policy, education, cultural and familial systems.
From K-12 to higher education, we help reform the environments that shape our community’s young minds. For students, we build curricula that heals their financial trauma and teaches them how to build wealth. For leaders, we provide capacity-building trainings and advisory to help them eliminate financial inequities in their schools.
Cultural institutions shape behaviors and beliefs, making it a powerful vehicle for change. From churches to town hall meetings, we work with on-the-ground activists to address financial trauma with locally relevant training and programming.
Policies can help communities build wealth, but they can also invisibly oppress those most vulnerable. We educate leaders on how to dismantle systems of financial trauma, then work side-by-side with them to integrate our wealth justice research into new legislation.
Wealth building is tied so closely with the family unit– from how we form an understanding of wealth, to how we accrue it from generation to generation. To reach families directly, we host programs that empower them to learn more about how they can identify bias and better navigate unfair systems in place.
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.
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.
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.
BlackFem was founded in 2015.
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.
We currently operate in 30 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 30 cities on our waitlist.
The minimal unit we partner with are cities. Within the city we work with school district(s), cultural institutions, families, and policymakers.
The best way to get in touch is to fill out the form on our contact page.