CBCF Brings Diversity To The Forefront In #GivingTuesday Campaign

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Fundraising initiative supports efforts to increase diversity on Capitol Hill

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) kicks off its participation in the #GivingTuesday movement to place more African-Americans on Capitol Hill. #GivingTuesday, a global day that celebrates and supports giving and philanthropy, inspires individuals to donate to charities and organizations. On November 28, 2017, the day of giving, the CBCF will officially begin its end-of-year giving campaign focused on increasing diversity on Capitol Hill.

This year’s theme, “Go ALL In” (#GoALLin), is a clarion call that highlights the critical need for programs like the CBCF’s Leadership Institute to bring talented African Americans to Capitol Hill. Interns and fellows participating in the Leadership Institute will gain first-hand leadership experience by working with members of Congress and their staff. The CBCF’s goal is to create a steady pipeline of talent to help increase the representation of African American leaders in public service careers and public policy positions.

“Giving Tuesday helps us fulfill our vision of cultivating young leaders and ensuring African Americans continue to have a substantial voice on Capitol Hill,” said A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO, CBCF. “Our ability to fund the pipeline to leadership depends on the support of our community as a whole. The donations the CBCF receive on Giving Tuesday push us a step closer to fulfilling our goal of a more inclusive Congress.”

Last year, the CBCF’s #GivingTuesday campaign brought in nearly $35,000, substantially exceeding the initial goal of $15,000. This year, the funds raised will support the CBCF’s Emerge 535 program, an initiative to place an African American intern from the CBCF Leadership Institute in all 535 congressional offices on Capitol Hill. The CBCF has set an aggressive goal of raising $53,500 by the end of the 2017 calendar year.

“On #GivingTuesday and throughout the year, we encourage our online community and supporters to join this movement by making a tax-deductible donation via our crowdfunding website, http://www.cbcfinc.org/GoALLin," added Washington.

For more information, visit http://www.cbcfinc.org/GoALLin. To learn about the CBCF fundraising opportunities, contact the resource development team at 202.263.2800.

ABOUT THE CBCF

Established in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF), is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute intended to broaden and elevate the influence of African Americans in the political, legislative and public policy arenas. For more information, visit http://www.cbcfinc.org.

ABOUT #GIVINGTUESDAY

#GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (in the United States) and after the widely-recognized shopping events, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, to kick-off the holiday giving season. The goal of Giving Tuesday is to inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

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