About Giving Gap

1 million people.
1 billion dollars.
Together, we can #CloseTheGivingGap.

Following the murder of George Floyd and the protests around the globe calling for organizations to lead boldly and reform systems which perpetuate racial and economic inequities, in September 2020, Christina Lewis, founder and president of All Star Code, Stephanie Ellis-Smith, CEO of Phīla Engaged Giving, and David Setiadi, CTO @Point of Care Funding, launched what was then known as Give Blck, proceeding from the premise that philanthropic support of Black-led nonprofits is a critical – yet often forgotten – piece to tackling systemic racism.

Christina, Stephanie, and David set the direction for Give Blck, now known as Giving Gap, to raise visibility, expand reach, and broaden direct services of local organizations working on the frontlines of social change within Black communities.

About Us

Giving Gap exists to advance racial equity in giving and mobilize positive action for Black lives by connecting people to causes they care about. We are building the movement for the equitable funding of Black-founded nonprofits.

We amplify Black-founded organizations by providing:

  • A donor platform that allows individuals and institutions learn about and give to vetted Black-founded nonprofits
  • Research, data, and reporting that documents the strengths and needs of Black-founded nonprofits
  • Fundraising and storytelling campaigns to mobilize giving and positive action for Black lives

We have three bold goals to help close the gap for Black-founded nonprofits and the myriad of ways they support Black people and communities:

  • Build an accessible donor platform to easily connect donors and volunteers to every Black-founded nonprofits in the US.
  • Galvanize $1 billion in funding and in-kind support to Black-founded nonprofits.
  • Mobilize 1 million individuals to commit to supporting Black-founded nonprofits and closing the giving gap.

Why

Black-founded organizations are most likely to be grounded in the needs of Black communities, employ Black people, and build Black leaders. Yet, Black-founded organizations are systemically underfunded. Americans give $450 billion to charity each year, but only a tiny fraction of that goes to Black organizations. Data shows us from individual donors, to large corporate and institutional grantmaking, Black-founded and led organizations have experienced a general lack and routine disinvestment.

By the numbers

Funding for Black-led, early-stage nonprofits showed a large gap

24%

That's how much lower the average revenue is for Black-led, early-stage nonprofits compared to white-led nonprofits

76%

How much lower average unrestricted net assets are for Black-led, early-stage nonprofits compared to white-led nonprofits

45%

How much lower revenue is for Black-led nonprofits focused on helping Black men and boys, compared to white-led men nonprofits with the same focus

91%

How much lower unrestricted net are for the Black-led nonprofits focused on Black male achievement compared to white-led nonprofits with the same focus

$20M

The funding gap between 492 Black-led and 396 white-led early-stage nonprofits in 2019

Source: Bridgespan Group

Grantmaking gaps

2016 - 2018

This shows the portion of grants allowed for Black communities from seven foundations based in compatable markets to ours from study.

Percent Black population
Percent grants designated to Black communities

Com.Fdn.for Mississippi

Jackson, MS

Chart: Black population received less than 1% of funding in Jackson, Mississippi.

Greater Atlanta Com.Fdn.

Atlanta

Chart: Black population received less than 2% of funding in Atlanta, Georgia.

Greater Washington Com.Fdn.

D.C.

Chart: Black population received 3.3% of funding in Washington D.C.

Fdn.for the Carolinas

Charlotte, NC

Chart: Black population received half of a percent of funding in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The Chicago Com. Trust

Chicago

Chart: Black population received almost zero funding in Chicago.

Central Florida Fdn.

Orlando

Chart: Black population received less than 2% of funding in Orlando.

New York Com. Trust

New York

Chart: Black population received 4.2% of funding in New York City.

Source: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Our Values

At Giving Gap, we believe in:

Amplifying Black Organizations

We use our platform and resources to amplify the critical work our fellow Black-led organizations are doing. By elevating visionary organizations, we connect them to key people opening doors for opportunities, funding, and partnership.

A Community Focused Approach

We work to build collective power through community as a bottom up organization. We listen, seek input, are accountable, and use data to understand more deeply. As an intersectional group representing a vast array of causes, we work to find common ground that serves as a foundation for all to build off of. We empower each other to do better, work smarter, connect with more people, and raise more money.

Collective Black Brilliance

We are proudly Black-led and exist to support Black leadership and help Black leaders shine. We are intersectional and inclusive and honor the diversity within the Black community — working to uplift individuals along with our collective. We believe in building allyship across lines of difference to celebrate and lift up Black brilliance in rooms and spaces where it has been absent. We celebrate the genius of our community, operate from a place of abundance, and believe in radical joy.

Aligning Money & Morals

We help people put their money where their morals are. We work to create cultural and mindset change for those interested in advancing racial equity, facilitating behavior change in how people are giving, who they're giving to, and the causes they're supporting.

Enabling Measurable Change

We aim to encourage and enable people to take action for Black lives. By facilitating tangible ways for people to donate, volunteer, and partner with Black-led organizations we work to close the racial giving gap.

Our Staff

Aisha Alexander-Young

CEO

Aisha Alexander-Young is a context creator, systems disruptor, and community organizer whose career is focused on the intersection of race, place, and opportunity. She has held leadership positions in philanthropy, local government, grassroots organizations, and small and large nonprofits.

Before joining Giving Gap, Aisha served as Vice President for Strategy & Equity at the Meyer Foundation, where she led efforts to integrate racial equity and justice into all areas of the Foundation's work. Prior to her tenure at Meyer, Aisha was Director of Thought Leadership for KABOOM! and held leadership positions with the City of Charlotte and Dream Defenders. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Black Foundation Executives (ABFE). She lives in Washington, D.C., with her partner and daughter.

Lee Anderson

Senior Director of Communications and Storytelling

As Senior Director of Communications and Storytelling at Giving Gap, Lee Anderson is working to develop, manage and implement digital and communications strategies to advance initiatives in line with Giving Gap’s goal of closing the racial equity gap in nonprofit funding. Lee spent the last 16 years managing progressive electoral and political campaigns. Following time at organizations such as the AFL-CIO, the Center for Popular Democracy, and CREDO SuperPAC, Lee brought his experience to philanthropy where he served as the Vice President of Creative and Storytelling for the Marguerite Casey Foundation before coming to Giving Gap. Lee is an adjunct digital campaigns trainer with Re:Power and has trained hundreds of digital communicators all over the country.

Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Lee admittedly spent way too much time in Washington, DC, and now lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife, Carmen.

Qeiara Fuller

COMMUNITY MANAGER

Qeiara Fuller is a digital creator and storyteller inspired by connecting the dots of the human experience. Centered on creating equity, her previous work has consisted of teaching internationally and advocating for prison reform and housing justice. With a special interest in creating resource accessibility, Qeiara has worked as a web developer and consultant for small businesses. Her passion extends to using tech as a tool for activism and social good.

Qeiara presently volunteers with the Central Ohio Freedom Fund and local food banks. She is a coffee enthusiast based in Ohio but can be found sharing stories in coffee shops worldwide.

Trista Harris

INTERIM CEO

Trista Harris is a philanthropic futurist and nationally known as a passionate advocate for leaders in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. Trista's work has been covered by the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Forbes, CNN, the New York Times, and numerous social sector blogs. She is also the co-author of the book "How to Become a Nonprofit Rockstar" and the upcoming book "FutureGood". She is a President of FutureGood, a consultancy focused on helping visionaries build a better future.

She has spent her whole career dedicated to the social sector, starting with a job as a summer parks assistant at the age of 15. Before starting FutureGood, Trista was President of the Minnesota Council on Foundations, a vibrant community of grantmakers who award more than $1.5 billion annually. Prior to joining MCF in 2013, she was executive director of the Headwaters Foundation for Justice in Minneapolis, and she previously served as program officer at the St. Paul Foundation. Trista has been certified in strategic foresight by Oxford University, earned her Master of Public Policy degree from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and her Bachelor of Arts from Howard University. She is a board member for the Association of Black Foundation Executives. Trista served on the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee and the Governor's Council on Law Enforcement and Community Relations, which was convened after the shooting of Philando Castile. She is a passionate national advocate for the social sector using the tools of futurism to solve our communities' most pressing challenges.

Heather Infantry

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

Heather Infantry is the Founder of the Atlanta Taskforce for Philanthropic Reparations created in response to her public call out of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta's exclusion of Black arts organizations in COVID relief funding resulting in an unprecedented contribution of $1.4M to 33 Black organizations. Heather was also the Managing Director for the TransFormation Alliance, a collective advancing equitable transit-oriented development as a pathway to Black prosperity.

Prior to this position, Heather served as the Executive Director of GENERATOR, "retro-futurist-Beltline-social-house," whose mission is to bring people together to generate ideas that shape the future of cities. Throughout her career Heather has fostered an ongoing curiosity for people, places and ideas at the intersection of culture and equity. Heather holds a B.A. in theater from Georgia State University and a MBA in Nonprofit Management from Trinity University. She serves on the board of African Diaspora Art Museum of Atlanta (ADAMA).

Eri Jaiyeoba

SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE CEO

For over ten years, Eri Jaiyeoba has improved, developed, and trained new processes in the operations space. She is proud of her contribution to the marketing development of Block 23, the first commercial property to end the food desert in downtown Phoenix. Throughout her experiences, she finds value in the details and believes that real impact is due to the structure of its foundation. Before Giving Gap, Eri was honored with Community Manager of the year at Expansive Workspace Midtown.

Besides her professional aspects, Eri loves to immerse herself in city culture, food, music, and art. Her home is with her partner and 3 fur babies and uses Phoenix, Arizona as her current hub.

De Andre King

DEVELOPMENT TEAM INTERN

De Andre King is a front-end developer and All Star Code Alumni (ASC 2015) who has been apart of the Giving Gap team since its founding in 2020. Since joining, De Andre has helped maintain Giving Gap's database and developed its digital platform.

Outside of Giving Gap, De Andre is an open-format DJ with a residency on local New York City radio stations. He's also a Quality Assurance Software Engineer for a financial tech firm.

Lukas A. V. Boonthanakit

CONSULTANT, FULL STACK DEVELOPER

Lukas A. V. Boonthanakit is a full stack developer with experience spanning across multiple sectors, including medical technology, e-commerce, communications, and philanthropy. Currently, he collaborates with Projects In Knowledge, a med-tech subsidiary of Kaplan Inc., managing their platform and developing applications. He has been consulting as a software developer with Giving Gap since its founding in 2020, and has continued to contribute to the digital development and management of the platform.

Outside of Giving Gap, Lukas is a co-founder of LCube Studios, a New York based digital product design and development studio. He was raised in Bangkok, Thailand and now lives in New York City.

Jason Cooper

CONSULTANT, DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY AND STRATEGY

Jason Cooper is a seasoned digital expert whose work has spanned across multiple disciplines, from product management and UX/UI development to video production and everything in-between. Jason joined Giving Gap as a technology consultant in late 2021 to help the organization create and maintain the digital structure necessary to build its movement.

Before consulting, Jason spent over 14 years at the nonprofit KABOOM! building online communities, developing websites, and directing creative productions. Originally from the Southeast Michigan area around Detroit, Jason now resides in Los Angeles.

Tenzin Lobsang

CONSULTANT, DESIGNER

Tenzin Lobsang is a designer focusing on UX/UI and brand development. His portfolio includes work across a variety of industries including foodservice, e-commerce, medical technology, and fashion. He began his career working with Aeropostale as a part of a design team and expanded his expertise by growing the brands of independent businesses. Tenzin joined Giving Gap in 2021 as a design consultant to aid with its branding transformation and management of its digital assets.

Aside from his artistic roles, Tenzin is a co-founder of LCube Studios, a digital product design and development studio, and currently resides in New York City.

Luis Muñoz

CONSULTANT, DEVOPS AND DIGITAL TOOLS MANAGER

Luis Muñoz is a devops manager motivated by innovative blockchain technologies. His expertise includes developing and integrating cloud technologies with a focus on privacy and security. Notably, he was responsible for providing IT support to a large network of users at NBC Universal as a part of their tech-operations department. He joined Giving Gap as a consultant for managing digital tools and securing infrastructure.

As an entrepreneur, Luis founded Crypto Repair, an IT support and cloud consulting firm, and co-founded LCube Studios, a digital product design and development studio. He lives in New York City with his canine companion Kalisha.

Our Board

Susan Taylor Batten

Board Member

Susan Taylor Batten is president and chief executive officer of ABFE: A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities. ABFE (established in 1971 as the Association of Black Foundation Executives) is a membership-based philanthropic organization that advocates for responsive and transformative investments in Black communities. Since joining ABFE in 2009, Batten has led the organization's philanthropic advising and programming on responsive philanthropy in Black communities for foundation leaders, donors and aligned partners. Batten came to ABFE after more than 25 years of leadership experience in both the private and public sectors.

Prior to joining ABFE, Batten served as senior associate with the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a grantmaking institution focused on child welfare. In this role, she served as staff in the Community Change Initiatives Unit and coordinated a portfolio on equity, diversity and inclusion.In the public sector, Batten worked as a senior analyst for the U.S. Department of Agriculture where she directed research and evaluation on food assistance programs; she also served in the Government of the District of Columbia as an analyst on initiatives supporting children, youth and families. Batten currently serves on the board at the United Philanthropy Forum, the Caribbean Philanthropy Alliance, and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. She is also an Advisory Board member at the Valdry Center for Philanthropy at Southern University.

She received her master's degree in social work from Howard University and her bachelor's degree in English and political science from Fisk University.

Stephanie Ellis-Smith

Co-Founder, Board Secretary

Stephanie Ellis-Smith is a philanthropist who has over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. She is the founder and former Executive Director of the Central District Forum for Arts & Ideas (CD Forum), an organization that presents and produces lectures, readings, and performing arts events rooted in African-American culture. Prior to the CD Forum, she worked with the Jacob Lawrence Catalogue Raisonné Project, and has held every seat at the social sector's table: nonprofit CEO, social enterprise COO, foundation trustee,and civic activist. Stephanie is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) and a Certified Advisor in multi-generational family philanthropy. Stephanie serves on the board of InternationalAdvisors in Philanthropy and lives in Seattle.

Christina Lewis

Co-Founder, Board Chair

Christina Lewis is a social entrepreneur, writer and investor. She is the Founder of All Star Code, a computer science education nonprofit that empowers Black and Latino young men with the skills, networks, and mindsets to succeed in technology. She is also Treasurer of the Board of The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation, a private grantmaking family entity. Christina speaks and writes frequently on diversity in tech and next generation wealth.

Prior to All Star Code she was a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal. She is proud to be a 2014 Obama Whitehouse Champion of Change for STEM Access, a member of the Hunter Computer Science Advisory Board, an Elected Director of the Harvard Alumni Association and amember of the Harvard SEAS Dean's Advisory Cabinet. She lives in New York with her husband and three children, including her darling pandemic baby.

Rupal Parekh

Board Member

Rupal Parekh is a marketing thought leader and is currently a Partner at Work & Co, a global design and technology company. For the past five years, she's worked with nonprofits, Fortune 500 companies, and early stage companies on brand building and helping them to introduce new digital products and experiences to the world.

Prior to Work & Co, she led her own consultancy and was a strategic advisor for content and marketing for numerous agencies, Valley startups, and brands. Rupal has a depth of knowledgein media from her time as business journalist, including a seven-year stint as a writer and editor at Advertising Age. She has an M.S. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

David Setiadi

Co-Founder, Board Treasurer

Dr. David Setiadi is an experienced CTO and CIO with extensive history of working in the healthcare, science, education, nonprofit, technology, media and telecommunications industries including cofounding multiple companies like @Point of Care, an A.I. powered Clinical Decision Support platform servicing over half a million Health Care Practitioners, dgNetrix Communications providing real time digital collaboration services and Unika SMP which specializes in sustainable materials development and production. Coupling business acumen and entrepreneurship skills with strong technical abilities to create, design, develop and engineer digital (desktop, web, mobile and embedded products) as well as chemical and molecular products, his career also includes strategic oversight in marketing, operations and sales.

Michael Thatcher

Board Member

Michael Thatcher leads Charity Navigator in its efforts to make impactful philanthropy easier for all by increasing the breadth and depth of evaluation methodologies to facilitate ratings coverage of substantially larger numbers of charities and expand how the information engages new and existing audiences.

Prior to joining Charity Navigator Michael spent more than fifteen years with Microsoft, the last ten of which, as their Public-Sector Chief Technology Officer responsible for technology policy initiatives and engagements with governments and academic leaders in Asia, the Middle-East and Africa. Michael's eclectic background includes years at sea conducting oceanographic research with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, composing music and dancing internationally as the co-founder and co-director of Dance Music Light. He has held various board positions within the nonprofit and tech sector, holds several patents in enterprise systems management and has a degree in Music from Columbia University in New York.

His guiding mantra: Follow your heart - Use your head - Make a difference

Our Partners