Two Years and Thriving...

December 2016

As we wrap up 2016, we are grateful to all who have given time, energy, resources, and love to BlackFemaleProject.

This year we raised just under $2,000 from generous individuals and a grant from The Pollination Project. In-kind donations and technical assistance were provided by our partners, and the National Black Programming Consortium appointed our founder, Precious J. Stroud, an Artist-in-Residence.

As a volunteer-run organization, primarily self-funded by our founder, we rely on sponsorship and contributions to help keep this urgent project running. It has been a labor of love to host workshops and create spaces for our stories to be told and affirmed. Precious has leveraged her relationships and connections to get us this far, and with your help, 2017 promises to be another year of growth.

Today we are asking you to contribute one last time in 2016,
so that we can continue this work in 2017.
Your donation is tax-deductible thanks to our fiscal sponsor, East Oakland Youth Development Center and CEO Regina Jackson.
Designate your gift by selecting "OTHER" from the drop down menu,
and type "BLACKFEMALEPROJECT" in the "NOTE" box.

Your contribution will help BlackFemaleProject:

Connect with technical experts
Foundations, investors, publishers, producers, and directors are taking an interest in helping us distribute and tell our stories. This means that the umbrella of BlackFemaleProject experiences available to you, both online and in-person, will increase. Your support will allow us to invest more time into building partnerships that are critical to the growth of BlackFemaleProject.

Share our strategic vision
In January we will roll out our 2017 strategic goals and will ask for your input. Mark your calendar for Sunday, February 5, 2017 — our 2nd anniversary celebration! We will host a Story Bash in Oakland, CA where you can come to share your story in the confessional, participate in and/or observe a BlackFemaleProject Conservation in action. Everyone who attends will have an opportunity to self-express in a duo, small group, or solo. All are welcome to attend!

Deepen partnerships
An Oakland-based foundation invited us into their social good business incubation program — which includes office space in the highly sought after Jack London Square district! In January we'll be able to share details and introduce you to the GENEROUS foundation that hand-picked Precious and the BlackFemaleProject as an anchor in their incubation program, with the purpose of refining practice and building infrastructure to scale BlackFemaleProject nationally and internationally.

If you would like to join the strategic planing committee or if you have other talents that you'd like to donate in service of documenting our shared experience, please reply to this email.


The BlackFemaleProject is hosting an open Call for Submissions through December 31, 2016. BlackFemaleProject is a storytelling effort that prepares girls and young women for the realities of the work world by introducing stories of triumph and perseverance. Real women with satisfying careers discuss what it takes to maintain professional leadership. Add your voice to the collection.

In January, BlackFemaleProject will announce a Call for Submissions for art work that will be included in the published collection and show at a special event next fall. Details and additional information will be available in early 2017. If you are interested in serving on the selection committee, please reply to this email. 



January 21 - Live Your Dream: A Transformational Conversation with Phyllis Bowie
February 5 - SAVE THE DATE - 2nd Anniversary Story Bash
February 25 - SAVE THE DATE - Black Vines: A Toast to Black Wineries and Diverse Art

Defining and Creating a Life of Well-Being and Balance
by Dana Fitchett

Phyllis Bowie fits in the category of what I like to call space-givers: people who create the space for others around them to feel comfortable being themselves, simply by modeling what that looks like. While she primarily describes herself as an on-air host professional, Phyllis is also a lifestyle coach and ambassador, helping people find authentic ways to create their dream lifestyles while also saving time and money. READ MORE

Live Your Dream: A Transformational Conversation with Phyllis Bowie
Saturday, January 21, 2017



BlackFemaleProject Showed Up for Screenings in October and November
It was a success! Ché Phillips and Precious J. Stroud were thought-provoking contributors to the panel discussion following the film on October 12. Click HERE to see photos and read more.

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