New York Needs You & ‘wichcraft Host “BBQ & You” Tues., June 18th at Bryant Park

New York Needs You (NYNY), a NYC-based nonprofit working with high-achieving, low-income college students, is pleased to announce its second annual BBQ & You fundraiser, in partnership with ‘wichcraft. The event will take place on Tuesday, June 18th, at the Southwest Porch in Bryant Park with ‘wichcraft serving as the event sponsor for a second straight year. Throughout the evening, guests will dine on barbecue and seasonal American fare from ‘wichcraft, craft beer from Peak Organic Brewing Company, wine from Apothic, all while enjoying live music provided by Talisman. Attendees will have the chance to learn more about NYNY’s programs and network with young professionals.

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Diversity Affluence Hosts Secret Supper Club

On May 30th, fifteen distinguished women gathered in New York City for the Diversity Affluence Secret Supper Club.


This gathering, in partnership with Amethyst Entertainment, was to help launch the inaugural Women with Purpose Global Summit taking place in St. Martin/St. Maarten from June 18th – 22nd. Read The Rest

NAN Announces Major Action Plans at Largest Conference in Org History (PICS)

Thousands of people attended National Action Network’s (NAN) annual national convention April 3-6 in New York City including delegates from over sixty NAN chapters across the United States. The convention concluded with major announcement by Rev. Al Sharpton, founder and President of NAN, regarding action plans formulated during the convention.

D5A90F84-DED9-4081-BE5A-855B3CC30F05 (1)Firstly, the organization will target major private corporations about their employment, procurement, and inclusion practices at board levels. According to Rev. Sharpton: “the reason that Black unemployment has remained high is that the public sector jobs are being cut while the private sector has increased jobs but lowered its commitment to inclusion and hiring and doing business in our community. NAN intends to go at major industries that sell their goods in our community but do no good with our community.” Rev. Al Sharpton is sending letters this week seeking meetings with ten CEO’s of major corporations and will publicly release findings relating to business and hiring practices in communities of color.

Secondly, NAN started an “Alert Watch” since the Supreme Court is deciding on Affirmative Action and Section 5 of The Voting Rights Act–both of which Rev. Sharpton attended the oral arguments for at the Supreme Court—and NAN has issued an alert that will go into action in the event that the Supreme Court overturns either of the aforementioned policies. NAN will mobilize activists to urge Congressional action and to put pressure on the academic and corporate community if Affirmative Action is lost.

Lastly, he called on NAN delegates to put pressure on their Senators to vote on stronger Gun legislation that could come up for debate in the Senate this week.

Other highlights of the national convention included the Measuring the Movement forum on the final day that brought together three generations of civil rights leaders to discuss strategies on what can be done to sustain civil rights and the social justice movement regardless of what the court’s decisions may be. The forum featured civil rights leaders and a review by some of the legends of the civil rights movement regarding the progress made and mistakes made in the fifty years since the “March in Washington.” The Forum included civil rights icons Rev. Joseph Lowery, Juanita Abernathy, Otis Moss, Jr., and Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr., among others.

Several officials from the Obama Administration attended the NAN convention including

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Regina M. Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States, Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, as well as leading members of Congress and activists such as Martin Luther King, III, National Urban League President Marc Morial, NAACP President Ben Jealous, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice President Kerry Kennedy, and many others. Both the family of Hadiyah Pendleton, the 15-year-old who was fatally shot a week after performing with her high school band at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the family of Trayvon Martin were in attendance.

A key highlight took place on the actual date of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4th as NAN hosted its 15th Annual Keepers of the Dream Awards. The awards, given each year in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, honor those who have continued to advocate for the principles for which Dr. King gave his life. In 2011, President Barack Obama delivered the keynote remarks at the Keepers of the Dream Awards. Among the honorees this year were:  Laphonza Butler, President, SEIU (Service Employees International Union) & (ULTCW) United Long Term Care; Bishop T. D. Jakes, Global Humanitarian and Senior Pastor, The Potter’s House of Dallas; Spike Lee, Award-Winning Filmmaker & Director; Tanya Leah Lombard, Assistant Vice President, Public Affairs AT&T; Wynton Marsalis, Trumpeter, Composer and Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center; Dennis Mehiel, Managing Member, Four M Investments, LLC; and Rosie Perez, Award-Winning Actress & Activist. Lori Stokes, anchor of Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon on Channel 7 WABC-TV New York. The evening featured special remarks by Martin Luther King, III the eldest son of Dr. King.




Beyonce Announced as New Goodwill Spokesperson

Goodwill Industries International announced that Beyonce will lend her voice to help raise awareness about Goodwill’s mission of transforming lives through the power of work.

Beyonce helps raise awareness about Goodwill's mission of transforming lives through the power of work
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Robert Reffkin to Serve as “Featured Maker” at Intimate Power Brunch

Robert.Reffkin_180x194_-180x194On Sunday, April 14th 11a – 2p, Robert Reffkin will serve as a “Featured Maker” at an invite-only intimate power brunch, “Trailblazing Your Way to Success: From Vision to Start-Up and Beyond”.  (To attend, send a resume and letter of interest to

Robert’s story is pretty impressive.  He’ll tell you that despite the circumstances in his youth that could have held him back, he’s living a good life.  He’s humble and appreciative – constantly giving credit to nonprofits like A Better Chance, the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity and Summer Search for helping to shape the man that he is today. Read The Rest

CUP Accepting Nominations for the Gillibrand Women’s Mentoring Initiative

In an email forwarded to the CUP network, Executive Director of the organization, Chloe Drew announced a call for nominees for the organization’s Gillibrand Women’s Mentoring Initiative.  The program – open to CUP members in good standing – was sparked by Senator Kirsten Gilliabrand calling on CUP and the Partnership for New York City to build a pipeline of women who aspire to advance their careers, grow their strategic networks, serve on high-impact boards and give back to their communities.  See the requirements for the program.  Completed applications are due on Friday, April 19th at 5:00 p.m. EST. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Read The Rest

The Makers Present “Trailblazing Your Way to Success: From Vision to Start-Up and Beyond” | April 14th

In President Obama’s Inaugural address, he said that “it has been the risk-takers, doers, the makers of things… who have carried us up the long rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.” These words hit home for a group of New York City young professionals who were inspired to create, The Makers, a collective of individuals with the goal of serving as a conduit for “risk-takers, doers, and makers of things” to connect, interact and build with one another for the greater good. By hosting a series of intimate events with a highly selected group of professionals, each event includes Featured Makers who are accomplished experts in their fields for a conversation on topics including philanthropy, financial independence, entrepreneurship and more to add value and help push dreams toward successful reality.

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She’s the Boss: Ebonie Johnson Cooper, Friends of Ebonie

Ebonie Johonson CooperA witness to the impact of community leadership and a believer that giving happens at all levels, Ebonie Johnson Cooper’s mission to give back to her community has been a life-long passion. Inspired by her parents and the kind spirit of her family, Ebonie always knew helping those around her was a fundamental part of life. Read The Rest

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