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.

In 2009 Ebonie began Friends of Ebonie to be a philanthropic resource for her millennial peers. Now a leading platform in the way of social responsibility for GenY-ers of color, it is a blog, philanthropic information portal and an educational giving resource. Specifically targeting young professionals and philanthropists in New York and Washington, DC, Friends with Ebonie raises social awareness, and develops educational resources and facilitates events related to strengthening and defining young philanthropy.  In addition to managing Friends, Ebonie is also a freelance writer and full time consultant to institutions and organizations seeking to engage young urban professionals and philanthropists.

In her philanthropic leadership, Ebonie is currently a Vice-President on the Junior Board of New York Cares, Inc., an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a dedicated member to Reid Temple AME Church in Glen Dale, MD. Other memberships include: Alvin Ailey Young Patrons Circle | 1869 Society | Black Benefactors | National Black MBA Association | Black Women for Black Girls.

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Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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