The Greenwood Challenge is named for the Greenwood neighborhood of Tulsa, Oklahoma, referred to colloquially as Black Wall Street. In 1921, Greenwood was the site of one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history as a mob of white residents killed close to 300 Black people and destroyed property that left more than 8,000 people homeless and most Black businesses in ruins. Through this initiative, BECMA seeks to build and reclaim modern, thriving, unapologetically Black communities across Massachusetts.

We have an ambitious goal of raising $1 million by September 2020. Proceeds from the effort will support the development of BECMA’s agenda, which includes advocating for private and public sector policies to address systemic racism that impede Black economic development, supporting a fund to provide greater access to capital for Black-owned businesses, and offering technical assistance programs.

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THE GREENWOOD CHALLENGE

BECMA is taking the lead in addressing the negative impacts of systemic racism on the economic well-being of the Black community in Massachusetts.

 
 

The Greenwood Challenge was kicked off with a substantial donation from Herby Duverne, a BECMA board member and CEO of the Windwalker Group. In early June 2020, he committed $100,000 to helping BECMA reach its $1 million goal by the end of 2020.

Thank you, Herby!

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Prefer to send a check? Be sure to send it to:

BECMA, One Beacon Street, Suite 1500, Boston, MA 02108

Questions? Reach us at info@becma.org

Supporters of

THE GREENWOOD CHALLENGE

Founding Donor

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Platinum Donors ($100,000+)

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The Shlomo Fund

Silver Donors ($50,000+)

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Bronze Donors ($25,000+)

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Neighbors ($10,000+)

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Friends ($1,000+)

ABCD

Boston Private

Brumme Family Foundation

Commonwealth Corporation

Glynn Lloyd / City Fresh Foods

HBS Entertainment and Media Club

The Hidden Garden Fund

Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC)

John Croes

John Jenkins

Justin Kang

Lee Pelton Racial Justice Award

LISC Boston

Mass Development

Needham Bank

NESN

NixonPeabody LLP

The Sternfeld Family Charitable Fund

UHM Properties

We want to give a special thank you to the 100+ individual donors who contributed to the Greenwood Challenge this year!

© 2020 Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc.

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