Think back over the course of your life. Can you recall a funded program, camp, or free after school activity that positively impacted the trajectory of your life?
Maybe it was an off-season football camp that kept you productively occupied during the summer. Perhaps it was an engineering camp that introduced you to your passion. Or, maybe it was a sponsored trip that exposed you to a different world and environment than the one you grew up in.
Whatever the case, most of us can attribute our success to the good will and service of a silent benefactor somewhere along the way.That’s the power of philanthropy.
From investments and donations, to philanthropic projects, charitable acts of service have the power to ease the burden and mitigate challenges faced by communities and individuals alike.
Check out these brothers who are changing lives, making a difference, and building legacy through philanthropy.
1.Lebron James, I Promise School
Despite being told to “shut up and dribble,” by political journalist Laura Ingraham earlier this year after criticizing the President, Lebron James continues to exceed his social and political awareness by uplifting his community adding another layer of legacy to who he is as a basketball player and philanthropist.
On August 3, he announced the grand opening of the I Promise School, the public elementary school located in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. In partnership with the Lebron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, this state of the art school will provide at-risk children the opportunity to thrive.
The school will focus on accelerated curriculums to bring lagging students up to speed; provide mental health services; provide bicycles giving them the freedom to escape and explore the world beyond their neighborhood. The school also believes in well rounded support by implementing GED services and job placements helping parents make ends meet. On top of that, partnering with University of Akron, they will provide a 4- year scholarships to 1,100 kids
2. Derrick Rose, The Rose Scholars Program
After Lebron James announced the opening of his school in Arkon, Ohio, basketball star Derrick Rose followed suit in highlighting the importance of education. He launched The Rose Scholars college program as “a personal responsibility to help [students] be better, achieve more and dream bigger.”
I’m excited to share the launch of The Rose Scholars program, a scholarship program which seeks to give high school students the opportunity they need to make their dreams a reality.
— Derrick Rose (@drose) August 1, 2018
The program, with a strict September 30 deadline, will award one student $200,000 ($25k per semester) over the course of four years and two other students will be award $20,000 each.
3. 21 Savage, Issa Back to School Drive
Philanthropy and giving back isn’t just for athletes, Hip hop artists have done notable work within their community to uplift and provide extraordinary resources to black boys and girls. Through his 21 Savage Bank Account Campaign, 21 is teaching the community to see value beyond flashy jewelry through financial literacy training.
For the third annual Issa Back to School Drive, 21 Savage donated free school supplies for 2,500 students and provided hairstyles for girls and haircuts to young boys in his hometown of Atlanta.
Hundreds lined up to get school supplies donated by Atlanta’s own @21savage. You’ll hear from him + the parents who thanked him for what he’s doing to make sure kids are ready for school. More @ 11PM @wsbtv. pic.twitter.com/vKa34PS6m0
— Nefertiti Jáquez (@NefertitiWSB) August 6, 2018
4. YG, GirlCode LA
August 8 was #BlackWomenEqualPay day, and a great way to combat wage inequality is to ensure women, starting at a young age, have the necessary resources and experience to be successful as technology changes.
“Gender bias plays a role in the amount of exposure students receive in regards to technology and coding,” YG said in an interview with Billboard Magazine “This leads to influence future decisions within their field, creating smaller opportunities for diversity.
With my donation, I hope they’ll be able to expand their reach of future female coders and programmers. I want to make sure I’m doing my part, I got a daughter and I respect the G Code.”
To assist in lessening the gap and provide young girls the opportunity to learn computer science, business, and software engineering, YG donated $150,000 to GirlCode LA, a startup STEM company that is committed to teaching young girls coding.
5. Kevin Hart, Help From The Hart Charity:
Kevin Hart is not only helping students achieve their dreams of paying for their education, but he is also supporting HBCUs. The world renowned comedian and actors is awarding $600,000 in scholarships to 18 students attending historically black colleges and universities across 8 states. In collaboration with the United Negro College Fund, Kipp Public Schools, which matched his $300k contribution, and his own Help From The Hart Charity, Kevin is out here changing lives for the culture.
Yesterday I surprised 18 #HBCU with scholarships to complete their college degrees…. major thank you to my partners @UNCF @kippschools for helping me…. you guys stepped up to the table and matched my donation and we awarded 600,000….also thank u @jessecollinsent for helping us coordinate this event…..this is just the beginning people!!!! My “Help From The Hart Charity” is about to do a lot more!!!!! #LiveLoveLaugh …..I’m also proud of the 8 Kids from Philadelphia that received these scholarships ….STAND UP PHILLY!!!!!
Paying for higher education can derail a student’s college career and Kevin Hart is determined to do more.
“This is just the beginning,” he said. Trust me when I tell you there are a lot more kids who want to go to college who don’t have the money to make it happen.”
6. Steph Curry, Nia Wilson’s Family
Social justice for black women isn’t lost on Golden State Warrior player Steph Curry who helped fundraise money in memory of Nia Wilson, who was a victim of a knife attack at an Oakland BART station.
I'm happy to be able to livestream the All Star Game from the SC30 Select Camp, coached by myself and @sdotcurry, in honor of Nia Wilson. All donations will benefit Nia's family via the National Basketball Player's Association Foundation.https://t.co/z9c4sgWycW
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) August 8, 2018
Hosting a basketball showcase, which featured top high school players around the country, he encouraged viewers to make a donation benefiting the family of Nia, raising $21,000.
7. Ludacris, Random Acts of Kindness
Next to the word “Southern Hospitality,” should be an image of musical artist Ludacris, and not for obvious reasons related to his music.
He was ahead of me in line when the food for my 4 rescued dogs & 2 rescued cats (and elderly, blind chicken named Dixie Licklighter) ended up in with his stuff.
— Therra (@Therra) July 30, 2018
Twitter user Therra shared her encounter with Ludacris at Whole Foods during a trying time in her life. Although she was giving a gift card from a friend to help with her purchases, her blessings were increased just by standing in line with Ludacris. He paid $375 worth of groceries with ease.
While Luda is known in Atlanta for consistently supporting the community on a grander scale through The Ludacris Foundation, his random act of service made an enormous impact on a complete stranger.