What Do We Have to Be Thankful For?

From The Desk of President Barbara A. Perkins

It is Fall, a season of thanksgiving. One might ask, with the endless traumatic turn of events since March of 2020, for what do we have to be thankful? I would answer, the list of things to be thankful for is also endless. We have survived and navigated the disruptive and deadly grip of Covid-19 for 21 months. The fact is many of us are thriving despite the chaos and stress exacerbated by Covid-19.

As an organization led by a distinguished Board of volunteers, we are experiencing extraordinary growth. Our efforts to promote Acts of Kindness as a fundamental requirement of good public policy have caught the attention of people worldwide, including you. For this we give thanks!

In 2021, through our Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy, we trained seventeen women to be global leaders and expanded their views on how important their voices are in making a positive impact on the world. The leadership bench is deeper now, because of our dedication to the next generation.

In 2021, we witnessed double digits, thirteen healthy babies born in the Cordelia Sutherland Birthing Center in Kumasi, Ghana, because of our support and adoption of the only clinic in a community where the infant and maternal mortality rates are extremely high.

In 2021, IBWPPI completed a full year of aid and support to families wiped out by hurricane Dorian on the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. We maintained direct contact with fifty families and provided much-needed financial support and other support for one year following the devastation the hurricane left behind.

In 2021, although extremely difficult, we continued our 10-year commitment and advocacy work to help women and families in Haiti. We have witnessed the increasing difficulty that Haitians are facing, and we have not given up.

Certainly, you will agree with me, that there are endless reasons to be thankful. A final big reason the women of IBWPPI are thankful is the fact that you continue to believe in the work that we are doing. You continue to support us through your membership, gifts, and other expressed acts of kindness towards us.

Continue to thrive, continue to be safe, and continue to pull together!

In Peace and with Thanksgiving,

Barbara A. Perkins

Dorothy I. Height Global Leadership Academy Scholarships Available!


Join the Movement – Be A Part of a First – The Black Women’s Embassy Project

In September of this year, President Barbara A. Perkins announced the launch of the campaign to open the first Black Women’s Embassy worldwide. She described the Embassy as a magnificent building designed with unique and creative imagery that is unmistakably representative of Black Women globally. She stated that the BlackWomen’s Embassy will be the official headquarters where diplomatic representatives led by an Ambassador and experts from around the world, will offer a full range of services, training, opportunities, cultural events, historical presentations, artistic engagements, business and entrepreneurial workspaces, international residencies, state of the art technology and it will be a sacred space for Black Women to feel at home and free.

The Black Women’s Embassy will honor our ancestors, who carried, nurtured, and prayed over so many dreams deferred. This symbol of beauty will connect our rich past with our hopeful future. It will be a place where all Black Women, regardless of age, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, preferred language can see themselves, feel welcomed, and have a seat at the table.

Last month forty women gathered by zoom to be briefed on the plans for phase 1 of the Embassy Project and to share their stories about why this movement is so exciting and important to us. We were all invited to become Seed Growers, by contributing $1,000, each. The goal was to raise $100,000 by the end of this year.

I am over the moon about what happened on that zoom call. We raised $36,000.00 in the last 20 minutes of the call, and an additional $5,000 by the end of October. This means that with LaTosha Brown’s pledge to match what we raised, we will realize $82,000. We have already raised $16,000. Therefore, we are now only $2,000 away from our first big goal. We hope to surpass the goal of $100,000 by the end of the year.

It is my hope that you will join the movement. To donate and become a Seed Grower. (see the options below):
1. Mail a check payable to International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute or (IBWPPI). 1629 K Street Suite # 300 Washington, D.C. 20006

2. Donate through our Website www.ibwppi.org Click the Donate Button and enter the amount of your contribution.

3. Zelle or Bank Transfer to Bank of America, Account #334067840397 and Routing #061000052 (International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute)

Support Haiti: Donate Now!

“You are what you give.” -African Proverb

A huge thank you to everyone who has given so far! Your giving will make a lasting impact. While out of the headlines, the needs of the communities in the south of Haiti post-earthquake are still enormous. Although over two months have passed, hundreds of families still need our help. IBWPPI has chosen to use the opportunity of Giving Tuesday, November 30th, to continue raising the funds needed to help 100 families. 

IBWPPI activated its Boots on the Ground (BOTG) Initiative to provide response bags and financial support for survivors of natural disasters in the US and abroad and ongoing financial support to organizations that produce programming for women and girls. Help us meet our goal!


Raise $50,0000 to provide emergency response bags with supplies for families, financial support for survivors of the Aug 14th earthquake, and establish a resource call center that is staffed with language speakers who can direct families and individuals to help and other resources. How will the funds collected be used?

Your donation will be used for:

purchasing the bags, rain boots, socks, disposable dust masks, tarp, gloves, feminine hygiene items, rain ponchos, a communication device (phone or radio), water, nonperishable food items, first aid kits, emergency whistles, blankets, light sticks, paper goods, hand sanitizer, and monetary gift cards.

No gift given from the heart is too small to have an impact.

IBWPPI has a proven record of providing humanitarian and people-to-people support—not only to women and families in other countries but also right here in the U.S.

Thank you, in advance, for helping us to help the Haitian people.

For more information about the work of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute, please visit our website at www.ibwppi.org


Global Engagement Corner: Ghana

October and November have been months with historic moments to mark for IBWPPI. As we move forward with building the movement to open the first Black Women’s Embassy in the world in Washington, D.C., we have set an intention to foster strong relationships in at least forty countries around the world. In October, President Perkins was invited to attend the official opening of Swahili Village, a cultural destination in the nation’s capital as the guest of Her Excellency, Hilda Suka Mafudze, Ambassador of the African Union Mission to the United States. She was seated with and shared a full and engaging evening with Her Excellency, Margareth Mensha-Williams, Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia, in the United States, and Ms. Yoliswa Mvebe, Deputy Chief of Mission, South Africa.

On November 5, 2021, IBWPPI was a sponsor for the Welcome Reception hosted by Sisters Cities, at the Embassy of the Republic of Ghana in Washington, D.C., in honor of the 20th Ambassador Her Excellency, Alima Mahama, with each of these especially important celebrations, President Perkins is building upon and strengthening relationships that will be mutually beneficial in supporting the advancement of women at home in the US and abroad.

President Barbara Perkins with Her Excellency, Margareth Mensha-Williams
President Perkins with Her Excellency, Alima Mahama








Giving Tuesday 2021

Giving Tuesday | graphic

Giving Tuesday is a global day of generosity where non-profits organizations seek to encourage supporters to give just before the end of the year. For GIVING TUESDAY 2021 IBWPPI is focused on raising $50,0000 to provide emergency response bags with supplies for families, financial support for survivors of the Aug 14th earthquake, and establishing a resource call center that is staffed with language speakers who can direct families and individuals to help and other resources. For more information and to donate click here Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Membership Spotlight: Jan Perry


Jan Perry | IBWPPI

IBWPPI would like to recognize the commitment of long-term member Jan Perry. A former three-term Los Angeles City Council member and devoted civic leader, Perry has recently been named Executive Director of Shelter Partnership, Inc. We wish her well on her current and future endeavors and we thank her for her dedication to our cause.

Have You Updated Your Membership?


As we continue to adjust to the new normal, we want IBWPPI to be a home for Black women who want to connect, heal and support one another. C onsider gifting yourself with a free membership and joining a network of global Black women. Become a member today by filling out the membership form here .

Why Join IBWPPI?

IBWPPI started 10 years ago in the spirit of global unity and sisterhood. Our mission is to connect and advocate for Black women globally through acts of kindness and public policy. We thank our members and ask that you continue your support of IBWPPI and ask others to join us.


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