A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats – “Black Panther” and Philanthropy

The success of the beautiful new film, Black Panther, has many storylines.

For one, it’s the most successful opening weekend for a movie directed by an African-American. It’s also the first superhero movie to feature a predominantly African-American cast.

It’s also both visually and narratively a beautiful multifaceted film. While it may be part of the Marvel Universe and at its most basic level, a “Superhero Movie”, thanks to its detailed storyline and complex characters, it’s certainly much more than that. It might seem bizarre to write a Global Grandmothers blog about a movie such as this but there is a nexus between the storyline and the Global Grandmothers’ mission.

One of the most intriguing plot points is the internal struggle the fictional nation of Wakanda (the Black Panther’s native country) faces on its position on foreign aid. Unbeknownst to the rest of the world, Wakanda is a very wealthy and technologically advanced nation due to its access to massive amounts of Vibranium (a fictional valuable natural resource). Over centuries, the Wakandans have maintained their luxurious way of life by avoiding any international entanglements.

T’Challa, AKA the Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman

Despite their national prosperity, there’s pressure bubbling up within Wakanda to support humanitarian causes around the world. But naturally, many oppose this reform, as it will lead to the secret of their riches to be revealed to the rest of the world, and, in turn, potentially affect their way of life.

Much of the movie revolves around the debate on this issue and the difficult decision that T’Challa (the King of Wakanda and the Black Panther) faces. What responsibility do fortunate citizens of one nation have to support those in another? Particularly, when those in other nations may be suffering humanitarian crises, conflict, and/or war.

Writer and Director Ryan Coogler wonderfully navigates the nuances of this prescient issue. This plotline can be seen as a commentary on global politics on one hand, but also appears to address the proper role of philanthropy among wealthier nations.

‘Black Panther’ Writer and Director, Ryan Coogler

We here at Global Grandmothers do our best to recognize how fortunate many of us are, and with this awareness, comes a responsibility to work with others around the world who are in need. This sentiment is why we support organizations like Save the Children, who work to ensure children all around the globe have a healthy start in life. Or Partners in Health, who are committed to providing healthcare to poor and marginalized communities around the globe.

Check out all the organizations we support here

The international community is only strengthened when the less fortunate around the globe are supported by those who can.  

While the phrase ‘A rising tide lifts all boats’ has often referred to domestic policies, it’s also an apt term for international development. As the world’s tide is lifted, so too are all the world’s boats.  It’s fantastic to see this powerful message showcased in a movie that so many young adults and families are bound to see.

Ring in the New Year with Increased Awareness – Human Trafficking


January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month.  An issue that is often underreported, human trafficking is a major global crisis. Organizations like the Polaris Project bring much-needed awareness to the magnitude of the problem. Most succinctly defined as true modern-day slavery, human trafficking robs human beings of their freedom and is present around the globe including the United States.

Over time, through research and observation, the Polaris Project has honed a 3 part model to disrupt trafficking:

  1. Respond to victims of human trafficking effectively and immediately.
  2. Equip key stakeholders and communities to address and prevent human trafficking.
  3. Disrupt the business of human trafficking through targeted campaigns.

In addition, they have launched programs ranging from National Hotlines which connect survivors with critical support, to Data Analysis models which ensure strategies are backed by quantifiable data and to understand the scope and size of the global problem.

The Polaris Project is approaching this issue with integrity, strategy, and grit. We are honored to support their mission.

To learn more about their work. visit the Polaris Project site.

 

 

5 Figures to Illustrate the Scope of the Issue:

 

  1.  20.9 Million

As of 2016, the International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are 20.9 million victims of human trafficking around the globe.  

  1. 26 and 55

Of the 20.9 million human trafficking victims, the ILO estimates that 26% are children and 55% are women and girls.  Global Grandmothers is passionate about the work the Polaris Project does, because children are too often the victims.

  1.  150 Billion

The ILO estimates that human trafficking is a $150 billion industry worldwide. The sheer magnitude and amount of money generated from trafficking makes it a very complex issue to tackle. The money is very much on the side of the perpetrators and not the resistance.

  1.  1 in 6

In 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimated that 1 in 6 endangered runaway children were likely child sex trafficking victims.

  1.  600,000

According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.  Because human trafficking spans the entire globe, crossing borders, sovereign governments have difficulty limiting its scope.

 

Global Grandmothers is grateful to the Polaris Project for their ongoing work in addressing human trafficking and gladly include their organization as one of our recommended nonprofits.

#GivingTuesday is 11/28 – Double Your Impact!

#GivingTuesday is November 28th this year.  Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have generously offered to match up to $2 million of funds raised for US nonprofits through Facebook’s charitable giving tools. Donations will be matched up to $50,000 per nonprofit, with a max of $1,000 per donation, until the $2 million in matching funds run out.  Donate here by clicking on the blue ‘Donate’ button on our page.

Is the matching campaign time sensitive?

Somewhat! The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match up to $2 million across all of Facebook.  So, once this number is hit, the matching campaign will conclude. The campaign starts at 5 AM PST, 8 AM EST, 11/28 – so don’t sleep in too late!

What does this mean for you and Global Grandmothers?

If you donate $10, Global Grandmothers will receive $20.
If you donate $50, Global Grandmothers will receive $100…and so on.

How will my donation be used?

Global Grandmothers will allocate 100% of the donations it receives on #GivingTuesday to our recommended nonprofits.  All donations will be evenly divided among the 9 nonprofits we recommend, all who’ve passed our rigorous vetting process.

Are there any fees for the donation?

Nope! Facebook is generously covering all fees for donations on #GivingTuesday. Every dollar you give will be doubled and go directly to Global Grandmothers.



How do I donate through Facebook’s charitable giving tools?

It’s easy! Just head to our Facebook page and click the blue ‘Donate’ button on the top right of the page. Simply follow the prompt to complete the transaction and you’re done!

 

Happy Giving!