March 25, 2024

Black Woman-Led Doula Organization And Platform Gets $2M Donation

Birthing Beautiful

MacKenzie Scott’s Yield Giving initiative has granted a $2 million donation to Birthing Beautiful Communities (BBC), a Black women-led doula organization and platform in Northeast Ohio. 

This financial boost will empower BBC in its vital mission to enhance maternal and infant health outcomes for Black mothers and families.

The Yield Giving Initiative

The Yield Giving Open Call, an initiative of MacKenzie Scott’s philanthropic efforts, was launched in March 2023 to back community-led, community-focused organizations. 

With over 6,000 applicants, the initial plan to award $1 million each to 250 organizations was significantly expanded, culminating in a $640 million donation split among 361 non-profits. 

BBC emerged as one of the largest awardees as it addresses disparities in maternal health.

Birthing Beautiful Communities

Established about a decade ago by Jazmina Long, BBC has dedicated itself to supporting over 700 new and expectant Black mothers and their families yearly.

The platform offers an online classroom service, perinatal support doula services, and childbirth and parenting workshops, all of which are free of charge. 

BBC also offers Uber services, where clients can request Uber to attend their in-person child birthing series classes and workshops. Uber can also be used for doctor appointments that insurance transportation can’t accommodate.

“We’re so excited to share that we’ve received a $2 million gift from the Yield Giving Open Call,” BBC shared on LinkedIn.

“The Yield Giving Open Call focused on elevating organizations working with people and in places experiencing the greatest need in the United States – and our organization does just that through supporting our mothers, babies, and families in Northeast Ohio in the fight for maternal and infant health!”

This donation will allow BBC to extend its reach and services, such as establishing a new birth center in the fall of 2024. 

Sara Keenan

Tech Reporter at POCIT. Following her master's degree in journalism, Sara cultivated a deep passion for writing and driving positive change for Black and Brown individuals across all areas of life. This passion expanded to include the experiences of Black and Brown people in tech thanks to her internship experience as an editorial assistant at a tech startup.