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Black History Month Spotlight: Yolanda Webb

Friday, February 7, 2020   (0 Comments)
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February marks Black History Month, a nationwide celebration for achievements led by African-Americans. This is a time for us to not only honor individuals who have made history, but to recognize those creating history here in the philanthropic fundraising community. AFP Houston will be spotlighting history-makers in the making, and we invite you to pay tribute with us.

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Yolanda Webb

Strategic Gifts Officer
Houston Food Bank

 

 

What is your vision for Black philanthropy?

I believe everyone has a special gift and sharing that gift can positively impact change in our communities. Black Philanthropy is a strong and important contributor to many of our missions. My vision for myself, Black development professionals and philanthropists is to engage and support the next generation. Together we can inspire, inform, and uplift the future Black fundraisers and philanthropists who will continue to find solutions to problems and invest in the community.

 

 What was your first encounter or most memorable experience of Black philanthropy within your family or community?From a young age I was taught to give back to the church. Giving back was always important to my grandmother. She taught me that we were blessed, so we had to be a blessing to others. I observed my family and neighbors give their time and resources to help church families and community members overcome difficult hardships and improve their circumstances.

 

Tell us about a fundraising accomplishment that you’re most proud of.

I’m very proud to be a member of Houston Food Bank’s Development team in the days that followed Hurricane Harvey. Harvey was a time of great hardships for so many families and for the city of Houston. Our team stepped up and worked around the clock to connect with donors from all 50 states and countries all around the world. Together we raised over 32 million dollars for families in need during this time.

 

How long have you been an AFP member?

7 years

 

Why are you an AFP member?

To invest in my career development. Also, to network and learn from others in fundraising.

 

How long have you been working in fundraising?

Over 7 years

 

What keeps you motivated at your organization?

Our mission – food for better lives. We provide nutritious meals to thousands of individuals and families through our innovative programs and services.

 

If you could describe your job in one to two sentences, what would you say?

My job is inspiring generous individual and corporate donors to make a meaningful change in the lives of kids and families through the gift of food.

 

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Want to share your own story? Use the hashtag #WeAreAFP! For questions contact: Berenice Espinoza, BEspinoza@centerhearingandspeech.org.


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