Overcoming doubts and finding value-aligned funders
The Pivot Fund Pod · 54 minutes ·

Overcoming doubts and finding value-aligned funders

BIPOC news leaders have a hard time overcoming racial bias to find funding and support.

Black women are starting businesses at the fastest clip of any other racial group. Many of these startups don’t reach their full potential — or fail — in part because they can't raise the capital to start or sustain their businesses.

In that spirit, The Pivot Fund held an intimate conversation between Amethyst J. Davis, the founder and publisher of the Harvey World Herald, and Wendi C. Thomas, the founder and publisher of MLK50: Justice Through Journalism, a nonprofit based in Memphis, Tennessee. Though at different points in their journeys, Davis and Thomas discuss their difficulties and challenges as startup newsroom leaders.

Panelists included:


  • Amethyst J. Davis, The Harvey World Herald
  • Wendi C. Thomas, MLK50: Justice Through Journalism


About The Pivot Fund

The Pivot Fund is a new venture philanthropy organization dedicated to investing $500 million into independent BIPOC-led community news outlets through grantmaking, development support, and strategic consulting. For more information on The Pivot Fund, visit www.thepivotfund.org

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