HarperCollins Elevate network donates £10k to charities

HarperCollins Elevate network donates £10k to charities

HarperCollins' Elevate network for Black, Asian and minority ethnic staff has donated £10,000 to three charities focused on helping under-represented communities throughout the UK. 

Black Minds Matter, a charity which connects Black individuals and families with free mental health services provided by professional Black therapists to support their mental health, receives a £2,000 donation. 

Founder Agnes Mwakatuma said: ‘’We are incredibly delighted to have received this generous donation from the kind people over at HarperCollins UK. The donation will help us to provide free therapy sessions to those currently on the waiting list to receive therapy with BMMUK, therefore helping our community access the support they need."

A further £4,000 goes to Grand Plan, a charity offering grants for people of colour based in the UK who want to make a new creative project in artforms such as poetry, paintings, fashion, zines and music. The charity’s founders said: ‘’With Grand Plan we’re trying to do something nimble and useful. This donation from Elevate is a huge boost. It means we're going to be able to support more people of colour to take creative risks and realise new cultural projects.’’

The third grant of £4,000 goes to Imkaan, the only UK-based, umbrella women's organisation dedicated to addressing violence against Black and minoritised women and girls. Baljit Banga, executive director said: “We are very thankful for the donation by HarperCollins to Imkaan. The donation will support our core work to address violence against women and girls by elevating the voices and representations of Black minoritised women’s organisations who do this work on the frontline.”

The money has come from a fund allocated to the network by HarperCollins to support groups and charities as part of its overall commitment to support diversity in publishing. The three charities were chosen by members of the network.

Ammara Isa, founder and co-chair of Elevate, said: “We are thrilled to donate to three very deserving charities whose values align so closely with Elevate’s from our social responsibility fund. These three charities stood out for us in what they represent and aim to achieve in benefiting the lives of people of colour. We’re enormously grateful to HarperCollins for giving us this fund and are excited to see what the charities do going forward.”