“After a rigorous search process, the Astraea staff and board is delighted to welcome Beverly as our Director of Development,” Katherine Acey, Executive Director said, ”A seasoned fundraiser, Beverly’s skill, vision and commitment will prove invaluable in continuing to build Astraea’s capacity even during these difficult financial times.”
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice is the world’s only foundation solely dedicated to supporting LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) organizations globally. Last year, Astraea issued more than $2.2 million in grants to organizations in 120 cities and 47 countries around the world working for empowerment and human rights.
“I know what it is to be marginalized. It is unacceptable,” said Blake, ”I am committed to empowering myself and others to work for personal freedom and human dignity. Astraea provides a way to do that and have a broad impact in the struggle for social justice and equality.”
Blake has eight years experience creating and implementing development campaigns for organizations dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of marginalized groups including those living with HIV/AIDS, LGBTI and homeless people. These organizations include Harlem United Community AIDS Center and the Doe Fund. Blake is also a former corporate executive who applies her expertise to the increasingly intricate demands of non-profit management. She holds a BS in Engineering Chemistry from the State University of New York at Stony Brook as well as a Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa, College of Law.
The Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice works for social, racial, and economic justice in the U.S. and internationally. Our grantmaking and philanthropic advocacy programs help lesbians and allied communities challenge oppression and claim their human rights.
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