“How are we leveraging resources for justice, peace, and equality for our community?” It’s that very question that drove Vena M. Ford to attend MRG Foundation’s Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy, Reframed and Exhibited, Pop-Up or GBTSOP event in August.

Vena, a donor, activist, and fundraising professional was grounded in philanthropy and activism atvena-ford_backpage a young age. “My father and mother’s engagement in the black social movement in the Bay 4 MRG FOUNDATION Fall 2016 Area of California led me to start the Black Student Union in high school and strengthened my love for social justice.” This passion continues to drive Vena’s career of addressing housing and healthcare issues.

“My grandmother, who had a farm, gave people in need meat, eggs, and veggies from the farm. Today, some of us might not have a farm, but we have money that can be used for change.”

Vena will further explore the transformative act of giving as part of MRG’s Justice Within Reach 2017 Planning Committee. She understands MRG’s success is dependent on financial support and the sharing of skills and passion through further engagement. MRG will be hosting the larger, interactive display Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy, Reframed and Exhibited beginning in January 2017. For more information please visit our website at mrgfoundation.org.

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