SeneGence recently made donations to organizations supporting equality for all and announced the recipients of its scholarship awards.
CEO & Founder Joni Rogers-Kante and the Make Sense Foundation announced charitable contributions of $75,000 to support three organizations to support the movement focused on making progress to eliminate systemic racial discrimination and toward true equality and inclusion for all people.
BLACK FEM/New York ($25K) – A nonprofit organization that focuses on girls of color in underserved communities.
BLACK GIRLS CODE/San Francisco ($25K) – Provides support and skills to African-American youth to secure computing jobs.
DRESS FOR SUCCESS/Oklahoma City ($25K) – Empowers women through support, professional attire and development tools to help them thrive in work and in life.
According to the company, during its 21 year history of empowering women, SeneGence has worked to make strides to support women of all races, colors, ethnicities and backgrounds. The Make Sense Foundation offers $10,000 scholarship award opportunities for outstanding female youth who are college-bound.
“Supporting the educational goals of deserving young women allows us to continue to give back to our communities and support future success,” said Rogers-Kante.
2020 Scholarship recipient Lawren Caldwell is from Adams Run, South Carolina, and graduated from high school as valedictorian and has already earned two associates degrees. Lawren plans to major in Environmental Studies at North Carolina AT&T State University and plans to create a mentoring program that promotes excellence and self-love for women in male-dominated career fields.
2020 Scholarship recipient Maryam Dar is from Cambridge, Massachusetts, and plans to study education and sociology at Williams College to become an education policymaker and advocate for educational reforms. Maryam is committed to racial justice and believes that all students, regardless of income or background, deserve the opportunity to learn.
A partial list of other activities by the Make Sense Foundation in 2020 includes:
- Orange County Ronald McDonald House: donation to help increase the number of families who can stay near their sick children
- North Texas Rehab Hospital, Wichita Falls, TX: provided cosmetics bags filled with hand sanitizer and other essentials to front-line workers at a not-for-profit hospital caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Muscogee Creek Nation (OK): donation of overnight bags, portfolios and zippered cases for emergencies, training and gifting of personal hygiene items
- Laura’s House, Ladera Ranch, CA: Funding for domestic violence programs
- Oklahoma Project Woman, Tulsa, OK: funds for programs to promote breast health for uninsured women, from exams and diagnostics through treatment and recovery
- Project Concern International: funding for well-baby clinic and immunizations for children in Tijuana, Mexico. This first-ever project in Mexico was originally scheduled for May, but has been postponed until we’re post-COVID-19; SeneGence distributors in Tijuana will volunteer at the Clinic
- Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa: Helped accelerate expansion into Sapulpa to provide meals for seniors isolated during the COVID-19 pandemic; approximately 75% of the clients are women