I am Bonnie Newman Davis, a veteran journalist and journalism educator who recently established The BND Institute of Media and Culture (BNDIMC). The Institute will deliver education, outreach and training programs to diverse audiences. The organization is based in Richmond, Va., where I have lived and worked since 1981.
As a result of my initiative, I am raising funds through Gofundme to establish a 501 C nonprofit arm for BNDIMC. Gaining a 501 C status will enable me to compete for foundation grants and sponsorships that will allow BNDIMC to offer quality programs at minimal costs to underserved communities.
The funds also will be used to offset expenses for an inaugural program, African-American Authors and Writers, which took place Nov. 12, 2016 in Richmond, Va. During the program, several Virginia-based journalists and authors provided advice to members of the public who want to tell their stories through the creative process of writing and/or publishing books. The BNDIMC’s next program is scheduled for February 2017.
The program also will support The Book Bros., an organization founded by three young African American boys who collect and distribute books to encourage reading among other youngsters.
I am passionate about journalism, writing, teaching and giving back to communities in need. With your help, we can make this effort become a reality. Any amount – $3, $5, $10, $15, $20 or more — will be greatly appreciated!!