About Giving Us Our Flowers - Therapy Assistance Program

Black Girls Smile Inc. was founded with a mission to provide young black women with education, resources, and support to lead mentally healthy lives. BGS' mission is grounded in research, focus group findings, and personal experiences highlighting the under-served and underrepresented mental health needs of young black women. BGS envisions a society that through the normalization and dialogue surrounding mental wellness, all individuals, including young African American females are provided education, support, and resources necessary to lead mentally healthy lives.

“Giving Us Our Flowers” is a giving circle that allows supporters to donate to support the Charlyne McFarland Therapy Assistance Program.  This program aims to alleviate the financial burden of seeking therapy for young Black women and girls by:
  • Providing financial support for approximately 2-6 months of therapy sessions 
  • A licensed mental health professional (Approx. $120 per session)
  • A provider from our vetted list, or through one of our provider partner networks such as Open Path Collective or BetterHelp

Did you know? We have 2,157 women waiting for support through our Therapy Assistance Program?

You can help give the gift of support today!

What is  the "Giving Us Our Flowers" giving circle?

 "Giving Us Our Flowers" is a community of donors committed to providing dialogue, education, and collaboration to support the BGS mission all year long through monthly giving. We meet quarterly via Zoom to discuss current mental health topics, hear from BGS leadership and think of ways to further the mission. 

Why should I give monthly? Can I just give a one time gift?

We love our quarterly & annual donations! Those help us propel the mission forward! Monthly giving is a simple, but effective way to increase your overall impact through a planned, recurring donation. Much like any expense, you can easily set up a monthly donation here through our secure donation page. Your monthly donation - combined with the generosity of many donors just like you - gives us one more way to responsibly budget and plan our programs around more predictable revenue.

Our monthly giving levels give you and the community the chance to support in a variety of ways.

  • $20 ($240 annually) Help a Black Girl get started with her first therapy session! Thanks for planting seeds of change that will bloom into hope!
  • $50 ($600 annually) Your gift increases our ability to reach participants with 6 months of mental health services. Two words: Endless gratitude. Your generous gift will help others to bloom and flourish.
  • $100 ($1,200 annually) Covering the cost of one year of therapy sessions / Give 12 girls the ability to connect with mental health support. You will brighten the lives of those in need, just like the vibrant sunflower.
I'm already a donor, what's different here? We can engage our giving circle in a few different ways:
  • A Quarterly Zoom call to connect and talk about BGS + Mental Health and Wellness *This is a great place to learn about updates about how many folks have engaged in the program, what we need next  & engage your own community based on certain seasons/needs
  • Email blast focusing on upcoming events
  • Annual engagement for you to connect with each other

How do I join?

It's easy! Simply make your first donation here!  Feel free to leave a comment about your impact or how you've connected to Black Girls Smile. We will email you our quarterly meeting invitation and welcome you to share with folks who may be interested!

Thank you for supporting Black Girls Smile!