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Ali's Fundraiser to Provide Therapy for Black Women and Girls

by Ali Appleton

Supporting: Therapy Fund for Black Women and Girls for The Loveland Foundation Inc.

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Mental health services are continuously underfunded & stigmatized, especially when it comes to resources, care, & advocacy for black women, girls, and transgender individuals. The trauma our country is facing right now not only with our current pandemic, but with violent racism and police brutality against black individuals has hit black communities harder than any other group of people. This is not something new for black folx/BIPOC, so it is how we all choose to change the path for our communities is what matters the most right now and for future generations. We need to talk about how this trauma, abuse, and violence time and time again impacts black communities specifically, and to offer safe spaces to go to in order to process, heal, and be heard. 


Please keep listening, learning, and advocating for funding of services and VOTE for mental health! I care about and identify with this type of work deeply. As a white woman, and as a mental health professional, I pledge to do better, to speak up, listen more, and understand how to better use my privilege to amplify, support, and fight for melanated voices now and continuously.

This is only one of the many ways we can help fight for mental health, we must also advocate, donate, and fight for marginalized BIPOC LGBTQA+ communities, and for mental health services for black men as well. Please reach out to me to have discussions around this so we can continue to grow and learn together, and please share your own stories with me.

If you can, please help me fundraise to provide therapy services for black women and girls. I acknowledge that financial times are tough right now so if you can't, please consider sharing. And if anything, continue to keep this conversation going! It is so important to have those tough and uncomfortable conversations about systemic racism and its impacts on the health and overall well being of our society, and in our communities. We need to do better.

Thank you @thelovelandfoundation

Thank you so much for your interest in supporting the Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund. Whether you have already donated or you are just learning about the project, we are grateful to have you on board.


 With therapy sessions in the U.S. typically costing anywhere from $60 - $250-- even with insurance, the prevalent and ingrained stigma surrounding mental health in many communities, and the fact that the vast majority of therapists in this country are white, it is often difficult for Black women and girls to access therapy when they need it. We wanted to change that. 


In our pilot program, we raised over $250,000 with the support of our generous community and provided financial assistance to hundreds of Black women and girls to go to therapy. We did this through collaborative partnerships with  Therapy for Black Girls, Open Path Collective, National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network, and Talkspace, networks and service providers that are all committed to making therapy more affordable and accessible. 


No matter how much you are able to give, we are excited to work together with our community again to bring therapy support directly to Black women and girls who need it. Please donate now to tangibly tell these women and girls, “We see you, we hear you, and we are invested in your healing.”Generations will benefit from their healing.


How you can give:


  • Champion the Cause!  Become an advocate and help fundraise for Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund via your social platforms. Set your own fundraising goal and utilize your network of friends and family to help fundraise for Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund. 
  • Be a small business or corporate match - Email sharlene@thelovelandfoundation.org if you are interested.
  • Donate to our campaign! We are raising funds for our therapy for Black women and girls program, which includes providing 4-8 free therapy sessions.
  • Start a Giving Circle: Pool your resources together and make a commitment with 6 of your friends to donate and support Black women and girls who deserve access to healing. If each of your friends contribute $20, it will cover 1 therapy session.


We look forward to keeping you informed as we continue to build out this program.
For more information about Loveland Foundation Therapy Fund visit https://www.thelovelandfoundation.org.


How would you like to support?