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Carmen Schmidt Benedetti

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

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I wanted to use my birthday this year to support racial justice and anti-racism. I have thought for a while about what cause to support, as there are so many wonderful organizations doing great work. As a therapist, especially a trauma therapist, I understand the importance of mental health, especially those who have directly experienced the impact of trauma from racial injustice. So I decided to encourage donations to The Loveland Foundation. I've chosen this nonprofit because their mission means a lot to me, and I hope you'll consider contributing as a way to celebrate with me. Every little bit will help me reach my goal. I've included information about The Loveland Foundation below.

The Loveland Foundation is committed to showing up for communities of color in unique and powerful ways, with a particular focus on Black women and girls. Our resources and initiatives are collaborative and they prioritize opportunity, access, validation, and healing. We are becoming the ones we’ve been waiting for.

More info from the Loveland Foundation about the cause:

Barriers affecting access to treatment by members of diverse ethnic/racial groups may include:

● Lack of insurance, underinsurance

● Mental illness stigma, often greater among minority populations

● Lack of diversity among mental health care providers

● Lack of culturally competent providers

● Distrust in the health care system

● Inadequate support for mental health service in safety net settings (uninsured, Medicaid, Health

Insurance Coverage other vulnerable patients)

● Historical adversity, which includes slavery, sharecropping and race-based exclusion from health,

educational, social and economic resources, translates into socioeconomic disparities experienced by African Americans today. Socioeconomic status, in turn, is linked to mental health: People who are

impoverished, homeless, incarcerated or have substance abuse problems are at higher risk for poor

mental health.



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?