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Ebony Perkins, Manager, Community & Investor Relations, Self-Help Credit Union

Ebony Perkins, a dedicated, solution-oriented social entrepreneur whose heartbeat is community. She has a demonstrated ability of working with investors and donors and helping them make smart and strategic decisions. As the Investor & Community Relations Manager at Self-Help Credit Union, Ebony helps groups and individuals invest funds in a mission-aligned institution that supports communities of all kinds, especially those underserved by conventional lenders. Before that role, she served as the Donor Relations Manager at Central Carolina Community Foundation where she managed a system to engage and educate over 400 individuals and groups to help them achieve their charitable goals. Ebony’s commitment to investing in the community is evident by her service and contributions to Women In Philanthropy, Durham Center for Senior Life, University of North Carolina MPA Alumni Board, Association of Black Foundation Executives, Friends of African American Arts & Culture, and Columbia College as a mentor.

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Plan for Tomorrow by Supporting Vulnerable Communities Today

Recycle? Check! Reduce energy use? Check! Skip the straw? Check! Divest from fossil fuel companies? Check! Support vulnerable communities currently bearing the brunt of the environmental damage? *Crickets* Temperatures are increasing, ice sheets are melting, and sea levels are rapidly rising. Scientists have been sounding the alarm for decades. With youth-led climate strikes gaining attention in 2019, a broader group of Americans are acknowledging how our actions have affected the home future generations will inherit. We are in crisis mode and need to protect our tomorrow. But in our efforts to protect tomorrow, we need to make sure to support the people and communities affected today.
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