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Announcing Our Inaugural Newsletter . . .

Sherita Herring-Oglesby PLS Newsletter

I'm excited to announce our inaugural newsletter, Philanthropic LifeStyle (PLSNews).

Why Philanthropic LifeStyle? The definition of Philanthropic is -- Someone that's generous or benevolent; a person or organization seeking to promote the welfare of others, including donating money to good causes. And of course, LifeStyle is the way in which a person or group lives.

One thing I've learned in my more than 30 years in the world of philanthropy is, when someone is truly passionate about making a difference, altruism becomes more of a lifestyle vs. feeling laborious.

With the nonprofit sector already being a trillion-dollar industry, ranking as the 3rd largest business sector in the United States, as you'll see in one of our featured articles – it reveals that philanthropy is continuously on the rise, with more and more people living a pay-it-forward existence.

For instance, in 2015 when designer Donna Karan stepped down from Donna Karan International to devote more time to her Urban Zen foundation, that was philanthropy. When the cast of the hit show Schitt's Creek, raised funds for food during the pandemic, that was philanthropy.

As nonprofit and charity becomes the new “Business Chic”, countless celebrities, athletes, and entertainers are focused on social change initiatives, including Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, Colin Kaepernick, Barbra Streisand, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Morgan Freeman, Herb Alpert, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Chris Hemsworth, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Mel Gibson, George Lucas, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Dan Whitney (Larry the Cable Guy), Elton John, Sandra Bullock, Richard Branson, Miley Cyrus, Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Taylor Swift, Jennifer Lawrence, James Patterson, Kylie Jenner, Jerry Seinfeld, J.K. Rowling, Jon Bon Jovi, Matthew McConaughey, Gisele Bundchen, Alec Baldwin, Eli Manning, Will and Jada Smith, Jackie Chan, David and Victoria Beckham, Carmelo Anthony, Jalen Rose, Paul McCartney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lance Armstrong, Victoria Principal and hundreds of others.

In addition to celebrities, thousands upon thousands of everyday folks demonstrate philanthropy, they just don’t know it! When anyone donates a few dollars to a local charity, that’s philanthropy.

Until recent years, if someone was a nonprofit, it seemed as if they'd almost whisper it, like they were ashamed to be a charitable organization. Today, in contrast, people are shouting it from the roof tops.

PLSNews will keep you abreast of what's going on in the world of philanthropy, as we highlight celebrities, community leaders and everyday people that are showing how they're truly living the Philanthropic LifeStyle!

So, buckle up and get ready, as we journey deeper into the lives of those that are impacting the world.

In unity,
Sherita Herring-Oglesby, Editor

Did You Know the Nonprofit Industry is the 3rd Largest Business Sector in the U.S.?

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Though most people think nonprofits operate from volunteers only [or should], that thinking comes from lack of understanding of the industry [Image: Johns Hopkins Nonprofit Economic Data Project].

In actuality, the nonprofit sector is a great contributor to the U.S. economy. According to Future of Philanthropy, nearly 12 million people work for various social good groups. By comparison, just over 12 million labor in manufacturing, and another 16 million work in the retail trade.

Even through COVID-19, a report from the John Hopkins Center for Civil Society Studies found that U.S. nonprofits maintained their position as the third largest employer in the U.S.

These are just some of the major conclusions emerging from the 2020 Nonprofit Employment Report. Drawing on the rich body of data generated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages, the Hopkins report sheds important new light on recent nonprofit employment dynamics.

Want to know more?
See the complete John Hopkins Civil Society Report Click Here.

Parisian Transatlantic Collaboration

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Collaboration is the key to reaching individuals that you otherwise may not influence. Through the power of our Parisian transatlantic collaboration with the Wells International Foundation (WIF), our international relationship is extending beyond borders and touching lives all over the world!

Launching in 2021, the Philanthropy Alliance Foundation is collaborating with WIF on two projects that are 1) impacting 80 U.S. Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Female Educators, through renowned speaker/author, Jack Canfield's Breakthrough to Success Online (BTSO) program; where we're also seeking Grant Peer Reviewers (see below), and 2) we're exposing youth to the vet industry through the Youth Veterinarian Initiative (YVI) - see both ventures below.

Offering Fellowships for 80 BIPOC U.S. Female Educators

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As part of the Breakthrough to Success on-line program (BTSO), the Wells International Foundation (WIF), in collaboration with renowned Motivator and Speaker, Jack Canfield, is launching a call for proposals to award personal development fellowships to 80 Black Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), K-12 female educators.

Through this $250K innovative collaboration, these teachers will be selected as Virtual Fellows for this exceptional opportunity (valued at $3000+/educator).

With BTSO having success with more than 5,000 participants over five years, this comprehensive program will help teachers:

1) Tap into Their True Power
2) Unlock Their Authentic Potential
3) Define Their Dreams
4) Identify and Overcome Obstacles
5) Develop long-term Success Habits for ensured success and more


See complete details and opportunity to submit at

Seeking Grant Peer Reviewers . . .

Wanted - Grant Writers

Open to beginner, intermediate or advance grant writers (and/or those with no experience but wanting to learn the grant process), Sherita Herring-Ogles / Philanthropy Alliance Foundation is soliciting Peer Reviewers for a quarter of a million-dollar collaboration with renowned speaker Jack Canfield and the Wells International Foundation (WIF).

Serving as a Peer Grant Reviewer is an excellent way to learn about the grant process, become familiar with a particular grant program and/or funding agency, and network with colleagues and funding agency representatives. In addition, becoming a grant reviewer is one of the best ways to prepare for the development of a grant proposal.

Selected Reviewers will serve on this esteemed committee from May 18, 2021 – June 12, 2021.

Please share with anyone you know that's a grant writer, or wishes to learn the grant writing process as a Peer Reviewer.

See the full Announcement at

Philanthropy Alliance Launches Youth Veterinarian Initiative


The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment of veterinarians is projected to grow 16% from 2021 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations. Preparing young people to enter the veterinarian field, Philanthropy Alliance Foundation’s Youth Veterinarian Initiative (YVI) is being developed to provide early exposure to this exhilarating career path.

YVI's launch is beginning with a $18,000 grant secured through our collaborating partner, Wells International Foundation. Founder, Monique Y. Wells, is a Veterinary Pathologists out of Paris France, and will be significant for the project.

Not letting COVID-19 stop our progress, YVI will initially offer virtual programs to reach international youth, as we collaborate with veterinarians all over the globe.

In the later phase of YVI, we will offer a Youth Vet Camp for aspiring young veterinarians (ages 10-17), where our hands-on camping experience will include equine, beef, and dairy proficiencies through collaborating facilities. Youth participants will be involved with running lab tests, milking cows, and a variety of fun and educational activities to expose students to the field of veterinary medicine. With the camp being located on Philanthropy Alliances’ Oglesby Acres in Central Arkansas, youth will also experience live learning proficiencies with various fowl (chickens, ducks, Guinea), learning hatchling care, egg-laying and more. Student activities will also include field trips to local veterinary facilities and teaching programs in collaboration with local clinics and animal rescues.

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Funding Opportunities . . .

Grant opportunities

Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation Funding

As COVID-19 is still very much with us in 2021, The Peter & Elizabeth Tower Foundation will offer two additional opportunities to support community organizations that continue their work in the face of challenges tied to the pandemic. Organizations with existing programming expressly serving young people with intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, mental illness, and/or substance use disorders and their families, are eligible to apply for unrestricted grants of up to $25,000. Applications for the second round are due by Wednesday, July 7, 2021. Read the COVID-19 Response Guidelines below for important information on eligibility, deadlines, and instructions at

NEH AND UK Arts and Humanities Research Council Support Digital Innovation

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced that it is now accepting applications for the second round of the NEH/AHRC New Directions for Digital Scholarship in Cultural Institutions. This international grant program was designed to have a transformational impact on digital methods and digital research in cultural institutions. Recipients are eligible to receive grants of up to $150,000.

“Cultural institutions the world over have demonstrated remarkable resilience and ingenuity throughout the pandemic,” said AHRC Executive Chair, Professor Christopher Smith.

The application deadline is July 8, 2021. See complete details at

Filmmakers have been cooped up since... last spring. It's time to emerge! As you walk toward the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, there are film grants, contests, and labs to help get you there. Here are a few. . .

Film Independent Sloan Distribution Grant

If you have a nearly completed (or finished) a narrative film with a leading character that is a scientist, engineer, or mathematician, this grant could be for you. From FIND, "The Sloan Distribution Grant will be a $50,000 grant awarded by Film Independent to a film that is entering its distribution phase... Eligible films must depict themes, stories, and characters grounded in real science, technology, or economics."

Deadline: Rolling
See the details at

The AXS Film Fund

The AXS Film Fund is being launched to support an underserved group—creators of color with disabilities who are engaged in documentary work.

The newly-announced program will offer up to five documentary filmmakers and nonfiction new media artists grants of up to $10,000 each, designed “to assist them finishing their projects in any stage of production.” Applications will be accepted at the AXS Film Fund portal beginning June 1, with a submissions deadline of September 3.

“While we ask that a person of color with a disability is a key contributor to the project,” AXS noted, “we welcome diverse teams to apply.”

See more at

Grant Master Class with Sherita Herring-Oglesby

The next Grant Master Class Series starts May 4, 2021

Class Max - Only 6 Seats!
Take advantage of the Special Rate of $425 (saving $75)

If you can't attend the first session, all classes are recorded.

Facilitated by Sherita Herring-Oglesby, learn from one of the top Grant Procurement strategists that has coached global leaders, celebrities, professional athletes and community leaders all over the world, including 14+ countries.

Join us and learn essential Grant Writing Skills in just 6 two-hour sessions!

Even if you’re not new at grant writing, this comprehensive training will fine-tune your skills!

o Learn the difference between all the grant proposal components, i.e., Executive Summary, Needs Statement, Program Description, Organization History and the Budget

o Learn how to define your deliverables, while effectively developing strategies to measure your achievable outcomes

o Learn how to develop innovative program strategies to meet grant funder guidelines

o Learn how to clearly draft your program budgets to ensure all program costs are articulated

▪ Bonuses . . .
Bonuses . . .

o Each participate will also leave the training with a complete list of grant funders, specifically researched for their program needs (value $300 minimum)

o In addition to the group sessions, each participant will receive two one-on-one sessions with Sherita (valued at $150/hour)

See more and register at

Can't attend this class, but want to enroll and save $75 for next session. Call 501-499-6171.


New Home for Philanthropy Alliance Foundation

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We're excited to announce that Philanthropy Alliance Foundation's office and Oglesby Acres programs are located on the 30 acre heir property of our Founder, Sherita Herring-Oglesby. Her grandmother and 13 siblings were born in the old homestead house, built by her great grandfather.

Once known as Canady Hill in the Hattieville/Cleveland area of Central Arkansas, we're excited about the pending programs. Not to be forgotten, we're gathering the history and family photos to tell the story of our Canady lineage while dedicating the land -- because our history never should be forgotten.

To stay abreast of future programming, subscribe to us on Facebook at @OglesbyAcres, and subscribe to our Youtube.


Philanthropic LifeStyle News (PLSNews)
Produced by Philanthropy Alliance Foundation
Editor in Chief - Sherita Herring-Oglesby
Phone: (501) 499-6171