The Franklin Fund: Making a difference
MaryAnn Franklin wants to help make sure Historically Black Colleges and Universities are around to nurture future generations of students, as she was nurtured by Fisk University years ago.
MaryAnn’s donor-advised fund at Community First Foundation is helping make that happen. “It’s very important to be a contributing alumna,” she said. “I enjoyed my experience at Fisk and want it to be around for future generations. Fisk has so many alumni who have made major contributions to the civil rights movement, education, medicine, and social justice.”
MaryAnn’s fund will also support groups helping women and girls of color become self-sufficient. MaryAnn supports the Women’s Foundation of Colorado because it builds resources and leads change so that women and girls in Colorado achieve their full potential.
“You don’t hear too much about their struggle but if you walk into any type of agency where there are childcare, training or rehabilitation needs in Denver, most of them seeking services are women of color,” said MaryAnn. “Without advocates, they struggle alone.”