We Pay It Forward
If there was any time to be aware of the needs of others, it is now. 2020 has been a rough year for most, but particularly hard on the Black community. As a black-owned beauty brand, we understand how critical it is to give back to our community to help create opportunities for others.
That is why we have donated to more organizations this year than ever before. We have been on the receiving end of the BeyGood Impact Fund with the NAACP so we must pay it forward.
Some of the organizations we have donated to this year are:
Juneteenth Celebration: United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
In an effort to support the black community, Uhai donated 19% of its profits to the United Negro College Fund. This contribution was made in honor of Juneteenth, a holiday which commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. For so long, black people were unable to exercise simple rights and even after the Emancipation Proclamation, it took another 2 years for all African Americans to finally be free in the United States. While they were in enslavement, the children of African American slaves were prohibited from going to schools or gaining any form of education. The ones who were able to learn how to read and write did so in secrecy and fear. Susan Edwards, founder of Uhai, highlighted how important this holiday is to the Black community and wanted to do her own part to contribute to the celebration. She did this by donating a percentage of Uhai’s earnings to the UNCF as a way for the brand to ensure that Black youth have access to a college education.
Giving Tuesday: Collaboration with National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Earlier this year, Uhai was a recipient of the BeyGOOD x NAACP Impact Fund which is a program that awards grants to black-owned small businesses hit by the pandemic. The NAACP is a civil rights organization that was formed in 1909 to promote the social, political, educational, and economic rights of colored people while BeyGood is a philanthropic foundation launched by Beyonce Knowles. As a way of celebrating this achievement and paying it forward, we are donating 10% of our sales to the NAACP through Giving Tuesday on the 1st of December 2020. 41% of Black-owned small businesses have closed because of the pandemic. “We are all too aware of the struggles being faced as a small business owner and cannot shy away from helping fellow entrepreneurs in these times of uncertainty.” - Susan Edwards, Founder