The Culturist Union | IFundWomen Skip to main content

The Culturist Union

The Culturist Union (TCU) is an inclusive communal space where you can be seen + heard + celebrated.

$10,060
pledged of$10,000 goal
99
33Days Left
Fund it
Campaign Ends on November 30, 2020

Project Description

The Problem

Young Black professionals of Savannah,Georgia do not have a centric hub that promotes diverse collaboration, interconnection, and experiences that help them thrive personally, professionally, and socially. As a result, many bright, young professionals, creators, and freelancers relocate to cities that fully embrace their unique culture and perspective.

 

The Mission

The Culturist Union's mission is to provide an inclusive and innovative safe space that unites a union of diverse people who are eager to be their best selves, live authentically, and thrive.

The Culturist Union’s mantra “Take Up Space” is a rallying cry for the marginalized person to make their presence known in the world by creating a space of their own both figuratively and literally through professional expansion and personal growth.

 

The Solution

A local coffeehouse & gathering spot

The Culturist Union (TCU) is transforming our private-membership cultural hub and digital platform into a brick-and-mortar coffeehouse! 

 

The Culturist Union is still centered around the social, professional, and economic empowerment of Black creators, entrepreneurs, and professionals and will continue to be an incubator for the community through our events, discussions, and wellness programs.

Inside the coffeehouse: 

A socially distanced 3600 sq ft outdoor seating space

A 900 Sq ft café & marketplace that houses products and merch from black artisans

A walk-up window for grab & go coffee and pastries

A rotation of locally sourced coffee, teas, and fresh snacks

A 1000 sq ft yoga studio w/ shower

Free Ample parking

TCU COFFEEHOUSE POTENTIAL SITE LOCATION IN DOWNTOWN SAVANNAH GA. 

 

What We Offer 

 


History behind the name: The Culturist Union

A’LELIA BUNDLES/MADAM WALKER FAMILY ARCHIVES/COURTESY THE NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION

 

The Culturist Union is coined after the esteemed Sarah Breedlove also known as Madam C.J. Walker’s Beauty Culturist League. Madam C.J. Walker became the first black millionaire in America by creating and selling a successful line of hair care products.

In 1917, Walker hosted her first Annual Convention called ‘The Madam C. J. Walker Hair Culturists Union of America’. More than 200 ‘hair culturists’ attended the convention to learn about sales, marketing, management. She advocated for these women entrepreneurs to use their influence and financial independence to affect social and political change by giving cash awards to the entrepreneurs who contributed the most charity to their communities. In Madam C.J. Walker’s community building spirit, The Culturist Union aspires to create a safe space where people of all merits can come together to create, cultivate, and collaborate with one another.

  

Our Past Events 

 

Why TCU Needs Your Contribution

The Culturist Union is a growing hub for social connection and economic empowerment in the epicenter of southern culture: Savannah, Ga.

We have a heart for building a safe space for marginalized folx to be seen, heard, and celebrated. We are deeply committed to our community and know that when you invest in Black people’s well-being, EVERYONE benefits.

Our coffeehouse will be a haven for culture, care, celebration, and well-being. We believe in the power of community! By tapping into the hearts and minds of like-minded folx, together, we can ignite a chain of positive change for our world.

All funds raised through iFundwomen will be used to build out our coffeehouse space.

 

Meet our founder

 

 

 

The Campaign FAQs

 

 

 

Karessa Johnson
03/15/2020
Monetary Contribution
$50
Karessa Johnson
03/15/2020
Monetary Contribution
$100
Jillian Stafford
03/15/2020
TCU Shirt
$50
Jacilyn L
03/15/2020
Startup Consultation
$50
Markeita
03/15/2020
Thank You
$10
Karessa Johnson
03/15/2020
Monetary Contribution
$77
Karessa Johnson
03/15/2020
Monetary Contribution
$110
Tiana Johnson
03/14/2020
TCU Shirt
$45
03/14/2020
TCU Evangelist
$75
Katie McMillen Hart
03/13/2020
TCU Mug
$35
25.00 USD
TCU Social Butterfly

TCU will publicly thank you by giving you a shout out on our social media story (remember to include your social media handle so that you can get the recognition you deserve as a true social butterfly.)

11 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD
Thank You

As a thank you for supporting our mission, TCU will send you all the good vibes.

16 Supporters
None available
35.00 USD
TCU Mug

Sip your coffee in a TCU mug!

13 Supporters
None available
45.00 USD
TCU Shirt

Represent TCU in your dope new tee.

12 Supporters
None available
50.00 USD
Startup Consultation

Are you starting a new business and not sure where to start? Look no further!

You get a 45-minute consultation with our founder, Elbi, a visionary with global relations experience and years of start-up knowledge on how to turn your passion into a business.

8 Supporters
None available
75.00 USD
TCU Evangelist

Sip your coffee with your TCU mug while rocking your TCU shirt.

8 Supporters
None available
100.00 USD
TCU King/Queen

Get featured in our thank you listing as well as a link on our website.

12 Supporters
None available
250.00 USD
TCU Angel

As a TCU Angel you will receive all rewards:

  • social media shout out
  • TCU mug
  • TCU shirt
  • 45-minute startup consultation with our founder, Elbi
  • thank you listing and link on our website
2 Supporters
None available

Rewards

25.00 USD
TCU Social Butterfly

TCU will publicly thank you by giving you a shout out on our social media story (remember to include your social media handle so that you can get the recognition you deserve as a true social butterfly.)

11 Supporters
Select this reward
10.00 USD
Thank You

As a thank you for supporting our mission, TCU will send you all the good vibes.

16 Supporters
None available
35.00 USD
TCU Mug

Sip your coffee in a TCU mug!

13 Supporters
None available
45.00 USD
TCU Shirt

Represent TCU in your dope new tee.

12 Supporters
None available
50.00 USD
Startup Consultation

Are you starting a new business and not sure where to start? Look no further!

You get a 45-minute consultation with our founder, Elbi, a visionary with global relations experience and years of start-up knowledge on how to turn your passion into a business.

8 Supporters
None available
75.00 USD
TCU Evangelist

Sip your coffee with your TCU mug while rocking your TCU shirt.

8 Supporters
None available
100.00 USD
TCU King/Queen

Get featured in our thank you listing as well as a link on our website.

12 Supporters
None available
250.00 USD
TCU Angel

As a TCU Angel you will receive all rewards:

  • social media shout out
  • TCU mug
  • TCU shirt
  • 45-minute startup consultation with our founder, Elbi
  • thank you listing and link on our website
2 Supporters
None available