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Ìpàdé

Ìpàdé meets the needs of womxn of color by cultivating community and providing high-impact programming designed for us by us.

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Campaign Ends on April 30, 2021

Project Description

Ipade is styled after Ìpàdé (ee-pah-day) - a word from the West African Yoruba language that conveys a sense of gathering and coming together. It’s important for Black, Indigenous, and womxn of color (cis, trans, and nonbinary) who are working for justice, equality, and positive social change to be able to gather and grow.  

 

We need programming that caters to our personal growth and professional goals. Unfortunately, many spaces aren't truly welcoming to us. They don't cater to our unique needs because they are either unwilling to or they can’t. But Ipade can!  

Ipade meets the needs of Black, Indigenous, and womxn of color by cultivating community and providing high- impact programming designed for us by us. We bring together activists, advocates, innovators, and creators to build skills, resilience, and power to disrupt the status quo, dismantle systems of oppression, and transform society for the good of our communities. We do that by providing member-driven workshops, events, and content in safe spaces that center Black and Brown womxn.

 

Faced with race, gender, economic, and other forms of oppression, Black and Brown womxn find support and success in community with like-minded people. Members of the Ipade community are go-getters, changemakers, visionaries, and innovators. They are social entrepreneurs, movement leaders, and creatives who are passionate about dismantling systems of oppression, doing good, and leaving their mark on the world. Ipadé is a safe space designed for them.

Ipade is committed to changing the lives of the change makers so they have the knowledge, community, resources, and support they need to disrupt the status quo and cause social change. When we invest in womxn of color, we transform the world.

Join us!

 

Ipade launched in April 2020 with virtual programming to immediately provide safe space for Black and Brown womxn to be in community with each other and get the support they need. We are also providing content to bolster changemakers in the fight against racism and systemic violence affecting Black and Brown people.  

We’re now accepting virtual memberships! As a member you will have access to an inclusive community of like-minded womxn and specially curated workshops, events, and content. You will also be able to contribute to Ipade’s early growth. 

Here’s what’s included in your new virtual membership:

  • Weekly members-only opportunities to connect and co-work with like-minded womxn of color in your city and across the US
  • Workshops and events designed by womxn of color to help you learn new skills, increase your resilience, pursue your passions, and step into your purpose
  • Intimate conversations with womxn of color leaders, innovators, and creatives
  • Curated resources to help you tap into your power and accomplish your goals

Ipade is committed to utilizing the services of people of color-owned, womxn-owned, and socially conscious businesses, compensating contributors fairly for their work, and offering the virtual membership at an affordable rate. 

With the funds we raise through this campaign, we will:

  • Build a digital home for Black and Brown womxn changemakers, innovators, and leaders
  • Ensure we have necessary technological infrastructure to keep us connected and informed
  • Compensate Black, Indigenous, and womxn of color fairly to create content, share their expertise, provide instruction, and grow the community
  • Secure a brick and mortar space in the heart of Washington, DC to open in early 2021

Pictured: Idealized image of Ipade brick & mortar space

Pictured: Idealized image of Ipade brick & mortar space

With your support, we can achieve our mission while advancing economic justice, supporting people of color-owned businesses, and meeting the needs of Black, Indigenous, and womxn of color right now as we build our collective future.

At Ipade, we value people of color-led entrepreneurship, economic justice, sustainability, and self-determination for people of color. The best way we can live out those values is by raising funds to continue to do our work and by utilizing a community-focused approach to do it. That’s why we’ve chosen crowdfunding as a first step to help us grow. Your financial support will help us be responsive to the Ipade community's needs during this critical moment and secure our first physical space. 

Thank you for your contribution!

 

Elizabeth Dawes Gay (she/her) is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about solving social problems that specifically affect womxn of color. Her life’s mission is to create a world where womxn of color have what they need to achieve their ideal well-being. Elizabeth’s lived experience as a Black woman in the United States drives her to fight injustice and create a more equitable world. Elizabeth founded Ipade because womxn of color deserve a beautiful and functional sanctuary where they can work, learn, strategize, and organize free from racially-driven macro and micro aggression. She is a co-founder of the Black Mamas Matter Alliance, the founder of Sisu Social Justice Consulting, and the founder of a leadership development initiative called Black Women For. Elizabeth is a global citizen based in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

Learn more about our work at ipade.online!

The Campaign FAQs

Can I participate in the virtual membership even if I am not based in Washington, DC?

Absolutely! This virtual space is for any womxn of color interested in connecting with others who are committed to creating a more just and equitable world. Washington, DC will be our first location but there will be opportunities to connect in-person in various cities across the US when it is safe to do so. 

What is the 6-month virtual membership period?

The 6-month virtual membership for womxn of color will run from October 2020 through March 2021. All members will be required to agree to the community guidelines before gaining access to the virtual space.

Are you looking for speakers or facilitators?

Yes! If you have skills, experience, or expertise you want to share with WoC complete this form to connect with us.

When will you begin selling coworking memberships to the DC space?

Phase 2 of our development will begin in 2021. In the meantime, join our virtual community by purchasing the Changemaker Founding Membership on our crowdfunding page. That way, you can start connecting with other womxn of color changemakers and get early access to our curated programming. All members will be required to agree to the community guidelines before gaining access to the virtual space.

Timothy Burkhead
02/25/2021
Supporter Shout Out
$25
Tiffany P Gillespie
02/19/2021
Limited Edition Journal
$75
Camille Grant
02/19/2021
Limited Edition Journal
$75
Samantha Abrams
02/18/2021
Supporter Shout Out
$25
Crystal Goliday
02/18/2021
Movement Maker Contribution
$100
Marjorie Dorime-WIlliams
02/18/2021
Monetary Contribution
$5
Kate Goodall
02/18/2021
Limited Edition Print
$50
Desiree Tunstall
02/18/2021
Supporter Shout Out
$25
02/18/2021
Supporter Shout Out
$25
Ama Aningo
02/18/2021
Limited Edition Print
$50
Monetary Contribution

Give any amount to become an Ipade Supporter! Thank you!

29 Supporters
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25.00 USD
Supporter Shout Out

As a thank you, we'll give you a shoutout on Instagram!

48 Supporters
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50.00 USD
Limited Edition Print

Give $50 and receive a limited-edition Resist Create Thrive 8x8 print and sticker.

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100.00 USD
Movement Maker Contribution

Thank you for helping us support the movers and shakers who are building a better world for communities of color!

2 Supporters
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300.00 USD
Exceptional Ally

Thank you for being an ally to womxn of color! This reward comes with a 30-minute meet and greet with Founder, Elizabeth Gay.

0 Supporters
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500.00 USD
Social Justice Supporter

Meet with our founder, Elizabeth Dawes Gay, for a 90-minute social justice strategy consulting call.

6 Supporters
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1,000.00 USD
Womxn of Color Warrior

As a Womxn of Color Warrior, you will receive a special invitation to a Funders' Circle early access event!

4 Supporters
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5,000.00 USD
Angel

Thank you for being an Angel! As an Angel, you will receive an invitation to an investor call with Founder and CEO Elizabeth Gay, along with special invitations to Funders' Circle opportunities!

0 Supporters
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150.00 USD
Changemaker Founding Membership

As a member, you will have access to an inclusive community of people like you who want Black and Brown communities to thrive, a network of support and accountability as you scale your activism and social impact, and resources to help you grow personally and professionally. We invite you to join via http://community.ipade.online!

20 Supporters
None available

Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Give any amount to become an Ipade Supporter! Thank you!

29 Supporters
Select this reward
25.00 USD
Supporter Shout Out

As a thank you, we'll give you a shoutout on Instagram!

48 Supporters
Select this reward
50.00 USD
Limited Edition Print

Give $50 and receive a limited-edition Resist Create Thrive 8x8 print and sticker.

23 Left
32 Supporters
Select this reward
100.00 USD
Movement Maker Contribution

Thank you for helping us support the movers and shakers who are building a better world for communities of color!

2 Supporters
Select this reward
300.00 USD
Exceptional Ally

Thank you for being an ally to womxn of color! This reward comes with a 30-minute meet and greet with Founder, Elizabeth Gay.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
500.00 USD
Social Justice Supporter

Meet with our founder, Elizabeth Dawes Gay, for a 90-minute social justice strategy consulting call.

6 Supporters
Select this reward
1,000.00 USD
Womxn of Color Warrior

As a Womxn of Color Warrior, you will receive a special invitation to a Funders' Circle early access event!

4 Supporters
Select this reward
5,000.00 USD
Angel

Thank you for being an Angel! As an Angel, you will receive an invitation to an investor call with Founder and CEO Elizabeth Gay, along with special invitations to Funders' Circle opportunities!

0 Supporters
Select this reward
150.00 USD
Changemaker Founding Membership

As a member, you will have access to an inclusive community of people like you who want Black and Brown communities to thrive, a network of support and accountability as you scale your activism and social impact, and resources to help you grow personally and professionally. We invite you to join via http://community.ipade.online!

20 Supporters
None available