Check out our latest newsletter! Annual event honoring the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, exciting grant announcements, recent events, as well as news about our new fiscal sponsorship partners, Wildlife ACT and Wildlands.
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FROM THE EMPOWERS AFRICA BOARD OF TRUSTEES: As we head into the fall, we want to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful supporters who share our vision of protecting wildlife and furthering sustainable economic development in Africa. Empowers Africa has seen much growth this year with several new staff members, two additional fiscal sponsor partners and increased financial support for the incredible organizations we work with in Sub-Saharan Africa. Our efforts are made possible by our generous donors, attendees of our events and auctions, as well as our active social media following. We greatly appreciate your involvement and are so encouraged by the enthusiasm of our global community. Please enjoy our latest newsletter and get up-to-date on all things Empowers Africa!
Empowers Africa is thrilled to announce that our collaborative film with Black Bean Productions and Rhinos in Africa showcasing the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit has been selected by National Geographic for their Short Film Showcase.  The video highlights a day in the life of a Black Mamba ranger. While shooting footage for the film, Empowers Africa was able to meet some of the incredible rangers who risk their lives to protect South Africa’s wildlife. As the Black Mambas continue their noble work of challenging poachers as well as gender norms, our organization is proud to stand with such a crucial and socially empowering cause [READ MORE]

Thank you Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit for all that you do to save our rhinos and protect our communities. To learn more about the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, please visit 

Click Here To Watch The Video!
Save the Date! Next year's annual event will take place on Thursday, April 20th, 2017 at the Explorers Club in New York City. We are extremely pleased to report that our honorees for this event will be the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit (“APU”). Our guests of honor include two Black Mamba field rangers, Leitah Mkhebela and Belinda Mzimba, as well as the founder of the Black Mamba APU and Head Warden of the Balule Nature Reserve, Craig Spencer. 

Cocktails will begin at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 8:00pm. We will offer a seated dinner for approximately 110 attendees and an additional 50 guests for cocktails. The event will also feature live and silent auctions.
Empowers Africa is partnering with leading tour operator, Extraordinary Journeys, to host a reception honoring Dr. Laurie Marker, Executive Director of Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). The reception will be held on November 3rd in New York City. Tickets are a $50 suggested donation which will directly benefit CCF and their conservation efforts. 

Dr. Marker has pioneered research, established conservation models and created cooperative alliances that had never before existed. Under her leadership, Cheetah Conservation Fund has grown into a world-class research, education and conservation institution near Otjiwarongo, Namibia, situated on a 100,000 acre integrated wildlife and livestock private reserve.

To learn more about the event and how to purchase tickets, please see the link below.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors, Empowers Africa is able to continue its financial support of some amazing projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Over the last three months, we have made the following grants:
We are extremely proud to be the new fiscal sponsor for Wildlands and Wildife ACT, as they continue to make great strides for species and land conservation in Africa.
We are proud to announce two new organizations to our fiscal sponsorship program, which enables our partners in Africa to accept tax-deductible donations from U.S. donors through Empowers Africa’s established 501(c)(3). Our new partners, Wildlife ACT and Wildlands, support a wide variety of conservation and environmental education projects across southern Africa. This new partnership will provide these organizations with a cost-effective solution to fundraising in the United States. 
Wildlands is one of South Africa’s leading environmental non-profit organizations. Through strategic partnerships with communities, the private sector and the South African government, Wildlands is helping South Africa to strengthen its natural ecosystems, educate local communities and improve livelihoods. More recently, Wildlands has co-produced the groundbreaking documentary, Blood Lions™, which exposes captive lion breeding and the canned lion hunting industry in South Africa. Wildlands’ participation in the Blood Lions’ campaign is aimed at regulating the captive lion industry and furthering wild lion conservation in South Africa. [READ MORE]

Wildlife ACT works to advance conservation by initiating, implementing and managing projects at no cost to wildlife reserves that rarely have the means to do so themselves. They are currently focused on Zululand in South Africa, an area with one of the most diverse and productive wild lands on the planet. To fund their monitoring projects, Wildlife ACT runs a wildlife volunteer program. Volunteers who engage in important conservation work benefit from a wildlife experience while contributing to conservation through their time, efforts and funds. Volunteers participate in the daily tracking and monitoring of endangered wildlife such as the African wild dog, cheetah and black rhino, as well as priority species such as elephant, lion and leopard.  [READ MORE]
On Sept. 14 in NYC, Empowers Africa hosted a luncheon featuring presentations by Dr. Andrew Venter from Wildlands and Dr. Simon Morgan from Wildlife ACT Fund.
Pictured Above from left: Paula Franklin, Dr. Simon Morgan, Dr. Andrew Venter, Ally Lebron, and Krista Krieger.

Empowers Africa was thrilled to host a  luncheon on Sept. 14 in NYC featuring    presentations by Dr. Andrew Venter from   Wildlands and Dr. Simon Morgan from Wildlife ACT. Dr. Venter spoke about  various Wildlands initiatives addressing   issues ranging from wildlife and land  protection to community development. Dr. Morgan followed to discuss Wildlife ACT’s endangered species monitoring programs and the organization’s opportunities for internships and volunteering.                                 
This event was held, in part, to introduce these two organizations as our recently added fiscal sponsorship partners. The fiscal sponsorship program enables our partners in Africa to accept tax deductible donations from U.S. donors through Empowers Africa’s established 501(c)(3), providing them with a cost-effective solution to fundraising in the United States. Empowers Africa is extremely proud to be the fiscal sponsor for these two organizations as they continue to make great strides for species and land conservation in Africa. To learn more, please visit them at and Thank you to all who joined us for this event!


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Paula Franklin - Strategic Partnerships
Paula has officially joined Empowers Africa, focusing on developing our fiscal sponsorship program. Since graduating from Howard University, Paula has worked exclusively in travel and has built an exceptional network of contacts in the travel industry, specifically in New York’s publishing world and Africa's safari industry. Paula has traveled all over Sub-Saharan Africa including Botswana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania. Her numerous trips to Africa have brought her to some of the most luxurious camps and lodges, as well as to dedicated philanthropic projects such as lodge-funded schools, community gardens, women’s business collectives and animal conservation initiatives.
Alexandra Lebron - Development Officer
Ally joined the Empowers Africa team in June 2016. She has a background in primatology and wildlife conservation, with particular respect to East and Central Africa. Ally received her BA in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her MSc degree in Primate Conservation from Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom. For her Master’s dissertation, she travelled to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda to explore the fragile relationship that exists between the Park and its surrounding communities. She currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for Cura Earth, a conservation non-profit also based in New York.
Kristen Venter - Communications Coordinator 
Born and raised in South Africa, Kristen Venter has always had a passion for wildlife conservation.  She spent her childhood on a game farm in the Limpopo Province where she first witnessed the devastating effects of rhino poaching. Kristen joined Empowers Africa as a summer intern in 2016 and will continue managing the organization's social media in the fall. Kristen is entering her second year at the Marshall School of Business at USC in Los Angeles. She is in the Business and Cinematic Arts (BCA) program, pursuing a joint major that specializes in business in the entertainment industry. Kristen also plays for the USC Women’s Tennis team.
Caitlin Venter – Communications Coordinator
Caitlin is a senior at New York University studying Media, Culture, and Communication with a Minor in Documentary Film. As a South African living abroad she plans to pursue a career in Media and Film, specifically documentary, in the hopes of engaging the public in African stories ranging from conservation to human rights. Caitlin will be with Empowers Africa on Fridays during the fall semester to help with social media and marketing strategies, as well as administrative duties. 
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