Organic & Natural Health Association, Williams-Franklin Foundation partner to support HBCU students

March 19, 2021
Alissa Marrapodi

The Organic & Natural Health Association partnered with the Williams-Franklin Foundation to help raise a minimum of $50,000 over the next five years to support education expenses for historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) students.

The Organic & Natural Health Association (Washington, D.C.) partnered with the Williams-Franklin Foundation to help raise a minimum of $50,000 over the next five years to support education expenses for historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) students.

“This is an Organic & Natural Health initiative, but it’s not ours to own,” said Karen Howard, executive director of Organic & Natural Health, in a press release. “We want to make this an industry-wide initiative for diversity and inclusion, and we want it to be as big and as noteworthy as what Vitamin Angels has achieved for dietary supplement distribution to countries in need. Exposure to our industry is the biggest barrier to lack of diversification in our organizations. Together, as an industry, we can proactively work to change this dynamic.”

The fund, “Organic & Natural Health Scholarship Fund”, will support networking opportunities for HBCU students, graduates, and natural health executives with the purpose of igniting internships and career opportunities, while helping to create a more diverse and inclusive industry. The Williams-Franklin Foundation provides academic scholarships, business/career networking, and mentoring opportunities to HBCU students with extreme financial need. 

Leaders and companies within the natural products industry who want to donate a tax-deductible gift directly to the Williams-Franklin Foundation’s Organic & Natural Health Scholarship Fund can click here and select “Organic & Natural Health Fund” in the drop box when donating.