Nile Rodgers celebrates 70th birthday with $1 million We Are Family Foundation donation

Youth to the Front Fund 2022 Frontliners announced

Nile Rodgers is celebrating his 70th birthday and the 20th anniversary of his We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) with a $1 million endowment gifted to the organization. Rodgers’ gift is an important personal investment to ensure solidifying the longevity of WAFF and its programs for future generations.

“My mother used to say, ‘It’s better to give than to receive.’ I knew the best thing I could do to celebrate my 70th birthday and the 20th anniversary of WAFF was to provide a million-dollar endowment to sustain the foundation’s important work. Our Global Teen Leaders and Youth To The Front Fund “Frontliners” give us their all and this is the least I can do to continue supporting them,” Rodgers shares.

Committed to fighting systemic racism, inequality and injustice, WAFF is also pleased to announce the 2022 Youth To The Front Fund “Frontliners,” representing 7 states in the USA and 15 countries on 6 continents.

WAFF created the Youth To The Front Fund (YTTFF) in 2020 to support under 30-year-old BIPOC-centered youth activists, youth-led organizations, projects, innovations and creative solutions at the forefront of fighting systemic racism, inequality and injustice. The 2022 Frontliners’ work in the USA, and around the globe, is funded through generous contributions from WAFF’s Board of Directors and its partners, SAP, Sony Music Group, and the Walton Family Foundation.

The 2022 Frontliners, aged 18 to 29, are using their creativity and infusing science, art, technology and social justice into their project design and overall implementation to collectively reimagine new possibilities and solutions that positively impact and shape future generations. Frontliners’ projects focus on: Civic & Community Engagement, Education Equity, Climate Justice, and Criminal Justice Reform.

Buddy Iahn
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