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About the brand

Program
Emerge

Our Mission & Vision

1847 Philanthropic was established to enhance the long-term viability and financial stability of indigenous organizations in developing countries. We specialize in diversifying donor based funding strategies that support the continuing growth and strength of organizations in Africa.

Our story begins with the significance of 1847. It is the year that the first African country gained independence and established a sovereign state. The goal of 1847 Philanthropic is to build upon the new and continuing independence of philanthropy in Africa. Working with foundations, corporations and institutional investors, our focus is to help create a cohesive and systematic process of fundraising that enables local African organizations to manage, monitor and report their activities with transparency.

About the founder

Rashida
Perter
Co-founder & CEO

An Introduction

Rashida Petersen is the CEO and Founder of 1847 Philanthropic and new technology start-up DIA-Fund. The catalyst to establish 1847 Philanthropic emanates from Ms. Petersen’s strong desire to create lasting impact in Africa by bringing the essentials of fundraising to their nonprofit institutions. DIA-Fund is a hybrid micro-philanthropy platform that connects members of the diaspora in the U.S with vetted community based organizations in their home country and was developed out of 1847 Philanthropic, as technology solution to the problem of expensive due diligence costs to vet grassroots organizations.  

Her Early Career

Ms. Petersen’s career has been built on expertise gained from leading major fundraising and development initiatives in Africa as well as expanding U.S. trade and investment in developing countries. Working within the development departments of international nonprofits, she has been responsible for annual funding goals of over $16 million dollars in institutional funding and over $1.3 million dollars cumulative in unrestricted sponsorship dollars. 

Her steadfast focus on causes with strong community involvement and local impact enabled her to work with some of the major civil rights leaders of our time, including Ambassador Andrew Young, at GoodWorks International, an international management-consulting firm and she served as the vice-president for programs and business development at OIC International, this organization carries the legacy of the late Reverend Leon H. Sullivan. 

Ms. Petersen began her career at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she served as the East Africa desk officer within the International Trade Administration. Additionally, she served as the acting senior commercial officer with the African Development Bank in Tunis, Tunisia. She was formerly the director of membership and marketing for The Corporate Council on Africa, a trade organization devoted to increasing U.S. trade and investment in Africa. 

Her Accolades & Education

Ms. Petersen is a noted speaker on topics related to international development, organizational development and local impact, fundraising, as well as the importance of diversity in international affairs at conferences and events around the world including, Council on Foreign Relations’ Conference on Diversity in International Affairs and Africa 2018 Forum amongst others.  

Rashida Petersen holds an International Business degree from the University of Maryland. She currently serves on the advisory board of the University of Maryland’s Hinman CEOs Program; is a member of Bridge Institute’s Africa Policy Group; active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a mentor for College Bound in Washington, D.C. 


About the founder

Rashida
Perter
Co-founder & CEO

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