Announcing the Fall 2020 Grant Recipients

We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Plutus Foundation’s Fall 2020 grants. We received a significant number of outstanding submissions for this round, and, after careful consideration, we’ve decided on two strong programs to support.

Here are the Fall 2020 grant recipients.

Millennial Wealth Builders (MWBs)

Millennial Wealth Builders will help women of color between the ages of 24-39 learn practical strategies to build wealth through an audio docuseries. The series will highlight financial opportunities less known in communities of Color and empower listeners to take action, obtain wealth, and close the wealth gap.

Passionate about sharing real stories and honest conversations, the 12-part audio series will also highlight how Millennial Wealth Builders (MWBs) are moving past obstacles and building real wealth in the 21st century.

About the founders

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Danielle Desir is the host of the affordable travel and personal finance podcast, The Thought Card, which has amassed over 40,000 downloads worldwide in two years. The Thought Card empowers financially savvy travelers to make more informed financial decisions — travel more, pay off debt, and build wealth.

Danielle is also the founder of WOC (Women of Color) Podcasters, a podcasting community, blog, and membership of 3,600+ women dedicated to amplifying the voices of women of color podcasters and audio creators. She has been a featured guest on over 65 podcasts and has been featured on The New York Times, CNBC, and Forbes.

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As a wealth strategist, Acquania Escarne helps clients across the country build and maintain generational wealth through saving and investing. Through her website and podcast, The Purpose of Money, Acquania teaches Women of Color about saving, investing, and building wealth through real estate, investing in the stock market, life insurance, and more.

She has been featured in Black Enterprise and Equal Opportunity, a career magazine for minority graduates. She is also a finance freelance writer who has written for Wealth Noir and




The Legacy Project

Building Bread will be conducting a series of workshops on custodial accounts and 529 college savings plans to first-time parents with children under the age of 1.

The participants of this program are first-time African-American parents of children under the age of 1 who reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District also known as “Black Wall Street.”

About the founder

Kevin L. Matthews II is a number one bestselling author, former financial advisor, and native of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He has helped hundreds of individuals plan for their retirement in addition to managing more than $140 million in assets during his advisory career. By 2017, he was named one of the Top 100 Most Influential Financial Advisors by Investopedia.

Kevin launched BuildingBread in 2010, to inspire millennials to set, simplify, and achieve any financial goal. Kevin regularly speaks to young adults across the country and has been featured in several media publications and productions includingThe Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Forbes, Black Enterprise, and many others.

Congratulations to this season’s grant recipients. If you are interested in receiving support from the Plutus Foundation for your financial literacy project, subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear when the next round of grants is available for submissions.

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