Netflix CEO and his wife Patty Quillin are donating $120 million toward student scholarships at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
According to reports, the couple is giving $40 million to three major Black institutions including the following:
- The United Negro College Fund
- Spelman College
- Morehouse College
The organizations say it is the large individual git in support of student scholarships at HBCUs. It is important to note, Hastings has a long history of supporting educational programs. He launched a $100 million fund in 2016, giving money toward college scholarships for Black and Latino students.
Hastings said now is the time “everyone needs to figure out” how to give back to solving systemic racism. He added HBCUs are “little known gems” for Black education.
Black Lives Matter movement
Netflix announces the company will donate $5 million to organizations dedicated to creating opportunities for Black creators, aspiring Black content creators, and Black-owned businesses including Ghetto Film School, Black Public Media, and Colin Kaepernick Know Your Rights Camp.
The streaming company announced an initial donation of $3 million with more to come.
“Tackling racism and injustice in meaningful ways means creating long-term opportunities for the Black community,” Netflix chairman and CEO Reed Hastings said in a statement. “The main role we play is through our funding of and member viewing of important content like ‘When They See Us.’ As an additional step, today we’re committing $5 million to nonprofits dedicated to creating direct opportunities for Black creators, Black youth and Black-owned businesses.”
The company said it is donating $500,00 to Black-owned companies in Los Angeles.
It is important to note Netflix was one of the first entertainment companies to voice their support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
“At YouTube, we believe Black lives matter and we all need to do more to dismantle systemic racism,” YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote in a Thursday morning blog post where she revealed the multiyear fund “dedicated to amplifying and developing the voices of Black creators and artists and their stories.”More Project Casting Entertainment news: